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  • MEDIA NOTES

         By the end of '96, Bell Atlantic hopes to compete with local
    cable operators in the DC area by offering more than 100 channels
    of video via wireless cable.  Bell Atlantic officials say the
    move to wireless is an "interim" strategy (WASHINGTON POST,
    5/17)....John McEnroe may sign on with CBS to do commentary for
    the U.S. Open.  Jim Baker of the BOSTON HERALD notes that his NBC
    contract would allow such a move.  It is not known whether or not
    he will team up with Mary Carillo (BOSTON HERALD,
    5/16)....Nielsen Media Research, Yankelovich Partners and ASI
    Market Research have formed "ANYwhere Online" -- a partnership to
    develop research services to measure online media (AD AGE ONLINE,
    5/17).... ESPN will televise an "Outside the Lines" special on
    religion and sports on May 19 (ESPN)....PRIME will carry the
    Football Association Cup from Wembley Stadium in London on May
    20.  It is the first over-the-air live showing of the F.A. Cup in
    the U.S. in over a decade (Prime).
    

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  • MOON-LIGHTING: VIKINGS' QB TO PLAY ON BOTH SIDES OF MIKE

         Vikings QB Warren Moon will pull double-duty this coming NFL
    season, working both on the field and as a member of the media.
    Moon, who also has worked this season on several TNT and TBS NBA
    broadcasts, will appear on TNT's NFL coverage in '95.  The SPORTS
    BUSINESS DAILY spoke with Steve Rosner at Integrated Sports
    International -- Moon's marketing representatives -- about the
    QB's moonlighting.  Rosner said Moon's involvement with TNT will
    include taped features and live spots during the network's
    coverage of the NFL, with other coverage based on Moon's
    availability.  Rosner notes that Moon and other players have
    worked on local TV in their markets, "but to do something on a
    national level, but more importantly and more interestingly, with
    another sport -- I don't think that's been done before."  Rosner
    reports that there have been "a lot of inquiries" about Moon's
    availability when he retires, and says, "There is no question
    that when Warren Moon retires from football, the broadcast
    industry is one he's going to take a shot at."  As for the
    future, Rosner says that while Moon does not have a long term
    deal with TNT, the cable network "will be right in the mix for
    his services" when Moon moves on to his next full-time career
    (THE DAILY).
    

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  • MORE MULTIMEDIA MERGER-MAKING: MICROSOFT & NBC JOIN FORCES

         "Playing hardball as it prepares to enter the on-line
    computer services business, Microsoft Corp. has wooed NBC away
    from rivals America Online and Prodigy with a lucrative deal
    under which the software giant will pick up the broadcaster's
    expenses for developing computerized versions of its programs for
    the Microsoft Network," according to Julie Pitta in today's L.A.
    TIMES.  NBC Multimedia Senior VP Marty Yudkovitz:  "We're
    spending Microsoft's money to create content that we will own"
    (L.A. TIMES, 5/17).  NBC will use all of its segments for the
    area, including NBC Sports and CNBC (N.Y. POST, 5/17).  Microsoft
    Chair Bill Gates cited coverage of the '96 Olympics in outlining
    the content possibilities (N.Y. TIMES, 5/17).  While NBC will
    pull its content from AOL and Prodigy, the deal will allow
    Microsoft to sign on other networks.  According to Pascal Zachary
    of the WALL STREET JOURNAL, Gates "made it plain that he hopes to
    rely on the entertainment and news expertise of NBC and others to
    build the biggest on-line network in the world" (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 517).
         REACTION:  In Washington, Kara Swisher calls it "yet another
    sign that TV and computing are becoming more alike" (WASHINGTON
    POST, 5/17).  In New York, Mark Landler writes that the details
    were so "fuzzy" that some analysts saw it as "the digital-age
    equivalent of agreeing to be friends."  But the news did have a
    "measurable impact" on America Online and Prodigy.  AOL stock
    fell $3.125 to $38.625 on Nasdaq, while stock of Prodigy's
    parents, IBM and Sears, also suffered slight losses (N.Y. TIMES,
    5/17).  In San Francisco, Michelle Quinn writes, "On the surface,
    the deal appears to favor Microsoft, at least as a public
    relations coup."  Some analysts also speculate that the spread of
    Microsoft Network content deals "could mean it's game over for
    America Online and the other online services such as Prodigy"
    (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 5/17).  Several reports note the deal
    is also a bad sign for GE's own struggling commercial online
    service -- Genie (Mult., 5/17).
         MERGER IN THE MAKING?  AT&T's intentions with Time Warner
    are examined in USA TODAY and the L.A. TIMES.  USA TODAY's Kevin
    Maney reports that it is "unlikely" AT&T will buy a stake in Time
    Warner, with a joint venture more likely (USA TODAY, 5/17).  In
    L.A., Sallie Hofmeister reports that industry execs said allying
    with AT&T "would give Time Warner the best brand name in the
    phone business, a clear advantage in its effort to sell phone
    service to cable subscribers" (L.A. TIMES, 5/17).  Time Warner's
    annual shareholders meeting starts tomorrow (Mult., 5/17).  In
    other news, AT&T filed with the SEC to sell 25% of its stake in
    video game maker, 3DO.  AT&T plans to sell the rest of its
    investment -- 1 million shares or 2.5% of the company --during
    the next year (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 5/17).
    

