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Published December 21, 1995
Fox claims Nielsen ratings for "several key shows" at its WLUK affiliate in Green Bay are "out of line, and they may contest the November sweeps ratings book" (REUTER/DAILY VARIETY, 12/21)....Speaking yesterday in Australia, News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch said weakness in major U.S. markets will contribute to a drop in News Corp.'s half-year profits. Murdoch said the performance of Fox U.S. markets was "very mixed, with southern California soft but other small markets across the country performing well." Murdoch: "Southern California is very bad. ... New York is not so hot but the East Coast is otherwise good -- the Southeast Coast is wonderful" (DAILY VARIETY, 12/21)....Highlights from the "Rudy Awards." TOP TV STORIES: NBC's Olympic deals, the death of Howard Cosell, MLB's new TV deal, ABC/NBC out of The Baseball Network, and CBS, ABC buying rights to Bowl Alliance. AGENT OF THE YEAR: IMG's Barry Frank for negotiating MLB's $1.6B deal. BEST AGENT MOVE: Bob Rosen for getting a new four-year deal for embattled CBS commentator Ben Wright. UNSUNG TV EXECS: CBS' Len DeLuca, NBC's Jon Miller, ABC's David Downs, Fox's Ed Goren, Turner's Mike Pearl and ESPN's John Walsh. Also mentioned is CBS's "mishandling" of the Ben Wright controversy (USA TODAY, 12/21)....The Magic's Penny Hardaway will chat with fans tonight on "One-on-One" on the NBA's Web site. Address: http://www.nba.com (Magic)....Five networks will combine to televise all 34 NASCAR Winston Cup-related events, including seven events on network television (NASCAR)....SportsLine USA joined with the FedEx Orange Bowl to create the Official FedEd Orange Bowl Web Site and become the "Official Online Service of the FedEx Orange Bowl." The address is http://www.sportsline.come/orangebowl/index.html (SportsLine USA).....Congressional conferees agreed yesterday to telecommunication reform laws. The draft bill would keep the ban on ownership of a TV station and newspaper in a single market and on owning two TV stations in a single market (REUTER/DAILY VARIETY, 12/21)....The Mets have announced Gary Cohen will remain their radio broadcaster, as he signed a two-year deal (SportsTicker).