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Published January 19, 1996
Fox's aggressive foray into sports TV is profiled in a lengthy feature by Sam Donnellon in today's PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. Fox Sports President David Hill, asked if Fox would ever try to alter a sports league's structure: "I've always felt that television should commentate on the game and show it in its best possible way and work in a partnership with the league. But I believe our business is broadcasting and the league's business is running the sports" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/19)....Sean McDonough will not return as the Red Sox's TV announcer next season because the team's new broadcast outlet has asked him to take a 60% salary cut. McDonough earned around $300,000 for his work on WSBK games last year. McDonough also works for CBS Sports in a contract that pays him $600,000 (Jack Craig, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/18)....Former A's broadcaster Lon Simmons will announce 25 to 30 games on KTVU next season for the Giants. The A's didn't renew the 72-year-old Simmons' contract at the end of last season (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/19)....Veteran CBS producer Frank Chirkinian's golf schedule has been "pared down to eight tournaments this year," while his '97 schedule is "undetermined." CBS Sports President David Kenin said Chirkinian fought it, "but we needed to do a planned sharing of his responsibilities" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 1/19)....NBC Sports has signed golf analyst Johnny Miller to a five-year extension (USA TODAY, 1/19)....CNBC President Roger Ailes resigned yesterday from the NBC-owned network. He will be succeeded by William Bolster, President and GM of NBC-owned WNBC-TV (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/19)....The Tribune Co. completed its $95M purchase of Houston station KHTV from Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment. KHTV is an affiliate of Time Warner's WB Network, of which Tribune holds a minority stake (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/19)....For the first time, Super Bowl play-by-play will be broadcast in the Navajo language. KTTN-AM in Arizona is expected to broadcast the game to 250,000 or more people (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 1/19)....TNT will premiere "The Super Bowl at 30: Big Game America," an hour-long special from NFL Films and the Turner Network, on Monday at 8pm ET (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/18).