Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC NBC Lands New Advertisers For Race Coverage Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Sources: Angels' Dipoto Out As GM Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes Phillies' MacPhail To Observe For First Few Months
Published July 20, 1995
GE reports that its NBC unit had "its largest revenue growth spurt" in the second quarter since GE acquired NBC in '86. GE doesn't release specific figures for its businesses, but the company did say that NBC experienced "double-digit earnings growth" over the second quarter in '94 (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/20)....CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS examines WFAN's ability to grow despite the sports world's labor problems. WFAN's ads revenues are ahead of last year, and industry analysts are projecting an 8% jump over last year with final totals to hit $40M for '95. While WFAN GM Joel Hollander says the station would have been stronger without the strikes, morning talker Don Imus is credited as the "main force" behind The FAN's success (Frederick Gabriel, CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS, 7/17 issue)....This month's ESQUIRE profiles Howard Stringer and his Tele-TV interactive TV venture with the Baby Bells (ESQUIRE, 8/95). ....The leaders of the three largest on-line services took their message to Washington that Microsoft should be restricted in having its upcoming service, The Microsoft Network, on all versions of Windows 95 (Mult., 7/20). Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that MSN will have an Internet site at http://www.msn.com (USA TODAY, 7/20)....MLB reports that 25% of Japanese TV households tuned into the live morning broadcast of the All-Star Game, "making it one of the most watched North American team sporting events ever in Japan (MLB)....Q 107, the Toronto FM station which recently gained the four-year rights to the Maple Leafs for C$1.1M a season, plans a "cool rock 'n roll style" for the games. According to station rep Danny Kingsbury, Q 107 will employ stereo sound from microphones closer to the ice (TORONTO SUN, 7/20)....Pay TV operator FilmNet will "remodel" its second Dutch Channel into an all-sports format, called SuperSport (VARIETY, 7/17-23)....GOLF DIGEST and GolfWeb, called "the most popular golf spot on the Internet," will join forces to create a golf info service on the Web. GOLF DIGEST will provide additional content to GolfWeb, including articles, news from GOLF WORLD, ranking of courses, etc. The new info is located at Goldweb's site: http://www.golfweb.com (Golf Digest)....One of the seven main area's on Molson's "I Am Online" site is called "Hockey Net in Canada," with stats and a hockey pool. Address: http://www.molson.com/Canadian (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 7/20).