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MEDIA NOTES

          CITIES OF ANGELS: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir notes the
     frequency of Angels' telecasts on Disney-parent ESPN's MLB
     action this season, pointing out that following its upcoming
     broadcast of the Angels-White Sox game on May 3, ESPN will
     have carried five Angels games this season, two more than
     any other team.  Sandomir writes that with Disney holding
     controlling interest in the Angels and ESPN, "it's easy to
     label this a conspiracy."  But ESPN VP/Communications Chris
     LaPlaca said, "There is no shadowy programmer on the grassy
     knoll.  Even Oliver Stone would have a hard time making
     something out of this" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 4/28).
          NOTES: In Cincinnati, John Fay wrote that no decision
     has been made on whether Pete Rose will get a bigger role on
     FSN's "The Last Word" following his stint as co-host last
     week, but added that Rose's "gig probably earned him strong
     consideration" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/27)....More turnover
     at the N.Y. Daily News sports dept. after Frank Brown left
     to work for the NHL.  Daily News Sunday Sports Editor Dave
     Kaplan "will soon leave" for the Yogi Berra Museum.  Also,
     Assistant Sports Editor Eric Gerard and Associate Sports
     Editor Anthony Rieber are "both leaving" the paper for
     journalism jobs outside NYC (CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS,
     4/27)....VARIETY's Rich Katz reports that the dispute
     between the NFL and CBS and Fox over the nets' stations
     being barred from using NFL clips in Sunday night highlight
     shows "will be resolved amicably this week."  The compromise
     reportedly allows "limited highlights in select markets of
     the home team's games," and sources said that it "satisfies"
     all parties concerned (VARIETY, 4/27 issue).

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