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Published November 30, 1995
Ted Turner, responding to news Rupert Murdoch wants to launch an all-news network to compete with CNN: "We're going to squash Rupert like a bug" (DAILY VARIETY, 11/30). ....NewSport announced a series of distribution gains, totalling over 1,500,000 new homes, that will push the number of households able to watch the channel to near 9,000,000 (NewSport)....ACTV and Prime Sports West plan to individualize and air 130 Prime Sports events for '95-96. ACTV said their regional network has reached its target of 1,000 subscribers on schedule. Their telecasts allowed viewers to call up stats, activate instant replays and other features (GOULD MEDIA)....The Baltimore SUN's Milton Kent calls the contracting of Spike Lee for an HBO "Real Sports" profile on John Thompson a "curious move," since both are "visible" Nike backers. Kent notes HBO "cast a rather skeptical eye on [Nike] in its last show" (Baltimore SUN, 11/30)....Following up on SI's story on Ben Wright, USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes CBS should have taken stronger steps after the initial story in May and that the issue could have "been concluded by July" (USA TODAY, 11/30). Michael Hiestand recalls CBS' action in regards to Augusta National's complaints about Gary McCord and writes, "Maybe CBS will just wait to see what golf officials want them to do [with Wright]" (USA TODAY, 11/29).