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  • BROADCAST NEWS: FOX, BASEBALL BITE INTO THE BIG THREE

         Network revenue for ABC, CBS and NBC fell 3.6% in the 4thQ
    to $2.15B from $2.23B as the baseball strike, the loss of
    football and lower revenue from children's programs "deflated
    results," according to the Broadcast Cable Financial Management
    Association's quarterly report.  Network revenue rose in every
    category except sports and children's programming during the
    4thQ.  The Association only measures the Big Three's revenues.
    The report noted that the lost revenue was due to Fox's foray
    into football and children's programming (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
    3/3).
         IN WASHINGTON: President Clinton's telecommunications
    adviser Larry Irving told the Senate Commerce Committee that the
    administration favors allowing "unfettered foreign investment" in
    U.S. telephone and other telecommunications businesses, but
    "draws the line when it comes to easing rules that bar foreigners
    from owning more than 25% of broadcasting properties" (DAILY
    VARIETY, 3/3).
         BALCK HUMOR AT BLACK ROCK:  David Letterman:  "My name is
    Dave.  You are watching CBS.  By the way, would you like to buy
    this network?" ("Late Show," CBS, 3/2).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, CBS, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • LEAFS AND MOLSON CLOSE IN ON TV DEAL

         The Maple Leafs and Molstar Commun. are close to a deal for
    local TV rights rumored to be worth C$15M.  "There is virtually
    no chance of a company other than Molson grabbing the rights"
    (William Houston, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/3).
    

    Print | Tags: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Media, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • MEDIA NOTES

         Last weekend's live coverage of the Goodwrench 500 on TNN
    drew the highest average household audience any TNN program has
    ever attracted in the network's history (TNN). ....Phil Mushnick
    comments on Lawrence Taylor's foray into wrestling and notes it
    will "serve as the last straw for his gig with TNT" (N.Y. POST,
    3/3)....Michael Hiestand reports that back in '93 when ESPN2 was
    looking for on-air personalities, running back Marcus Allen gave
    a reference for a now famous personality:  Kato Kaelin (USA
    TODAY, 3/3).
    

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Media, TBS/TNT, TNN, Walt Disney
  • THE SPORTS NETWORK JOINS SI ON COMPUSERVE

         CompuServe announced the availability of Sports Illustrated
    and The Sports Network Online.  According to CompuServe, the new
    "team," with contributions from AP, "brings the most extensive
    array of sports information and materials available" to an online
    service.  Together SI and The Sports Network will provide up-to-
    the-minute sports news, scores and statistics, live conferences
    with SI editors and sports figures, online shopping and online
    sports fantasy games (CompuServe/SI/The Sports Network).
    

    Print | Tags: Sports Illustrated, Media, Time Warner
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