Published August 25, 1995
Turner Broadcasting had no comment on an ATLANTA CONSTITUTION report yesterday that Microsoft was close to investing $1B in the company (DAILY VARIETY, 8/25). But Microsoft Chair Bill Gates said there is a "good chance" there won't be any agreement (N.Y. POST, 8/25). REUTERS is reporting that French media company Havas SA may join TBS in a bid for CBS (WASHINGTON TIMES, 8/25)....Former Fox and QVC exec Barry Diller is said to be preparing a bid for Silver King Communications -- owner of 12 UHF stations, many of which run home shopping programming -- with plans to use them as a "backbone" of a new network (N.Y. TIMES, 8/25). ...The New York Times Co. Magazine Group will launch "@PLAY" on The Microsoft Network with coverage from their magazines, including GOLF DIGEST, TENNIS, GOLF SHOP OPERATIONS, GOLF WORLD, SNOW COUNTRY, SAILING BUSINESS, and TENNIS BUYER'S GUIDE. "@PLAY" kicks off during the U.S. Open (NYT Magazine Group)....Sports Illustrated is going back to press on its August 21 edition which featured a black-and-white cover shot of Mickey Mantle (SI)....Churchill Downs Inc., ODS Technologies and TKR Cable in Louisville debuted an interactive wagering system that allows consumers to watch races at home and wager through their cable box (Churchill Downs)....Howie Rose, the announcer for the Rangers on WFAN and MSG Network, will move to call Islander games on SportsChannel next year. Kenny Albert, who calls the Caps on HTS and is the son of Rangers announcer Marv Albert, has been mentioned as a replacement on MSG (NEWSDAY, 8/25).... With the Packers ending their relationship with County Stadium, Milwaukee is no longer considered a "home market" for the team, meaning that Packer appearances on ESPN and TNT will be offered on free TV only in Green Bay (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/25)....ABC's Keith Jackson said the network will be more restrained in showing end-zone antics by college players this year (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/25).