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NEWS & NOTES ON SPORTS' NEW P.T.P.-ER -- COMCAST
Published March 22, 1996
ABC and Comcast are in discussions about distributing the new ABC News cable network to the cableco's 4.2 million subscribers. VARIETY notes, as part of the deal, Comcast may begin carrying ABC soap operas in the evenings after they have aired on its Q2 network -- sister network to QVC (VARIETY, 3/18- 24 issue)....In Philadelphia, Mike Bruton speculates that Comcast may be in discussions about buying SportsChannel Philadelphia and PRISM (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/22)....Sallie Hofmeister writes that Comcast's acquisition of the Flyers and Sixers may enable it to separate itself from companies such as Bell Atlantic, which has plans on entering the cable market in Philadelphia. Hofmeister notes that Comcast officials know that "Movies and sports drive cable subscriptions" (L.A. TIMES, 3/22)