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Published July 19, 1995
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has assumed full ownership of Hong Kong-based satellite broadcaster, Star TV, after paying $346.6M for the 36.4% it didn't already own (FINANCIAL TIMES, 7/19)....GE's NBC unit is doubling its ownership stake in Court TV to 33.3% by buying out partner Cablevision (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/19)....Toronto FM rock station Q 107 has acquired the rights to the Maple Leafs for the next four years. Molson said the decision to go with Q 107 over longtime carrier The FAN was based on three reasons: money, a younger audience, and the Leaf's "secondary status" at The FAN. Q 107 is owned by Western Int'l Communications, whose principal owner is the Griffiths family, owners of the Canucks, Grizzlies and GM Place (William Houston, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 7/19)....The Flyers have reassigned longtime TV announcer Gene Hart to a community relations position. Hart says he is the last of the '67 expansion announcers (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 7/19).... Sports Media Inc. announced that it has been selected to publish both the Panthers and the Saints yearbooks for the upcoming NFL season, bringing the company's total to 24 NFL teams (Sports Media)....While ESPN put up $35M for its 20% stake in Labatt's communications assets, the U.S. cable network also paid about $30M for "convertible debentures" that could raise its equity stake to 33% when Canadian officials loosen foreign broadcast ownership rules, as expected (FINANCIAL POST, 7/19)....Verne Lundquist takes over as TNT's top NFL play-by-play man this year. Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller said Lundquist will also serve as "lead talent" during the Goodwill Games (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/19)....Microsoft plans to include Internet access in its new Microsoft Network when Windows 95 rolls out next month. The N.Y. TIMES sees that announcement as pushing Microsoft a "step closer to a showdown with the Justice Department" (Peter Lewis, N.Y. TIMES, 7/19). Ad space on the MSN will cost $7,500/month for a 12-month arrangement (REUTERS/DAILY VARIETY, 7/19)....A special issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED hits newsstands Thursday previewing the upcoming NFL season. The issue will have 12 different covers for 12 different regions of the country. The issue is the first of its kind for the SI, and will be followed in upcoming months by special issues for college football, the NBA, and college basketball (AD AGE ONLINE, 7/19).