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NBC'S OHLMEYER GOES ONE ON ONE WITH FOX

     NBC West Coast CEO Don Ohlmeyer yesterday "attacked the
business practices, programming and regulatory activities of his
Fox competitors" in a session with the media.  Ohlmeyer addressed
the question of whether Fox is in violation of FCC rules limiting
foreign ownership: "Nobody was aware until May of this year that
99% of the equity was owned by News Corp. ... If the rule is a
foreign entity may not own more than 25% ... then they did
something -- and I hate to use the word -- illegal."  On the
FCC's efforts to encourage competition and the growth of a
network by exempting Fox from certain regulations:  "You can't
have just one of four people in a business play by one set of
rules and the three other guys play by a total different set of
rules just because you have arbitrarily said they're not a
network" (Eric Mink, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/12).
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