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WAS TED'S CHOICE OF AUSTRALIA FOR GAMES A SHOT AT MURDOCH?
Published July 21, 1998
It is "hardly surprising -- and a wise decision -- that Turner Broadcasting has linked the New York Goodwill Games ... to the Olympic cachet in as many ways as possible," according to Steve Zipay of NEWSDAY, who notes that during Sunday's prime-time broadcast of the event, "the connections to past Olympics were inescapable, not only with highlights and references to records but also in employing the Olympic TV format, alternating events and taped profiles." In addition, Ted Turner announced that the 2001 Games will be held in Australia, one year after the 2000 Summer Games. Zipay: "Turner executives deny the choice of locale was to rankle Australian and Turner nemesis Rupert Murdoch, but in the media-mogul business, capitalizing on any chance to tweak a rival is sound gamesmanship" (NEWSDAY, 7/21). SEE ALL GOOD PEOPLE TURN THEIR HEADS EACH DAY: Turner was profiled and interviewed by Maureen O'Boyle of "Extra" during her nightly report from the Games. Turner: "Doing good is always fun. You always feel better when you do good things than when you do bad things. Hitler wasn't nearly as happy as Bob Hope." Turner, on what dreams he still has: "I've got a long list. I'd like to see everybody start acting like educated, intelligent, kind-hearted human beings. That's what I'd like to see first. Then I'd like to win an NBA Championship" ("Extra," 7/20).