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Published January 16, 1998
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).