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Published September 17, 1998
NBC CUTS? NBC "insiders" are "predicting job losses of between 200 and 300" as "across-the-board cuts are expected to average between 4% and 5%, with some divisions and departments -- particularly those not directly related to programming -- likely to take a larger hit." NBC Sports "may have to trim 8% of its budget, in part because of the absence of" the NFL (Josef Adalian, DAILY VARIETY, 9/17). TV: TNT's announcing line-up for its "Title Night" boxing debut September 22 will feature play-by-play man Kevin Harlan, analysts Evander Holyfield and Sugar Ray Leonard, ringside reporter Craig Sager and scoring judge Julie Lederman (Turner Sports)....The second game of Tuesday's Pirates-Cards doubleheader posted a 12.7 HH rating for Fox Sports Midwest, becoming the highest-rated program in FSM history (FSM)....CNN/SI will air the '95 Oscar- nominated documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing The Dream," tomorrow night at 9:00pm ET (CNN/SI)....The CBC will air "The New Ice Age -- A Year In The Life Of The NHL," a five- part documentary series, from September 29 to October 3. Co-Producer Joseph Blasioli said the filmmakers were given "unprecedented access" to the league for one full year, compiling over 500 hours of footage. The series is only available in Canada and U.S. border cities, but plans "are in the works" to make it available for sale on video (THE HOCKEY NEWS, 9/18 issue)....DirecTV is "expected to announce today" that it has hit the 4 million subscriber mark, which would put it "far ahead" of rivals Primestar (2.1 million) and Echostar (1.5 million). DirecTV passed the 3 million mark last November (DAILY VARIETY, 9/17).