Published December 21, 1994
The BBC is planning to launch its 24-hour satellite news service, BBC World, in the U.S. in February. Former CNN President Reese Schonfeld's International News Network is a partner with the BBC in the new venture. BBC World would include international sports news in its 24-hour "news wheel" (Mult., 12/21)....AT&T is ready to join the on-line services market with its apparent victory in the battle to purchase Ziff Communications Co.'s Interchange Online Network....Fox Broadcasting has solicited the opinions of several former FCC officials "to help convince the FCC that it complied with rules limiting foreign ownership of TV stations to 25%" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/21)....WASHINGTON POST TV critic Tom Shales gives Direct Broadcast Satellite a a glowing review: "Clearly, this is the greatest new toy since the VCR, with pictures so sharp and rich that it's as if a veil were lifted from in front of the screen. Cable cannot compare. We keep hearing about the '500- channel universe' just around the corner, but it looks like an enormous corner. The 150-channel universe is here now, and it's a hoot" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/21).