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          ABC Exec VP/Production BRIAN MCANDREWS "is moving to
     the East Coast to become the executive in charge of ABC
     Sports," according to Stephen Battaglio of the HOLLYWOOD
     REPORTER.  McAndrews will become Exec VP/GM of ABC Sports
     and report to ESPN CEO/ABC Sports President STEVE BORNSTEIN
     starting on March 17.  Battaglio: "The appointment comes at
     a time when the future of ABC Sports as a separate entity
     has been in question.  ABC recently moved its top ABC Sports
     programming executive DAVID DOWNS to another position within
     the television network, and the position is not going to be
     filled."  ABC President ROBERT IGER is also reportedly
     "looking at ways to merge the operations" of the ABC Sports
     division with ESPN.  Sports Dir of Media Relations MARK
     MANDEL said McAndrews will "oversee the day-to-day
     operation" of the sports division and that his move has
     "nothing to do with accelerating any kind of action" between
     ABC Sports and ESPN (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/9). 

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