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         Nine of the ten largest metropolitan dailies lost weekday
    circulation during the more recent reporting period, according to
    data released yesterday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
    Publishers "blamed several factors, including higher newsstand
    prices and the baseball and hockey labor disputes."  Of the ten
    largest dailies, only the Boston Globe did not lose weekday
    readers, instead showing a small average daily increase.  The top
    losers:  Newsday (-7.03%), San Francisco Chronicle (-5.18%), N.Y.
    Daily News (-5.0%), Chicago Sun Times (-4.34%), L.A. Times (-
    4.18%), Detroit Free Press (-3.39%), Philadelphia Inquirer (-
    3.15%), Newark Star-Ledger (-2.83%), Miami Herald (-2.29%),
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune (-1.86%), Washington Post (-1.41%), N.Y.
    Times (-1.38%), Chicago Tribune (-.87%), Detroit News (-.55%),
    and Houston Chronicle (-.55%) (William Glaberson, N.Y. TIMES,
    5/2).  The largest increases in circulation wer shown by the N.Y.
    Post, Denver Post, Arizona Republic and San Diego Union Tribune
    (N.Y. POST, 5/2).

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         ESPN2 has hit the 20 million home mark 18 months after its
    launch.  According to A.C. Nielsen, ESPN2 expanded its
    distribution more than any other cable network in '94, and now
    reaches 21.1 million homes.  ESPN2 recently announced a new
    commitment to motorsports coverage, including a Sunday-evening
    motorsports recap show that will begin in the fall and expand to
    daily coverage next February (ESPN2).

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Media, Walt Disney

         Liberty Sports Inc., the sports programming division of TCI,
    will begin production on four new series this month and
    ultimately roll out 56 hours of original programming per week
    during the next two years.  The programming will be offered
    through its regional networks, homevideo and int'l and domestic
    broadcast syndication (DAILY VARIETY, 5/2).  "The Body Squad" and
    "Fit & Famous" head the Liberty lineup, with 30- and 60-minute
    shows "designed to reach the female audience by focusing on
    exercise and lifestyle issues."  The other two new shows are
    children's shows, "Total Rush" and "Fast Track" (GOULD MEDIA

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, New York Liberty, Media

         NBC's five weekend NBA playoff telecasts gained an overnight
    rating of 7.8, up from 6.7 a year ago.  The late Sunday
    Hornets/Bulls game drew an 11.4, up 52% from last year (N.Y.
    TIMES, 5/2)....Among the nation's 33 top TV markets, 18 drew
    higher ratings for the Celtics' Game 2 win over the Magic than
    Boston's NBC affiliate.  One NBC exec to the BOSTON GLOBE's Jack
    Craig:  "What's going on up there?"  (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/2)....Penn
    State will reportedly change radio networks next year to WGMP-AM,
    which also carries the school's basketball telecasts
    (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/2). ....MCA, under new owner Edgar
    Bronfman, is reportedly pursuing HBO CEO Michael Fuchs.  The N.Y.
    POST also floats a Bronfman-Michael Ovitz-Barry Diller bid for
    CBS (N.Y. POST, 5/2)....A meeting between NBC Sports President
    Dick Ebersol and ABC Sports President Dennis Swanson led to the
    decision that ABC will carry the MLB All-Star Game on July 11.
    The Al-Star Game "won't be linked to postseason coverage."
    ....ACOG President Billy Payne on NBC's Olympic deal:  "I was
    disappointed we only got $456 million (from NBC) for the U.S. TV
    rights. I thought they were worth more and I believe the ad sales
    are beginning to show that. ... Having said that, NBC's been a
    great partner" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 5/2).

    Print | Tags: ABC, Boston Celtics, CBS, Chicago Bulls, HBO, MLB, NBA, NBC, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
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