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  • GOLF CHANNEL SIGNS WITH ANOTHER DBS SERVICE

         The Golf Channel has signed an agreement with Primestar
    Partners, the national direct-broadcast satellite service,
    through which PrimeStar will distribute the network beginning
    today.  Golf Channel CEO Joseph Gibbs: "The direct-to-home market
    is extremely critical to The Golf Channel's distribution.  We
    value PrimeStar's commitment to our service" (The Golf Channel).
    The Golf Channel has been available on DirecTV and C-Band since
    its January debut.
    

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  • HOLA SHAQ -- ME GUSTA ESTE PARTIDA!

         The NBA and TNT Latin America have signed an agreement to
    bring NBA game telecasts to the Latin America/Carribean region,
    and into the homes of the 3.1M subscribers to TNT Latin America.
    The two-year agreement will feature NBA games shown live each
    Thursday and give TNT Latin America rights to three playoff
    games.  NBA VP/Managing Director Rob Levine said the league "is
    pleased to bring more games to our fans in Latin America" (NBA).
    

    Print | Tags: NBA, Media, TBS/TNT
  • MEDIA NOTES

         ABC paid $1.2M, beating out CBS, for the World Track and
    Field Championships August 5-13 in Gothenburg, Sweden.  ABC will
    televise 8 1/2 hours of events and ESPN will air 6 1/2 hours
    (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 3/1)...."In a bid to improve what they
    concede is a poor image," cable companies will begin
    participating today in a program in which they will agree to pay
    customers $20 if their people do not show up within the scheduled
    time frame for a service call (WASHINGTON POST, 3/1)....This
    morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL profiles the CD-ROM publishing
    industry under the subhead: "Despite CD-ROMs' Boom, Few Titles
    are Big Hits" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/1).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, CBS, ESPN, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • RUPERT MURDOCH'S DELPHI ON-LINE SERVICE BEGINS ITS OVERHAUL

         Delphi Internet Services, an on-line services company owned
    by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., named a management team to "beef
    up its offerings, which have lagged behind other major on-line
    providers."  Mark Benerofe, formerly Dir of Interactive Media at
    Microsoft, was named Exec VP and GM; Bharath Kadaba, formerly Dir
    of Internetworking and multimedia service's for IBM's Advantis
    commercial computer service network, was named Exec VP/Worldwide
    Operations; and Susan Goodman, founder of the Goodman Group, was
    named Exec VP/Worldwide Marketing.  Movies and other materials
    from News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting will be used to develop
    multimedia offerings on Delphi (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/1).
         OTHER ON-LINE NEWS:  Bertelsmann AG, a closely held German
    entertainment company, is joining forces with American Online to
    create an on-line computer service in Europe (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 3/1).
    

    Print | Tags: IBM, Microsoft, News Corp./Fox, Media, Time Warner
  • SFX BROADCASTING BUYS FT. WORTH SPORTS RADIO STATION

         SFX Broadcasting, the parent company of Dallas/Ft. Worth
    station KRLD-AM, announced an agreement to buy all-sports radio
    station, KTCK-AM, known as "The Ticket."  KRLD, whose offices are
    located at The Ballpark at Arlington, and The Ticket will keep
    their separate offices, frequencies and format.  KRLD has a news
    and information format but does own the Rangers' radio rights.
    KRLD GM Jerry Bobo noted that buying The Ticket "offers another
    opportunity" to expand local sports programming:   "Anytime you
    have a facility like The Ticket in a sports town such as Dallas,
    the options always are available to pick up another sports
    franchise" (Eric Zarate, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/1).  This
    morning's DAILY VARIETY reports that the SFX agreed to purchase
    The Ticket from Cardinal Communications for $8M in cash plus
    other considerations.  SFX also announced that Spence Kendrick,
    President and majority shareholder of Cardinal Communications,
    was named president of its newly created SFX Sports unit.
    Completion of the deal is subject to approval of the FCC (DAILY
    VARIETY, 3/1).
    

    Print | Tags: Clear Channel/SFX Sports, Media
  • WITH TED'S EYE REPORTEDLY FOCUSED ON CBS, STOCK GOES UP

         CBS Inc. stock "jumped" Tuesday in the wake of the WALL
    STREET JOURNAL report that it has held conversations about
    selling to Turner Broadcasting System Inc.  CBS stock closed up
    $2.50 to $64.50/share (DAILY VARIETY, 3/1).
         WHY CBS IS DECLINING? CNN's "Showbiz Today" looked at the
    "dismal programming" at CBS and reports that the "Tiffany network
    is on a decline because it has refused to expand into new media
    businesses."  Ken Auletta, a media columnist, said that CBS Chair
    Laurence Tisch's strategy was "to get out of all the businesses
    that CBS was in.  So he sold the record company, sold the
    magazine company, sold the book publishing company, sold the
    regional sports cable network, and focused all his energy on the
    broadcast business at a time when the broadcast business was
    entering a period of decline."  Auletta said that NBC, Fox,
    Turner, and ABC did "just the opposite," and have broadened out
    into other businesses so if there is a downturn in broadcasting,
    they will "have some cushion in some of these other businesses"
    ("Showbiz Today," CNN, 2/28).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, CBS, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Media, Time Warner, Viacom, Walt Disney
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