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Published January 6, 1998
HOCKEY ON THE NET: "Hockey Night in Canada" has launched its Web site at www.hockey.cbc.ca. The site includes NHL summaries and highlights; a Hotstove Lounge; and old CBC radio broadcasts "from the Original Six days" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/3)....The Canadiens launched their official Web site at www.canadiens.com. The site, designed by GE Capital's Technology Management Services Division, was launched on Christmas and "claims to have received 500,000 page views in its first 90 minutes." The site has separate English and French areas (GAZETTE, 12/28)....The Nashville Predators launched their Web site at Nash-nhl.com. The site was designed by Nashville-based Athena Computer Learning Center, and can also be linked from NHL.com (Predators). NOTES: In DC, Harry Jaffe writes that Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon "may leave the Post for big bucks at his hometown daily, the Chicago Tribune" (WASHINGTONIAN, 1/98)....In a letter to shareholders, Disney Chair Michael Eisner addressed ABC's declining TV ratings. In the letter, Eisner noted that ABC TV represented "only" 8% of total profits at Disney's ABC Inc. Industry sources "suggested" that ESPN and ABC Radio "all added more to the company's bottom line than ABC TV (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/6)....ESPN ran promos for "The Tony Kornheiser Show," which debuted yesterday on ESPN Radio, during the early "SportsCenter." ESPN also promoed "Gamenight," which moved yesterday from weekend nights to seven nights a week (THE DAILY, 1/5).