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MEDIA NOTES

     BUSINESS WEEK reports that Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole
told a group of regional Bell execs that he expects passage of
the telecomm reform bill when he brings it to the floor this week
(BUSINESS WEEK, 6/12 issue)....Prodigy is moving its offices from
White Plains to "the emerging, multimedia mecca of lower
Manhattan" -- called Silicon Alley or Multimedia Gulch (N.Y.
TIMES, 6/3)....Netscape Communications, makers of Web browser
software, plans an IPO for later this year (SAN FRANCISCO
CHRONICLE, 6/5)....Tampa Bay Fox affil WTVT-Ch. 13 cut away from
the end of the Red Wings-Blackhawks game Sunday with the game
still tied to go to local news and updates on Hurricane Allison.
Lightning VP/Communications Gerry Helper:  "We're certainly
sensitive to the issue of the public being kept abreast of a
major storm.  However, it's difficult for any fan who's watched a
game for three hours to miss out on the last four minutes of an
exciting playoff game" (ST. PETE TIMES, 6/5).  In Atlanta (a
possible NHL expansion city), Prentis Rogers writes that
yesterday's Red Wings-Blackhawks game "proved the NBA doesn't
have a monopoly on great playoff coverage."  Rogers credits Fox's
"lively and imaginative" coverage (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
6/5)....Fox has spoken to ESPN's Pam Oliver about being its NFL
pre-game reporter (Barry Jackson, MIAMI HERALD, 6/2)....CTV's NBA
deal kicks off this week with a simulcast of NBC's coverage of
the Finals.  NBC is working on a feature on the Raptors and
Grizzlies to air during the Finals (Rob Longley, TORONTO SUN,
6/5).
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