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MEDIA NOTES

     In Boston, Jack Craig examines the "nasty in-house dispute"
among NESN's partners -- the Red Sox and Bruins vs. WSBK -- over
the future of the regional sports network.  Craig writes, "The
issue is money, and indirectly, how quickly and how far NESN will
move from a pay to a basic channel."  One observer believes the
legal action taken by the teams may lead to talks on a buyout of
WSBK's 20% share (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/2)....In New York, Bob Raissman
reports WPIX does not want to part with the Yankees, headed for
MSG's new WBIS+.  Also, the Nets will soon sign a new radio deal
with WOR-AM (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/2)....The N.Y. TIMES' Bill Carter
examines the networks' battles to gain cable access for their new
all-news channels.  NBC is threatening to pull network
programming -- including the Olympics -- from any operator that
refuses to carry MSNBC in place of America's Talking (N.Y. TIMES,
6/3).
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