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  • FCC ORDERS GAG RULE ON FOX CASE

         As federal regulators expanded their probe into charges that
    Fox Broadcasting's TV stations are "illegally controlled," a gag
    order was placed on those involved in the case.  The FCC issued a
    "formal gag order" to Fox execs and their attorneys as well as to
    the NAACP New York Chapter.  The order "highlights both the high-
    profile nature of the dispute and the political stakes for the
    FCC" (Paul Farhi, WASHINGTON POST, 12/8).  The NAACP challenged
    Fox's New York license, "arguing Fox is a foreign-owned company"
    in violation of FCC policy (Bill Carter, N.Y. TIMES, 12/8).  NBC
    launched a similar challenge last week.
         STOCK WATCH:  News Corp.'s shares fell to a two-year low
    amid "uncertainty" over NBC's challenge (AP, 12/8).
    

    Print | Tags: NBC, News Corp./Fox, Media
  • MEDIA NOTES

         USA TODAY will expand its on-line computer services and
    start by "converting the paper's existing on-line service, the
    Sports Center."  USA TODAY will move to a Microsoft Windows
    format and continue to provide "up-to-date statistics for fantasy
    league players and other sports enthusiasts" (USA TODAY,
    12/8)....Time Warner will unveil its long-delayed interactive
    television network next week in Orlando, FL (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
    12/7)....The Clippers have their games broadcast in Mandarin
    Chinese.  They join nine other NBA teams that offer non-English
    broadcasts (Mike Hiestand, USA TODAY, 12/8)....Fox is changing
    its Sunday night schedule.  Despite a strong lead-in from the
    NFL, ratings are lower than expected (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/8).
    

    Print | Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Microsoft, NBA, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media, Time Warner
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