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              The Corel WTA Tour has added Fox Sports Net to its
         international TV package.  The package will be marketed by
         TWI, the Tour's TV agent.  Fox Sports Net will offer five
         non-domestic Tier I and II events for the rest of '97 (Corel
         WTA Tour)....In N.Y., John Crudele noted ITT "is already
         entertaining offers" for its WBIS+ and "there appear to be
         several companies taking a serious look" and "willing to pay
         ITT's price" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/31).

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              "In a case affecting what television programming
         Americans receive," the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that
         cable systems can be forced to carry local broadcast TV
         stations, according to Joan Biskupic in the WASHINGTON POST. 
         The decision upholds a federal law passed in '92 requiring
         cable TV operators to carry the signals of local commercial
         and public broadcast TV stations.  The law was intended to
         "protect free over-the-air television broadcasting and
         especially smaller broadcasters that feared cable systems
         would shut them out completely" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/1).  The
         decision rejected the cable industry's argument that the law
         was an "unconstitutional intrusion on cable operators'
         editorial autonomy, a form of Government-compelled speech
         that violates the First Amendment" (Linda Greenhouse, N.Y.
         TIMES, 4/1).  USA TODAY's David Lieberman notes the "biggest
         beneficiaries" are low-power and UHF stations --
         particularly those that feature foreign language, religious
         and home-shopping programming (USA TODAY, 4/1).  The N.Y.
         POST's Jon Elsen notes the ruling is "bad news for
         programmers trying to expand their cable audience, such as"
         The Golf Channel and CNN/SI (N.Y. POST, 4/1).   

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