Published December 20, 1995
The contract of Jim Nelford, The Golf Channel's lead analyst for live men's tournament coverage, was not renewed for '96. TGC VP/Production Mike Whelan said the two sides could not come to terms on a new deal. Also, Don McGuire, a former Senior VP at Turner Broadcasting, has been retained as consultant for TGC (GOLF WEEK, 12/16 issue)....At "Spotlight on Interactive Advertising '95" in New York, Scott Kurnitt, President & CEO of the new MCI/News Corp. online venture, predicted '96 could pose a challenge to the interactive community. Kurnitt said although "there will be some new companies" emerging, there's "no question the business will have a shakeout" after a year of "enthusiasm and discovery." Kurnitt: "Some will be better than others, rising to the top and capturing people's imagination. Some will be dormant. And some will go out of business" (Stuart Elliot, N.Y. TIMES, 12/20)....ESPN will not bring back Roy Smalley Jr. as an analyst on "Baseball Tonight" telecasts (USA TODAY, 12/20)....Harbin Enterprises will present a new call-in radio show, "Roto Talk," hosted by DC sports talk show host Bruce Murray. The show will provide commentary and discussion on all fantasy sports and can be initially heard in the Washington on all-sports WTEM-AM. An announcement regarding other affiliates will be released after January 1 (Harbin Enterprises).....Despite earlier reports that Red Sox TV rights would move to WABU-TV, the VHF channel was notified by Sox TV rightsholder Kevin Dunn "that it had lost out." WLVI-TV now becomes the "heir apparent" (Jack Craig, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/19).