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PROGRAMMING NOTES: "PASSION TO PLAY" ON ABC; C- SPAN FORUM
Published April 14, 1995
ABC will debut its four-part woman's sports series -- "A Passion to Play" -- on Sunday at 3:00pm EDT. Nike, State Farm and Tampax are all helping underwrite the series. Sunday's episode features Eastern European champions Nadia Comaneci and Katarina Witt "evolving from state-supported athletes, used as ads for socialism, into world-class capitalists" (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 4/14). The second episode looks at African- American women in sports, the third examines women's involvement in extreme sports such as rock climbing and kayaking, and the last episode will look at motherhood and sports (Terry Blount, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/14). ESPN/ABC's Robin Roberts, who hosts the show, was interviewed with Nadia Comaneci on "Good Morning America." Roberts: "It takes putting something on consecutively every weekend on ABC to see these women in this role." Noting UConn's win, Roberts added: "It's a perfect time to glorify women in sports" (ABC, 4/14). HEY, MEDIA JUNKIES: C-SPAN will air a panel discussion on the future of TV tomorrow at 11am EDT, featuring top industry execs. The April 4 program was taped in New York. Panelists include: Cap Cities/ABC COO Robert Iger, Viacom CEO Frank Biondi, HBO CEO Michael Fuchs, Comcast President Brian Roberts, NBC CEO Robert Wright, New Media Co. CEO Howard Stringer and New World Entertainment Chair Brandon Tartikoff (John Carmody, WASHINGTON POST, 4/14).