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         CBS made it official yesterday, appointing Peter Lund to
    succeed Howard Stringer as President of the CBS Broadcast Group.
    Stringer announced yesterday that he is joining a new multimedia
    entertainment ventured formed by Pacific Telesis, Bell Atlantic
    and Nynex (Tim Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/24).  Salomon Brothers
    media bond analyst Oren Cohen:  "It's clear [CBS is] in trouble,
    but I'm not sure [Stringer's] resignation is really a signal that
    there's more trouble ahead" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/24).
         TURNER:  TBS Chair Ted Turner was sighted yesterday at NBC's
    headquarters where he met with NBC President Robert Wright, but
    according to John Durie of the N.Y. POST, "Turner's chances of
    winning control" of the network look "slimmer than ever."  Durie
    notes the talks between Turner and TCI about buying Time Warner's
    18% stake in TBS for about $1.2B (N.Y. POST, 2/24).  "If
    successful, Turner would remove a powerful player who often has
    blocked his expansion plans" ( Charles Haddad, ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 2/24).

    Print | Tags: CBS, NBC, Media, Turner Sports, Viacom, Washington Nationals

         Discounting NBC's first NBA telecast on Christmas Night,
    ratings for NBA games are up 3% over last year's numbers.
    Including the Christmas Night game, ratings are down 13% overall
    (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/24)....The Univ. of Maryland
    announced a 4-year deal with Learfield Communications for radio
    rights to its football and basketball broadcasts, worth $900,000
    over the length of the deal (Baltimore SUN, 2/24)....WB network
    programming on Chicago's WGN was delayed by a day once in January
    because of a prior commitment to the Bulls.  The delay came
    despite WB management's emphasis on keeping a regular schedule to
    establish viewing habits (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 2/20).... TNT's
    Craig Sager is doing a "Day in the Life" segment on Grizzlies' VP
    of Basketball Ops/GM Stu Jackson.  The segment will air on an
    upcoming TNT broadcast (Grizzlies).

    Print | Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBC, Media, Turner Sports
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