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TURNER BOARD EXPECTED TO VOTE ON CNN/SI SPORTS CHANNEL

     Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is expected to create a 24-
hour sports news cable channel by the end of the year, according
to Bill Carter in this morning's N.Y. TIMES.  A Turner executive
said the channel would "combine elements" of both CNN and Sports
Illustrated.  Turner's board is scheduled to vote on the channel
today.  The channel, likely to be called CNN/SI, would "not cover
any sports events but would be devoted to sports news and
information."  It would "rely on the sports staff already in
place at CNN for the core of its production staff, along with
journalists brought in from the magazine."  The station would
reportedly be based out of Atlanta, and the Turner executive
declined to predict how many homes it would reach should it start
by the end of the year (N.Y. TIMES, 2/16).
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