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          MYERS GETS UP CLOSE: ESPN's Chris Myers interviewed
     O.J. Simpson in a "no-holds-barred" session on yesterday's
     "Up Close."  In N.Y., Larry Sutton writes that Myers "fired
     tough questions" at Simpson (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/16).  In
     L.A., Larry Stewart: "Myers, who had more to lose than gain
     by doing the interview, didn't soften the questions, nor did
     he badger Simpson.  If anything, Simpson badgered him.  Give
     credit to ESPN for letting the live interview run minutes
     over the allotted time" (L.A. TIMES, 1/16).  In N.Y., Steve
     Zipay writes that Myers "played the role of interrogator"
     (NEWSDAY, 1/16).  In Philadelphia, Bill Conlin writes that
     Myers "maintained enough editorial control to prevent O.J.
     from [a] Don King-style monologue" (DAILY NEWS, 1/16).  Also
     in Philadelphia, Raad Cawthon writes that "as the hour ended
     with a deadly serious Myers saying good-bye, an off-camera
     Simpson could be heard saying, 'I thought I was going to be
     talking about sports with you'" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER,
     1/16).  In Baltimore, Milton Kent: "In the biggest moment in
     his career, Chris Myers did himself, his network and his
     profession quite proud" (Baltimore SUN, 1/16).   
          TV: In N.Y., WNBC-TV President/GM Dennis Swanson has
     both Jets coach Bill Parcells and Giants coach Jim Fassel
     under contract, and even though NBC doesn't have the NFL
     anymore, Swanson "is planning to do both a Jets and Giants
     show next season" (Bob Raissman, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/16).
     ...WCBS-TV in N.Y. ran a station promo which showed the CBS
     eye and the voiceover: "CBS-2 your home for the Olympic
     games and this fall, home of the NFL."  The end of the spot
     featured the NFL and WCBS eye logo (THE DAILY)....CNN will
     debut a new weekly series, "CNN's Page One With Nick
     Charles" on Saturday from 11:00-11:30am ET (CNN).

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