SBD/25/Sports Media

MEDIA NOTES

     The return of "Hockey Night in Canada" to the CBC brought
big ratings -- including 1.646M viewers on Friday.  Three of the
four games shown last weekend topped last year's average audience
(TORONTO SUN, 1/25)....DAILY VARIETY reported yesterday that
Viacom might pull "Melrose Place" off Fox Broadcasting and switch
it to Viacom's United Paramount Network.  Insiders yesterday at
Viacom "played down the report" (N.Y. POST, 1/25)....New World
Communications shares rose $.75 cents over news that investor
George Soros had acquired a 5.43% stake in the "fast growing
media-company" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/25).
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