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  • MARV ALBERT TRIAL TO BEGIN TODAY IN VIRGINIA

              Marv Albert's trial on sexual assault charges begins
         today with jury selection, according to Howard Manly of the
         BOSTON GLOBE.  An NBC exec said the network "will cover the
         trial as news."  The exec: "We're treating it like any other
         celebrity trial.  No more, no less" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/21). 
         In DC, Brooke Masters wrote that around two dozen TV trucks
         will be outside the Arlington courthouse for the duration of
         Albert's trial, and "more than" 50 media organizations have
         picked up credentials (WASHINGTON POST, 9/21).  Albert's
         attorney, Roy Black, "expects this trial to last a week to a
         week and a half," according to USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke. 
         Media buyer Paul Schulman: "If he's innocent, I believe NBC
         puts him back on the air as soon as possible. ... If it ends
         up in the grey area, then it's a tough decision."  Grey
         Advertising's Jon Mandel: "Even if he's not guilty, he still
         has done harm to himself by not removing himself from the
         air until this is cleared up" (USA TODAY, 9/22).
    
    

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