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MEDIA NOTES

          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).

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