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         With the IOC decision on Canadian TV rights to the Nagano
    '98 Games due on Thursday, the fee is expected to be higher than
    the C$16M CTV paid for the Lillehammer Games -- "but by how much
    is speculation."  Based on the price rise for CBS, Canadian
    rights should be at C$20M.  But CTV VP of Sports Doug Beeforth
    "says that is far too high."  Beeforth:  "The Canadian market
    can't sustain that and that's the only ballpark we play in."  CBC
    officials withheld comment until the IOC's decision, but CTV VP
    of Development Gary Mavaara argued, "We're not suggesting the CBC
    should be out of the Olympics or sports, but they shouldn't use
    the taxpayer cushion to escalate the bid."  CTV paid C$4.5M for
    the rights to Calgary '88, while the CBC paid $11.7M for
    Albertville (James Christie, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/30).  In
    Calgary, TV columnist Bob Blakey writes that it is time for the
    CBC to get out of sports broadcasting.  Blakey: "Isn't it the job
    of a 'public broadcaster' to give us programs that can't or won't
    be produced by private networks and stations?" (CALGARY HERALD,

    Print | Tags: CBC, CBS, IOC, Media, Viacom

         In Denver, Dusty Saunders reports that KKFN-AM (The Fan) has
    the "inside track" to broadcast rights to the soon-to-be-renamed
    Nordiques when they move to Denver next year.  Jefferson Pilot-
    owned KKFN, which carries the Nuggets, also owned by COMSAT, has
    the rights to first refusal on the hockey team.  On the TV side,
    Prime Sports "already is displaying interest" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN
    NEWS, 5/29).
         HOCKEY'S ON-AIR PARTNERS:  The NHL moved up the start of the
    Western Conference Final two days to Thursday, with the Eastern
    Final starting on Saturday.  NHL VP of Public Relations Arthur
    Pincus said the decision was made because CBC preferred to carry
    the Eastern Final on Saturday night because of the ratings draw
    of the Flyers' Eric Lindros.  Pincus, on Fox, ESPN and CBC:  "We
    have three national carriers with equal weight.  We try to make
    the schedule so the maximum number of people can see the maximum
    number of games" (Davis Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/30).

    Print | Tags: CBC, Comcast-Spectacor, Denver Nuggets, ESPN, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Media, Walt Disney

         A NY State Supreme Court ruling that Prodigy "is a publisher
    and may be sued for libel could have a far-reaching impact on how
    much other online services try to regulate all kinds of content"
    (Michelle Slatalla, N.Y. NEWSDAY, 5/27)....SportsChannel New
    England VP & GM Marc Edwards denied rumors that the RSN will
    close its Woburn, MA, office and move its operations out of the
    region.  Edwards:  "If anything, we're looking to expand our
    local programming" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/26)....Rupert Murdoch's News
    Corp. is considering buying its own TV satellite to launch
    digital TV service over Europe (FINANCIAL TIMES, 5/28).... NBC is
    studying the possibility of beaming broadcasts into Japan via
    satellite (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/28).

    Print | Tags: NBC, Media

         Less than ten months after recombining TCI with his Liberty
    Media programming company, TCI Chair John Malone is looking to
    split the two entities again, according to Allan Sloan in the
    current NEWSWEEK.  Liberty's holdings include Prime and Prime's
    regional sports channels, as well as TCI's 24% share in Turner
    Broadcasting.  The split would not be in the form of two
    companies, but "two separate targeted stocks" -- one called TCI
    and one Liberty.  The idea, according to Sloan:  "The cable and
    programming stocks will fetch a higher total price than TCI,
    which trades at its 1989 price level. ... Having become a major
    TCI shareholder with his Liberty machinations, [Malone is] trying
    to goose TCI's share price by carving up the company's stock
    without carving up the company.  If that works, TCI will be
    better able to fight the phone companies" (NEWSWEEK, 6/5 issue).

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, New York Liberty, Media
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