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  • WAS WRIGHT WRONGED? "HE SAID, SHE SAID" DEBATE CONTINUES

         Commentary continues on the alleged comments of CBS golf
    analyst Ben Wright that lesbianism has hurt the image of the
    LPGA, with several female columnists entering the fray.  In San
    Francisco, Joan Ryan writes, "For all the uproar about his
    remarks, they weren't as disturbing as the response to them. ...
    In the real world, the perception of rampant lesbianism in the
    golf tour has absolutely affected its popularity with corporate
    America" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 5/17).  In Miami, Linda
    Robertson writes, "Unfortunately, the devaluation of women makes
    headlines instead of the accomplishments of women" (MIAMI HERALD,
    5/16).  In Boston, Jack Craig writes, "The subject will not go
    away quickly.  The ingredients are the stuff of tabloids.
    Someone's lying, there is gay-bashing and sex, and goliath CBS is
    plunk in the middle" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/16).  In New York, Steve
    Zipay notes that the controversy did little to boost CBS's
    ratings for the LPGA McDonald's Championship.  The event drew a
    1.7 both Saturday and Sunday -- down 6% and 17% respectively from
    '94.  Zipay writes, "No Tonya vs. Nancy curiosity here" (NEWSDAY,
    5/16).  Bob Costas was asked about the controversy on Tom
    Snyder's "Late, Late Show" last night.  Costas:  "One bit of
    circumstantial evidence that weighs in Wright's favor is this.
    He is 62 or 63 years old.  He has had a very long career in
    broadcasting and he has never appeared to be this sort of
    reckless person who would make crass comments like this" (CBS,
    5/17).
         WHO SAID WHAT, WHEN?  Wilmington NEWS JOURNAL Exec Editor
    John Walston told USA TODAY that reporter Valerie Helmbreck "has
    very clear notes" from her conversation with Wright.  Walston:
    "These are not chicken-scratch notes.  They conducted the
    interview in a back office.  There was no one leaning over his or
    her shoulder. ... He was the first to raise the lesbian issue."
    Rudy Martzke asks, "If there were no others present during the
    Helmbreck-Wright interview, as told by Helmbreck to Walston, then
    who are the staffers CBS said confirmed Wright's denial."  CBS
    Sports spokesperson Robin Brendle said "nothing has changed" to
    alter the statements made Friday by Wright or CBS Sports
    President David Kenin (USA TODAY, 5/17).  Jack Craig notes that
    ABC's "Good Morning America" tried to arrange a Wright-Helmbreck
    meeting for yesterday's show (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/17).
    

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