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  • CBS TAKEOVER SPECULATION SURFACES

         A new "takeover rumor about CBS is quietly making the rounds
    on Wall Street," according to Dan Dorfman in this morning's USA
    TODAY.  Dorfman reports that speculation has arisen that a deal
    for CBS could come within three months, with a price tag of $6
    billion.  The names surfacing as potential CBS buyers:  Marvel
    Entertainment and New World CEO Ronald Perelman, Microsoft's Bill
    Gates, LDDS Communications Chair John Kluge, Bill Cosby, and the
    new entertainment power trio of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen
    and Jeffrey Katzenberg (USA TODAY, 11/7).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         The NFL notes that TNT, which wrapped up its broadcast of
    prime-time NFL games on Sunday nights, earned a record 8.8
    average rating for its '94 telecasts -- a 16% increase from last
    year's 7.6 rating.  Five of the TNT's 10 all-time highest rated
    games were broadcast this season (NFL).... Viacom, which earlier
    this year sold off Madison Square Garden and its pro teams, said
    Friday it is now looking to sell its five network affiliates in
    Shreveport, Hartford, Rochester, Albany and St. Louis (MIAMI
    HERALD, 11/5)....Rudy Martzke called ESPN's shaded clock/score
    graphic "more obtrusive" than Fox's (USA TODAY, 11/7)....On "NFL
    Live," Will McDonough reported the Raiders have sent a letter to
    Capital Cities asking for a retraction or apology from ESPN,
    whose Chris Mortensen said coach Art Shell made a racial remark
    against Jeff Hostetler, or they'd sue (NBC, 11/7).
    

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, ESPN, Madison Square Garden, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Media, TBS/TNT, Viacom, Walt Disney
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