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Published May 10, 1999
NEWSDAY's Harry Berkowitz examined the "soaring" value of cable networks and wrote that Cablevision "is one of a number of major players reaping the rewards of the booming cable network business" with a total worth currently estimated at $3B. The "most valuable cable network" is ESPN, with its total worth estimated at $9B (NEWSDAY, 5/9). ...In DC, Ken Denlinger profiled John Thompson and his role as host of a weekly talk radio show on WTEM-AM. Thompson, who "has shown his witty and relaxed side" as host, has delivered "twice the audience" of men 25-54 that tuned in during the fall and the Arbitron rating for men 18-34 "is even better" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/8)....In N.Y., Keith Kelly wrote that SI "retracted" its original statement last week that its book on the coaching techniques of former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith was written by Smith with David Chadwick. The book was instead written "solely by Chadwick." SI Publicity Manager Robin Shallow: "It was human error. It certainly wasn't intentional" (N.Y. POST, 5/9)....CBS SportsLine presents a week-long special starting today examining the "advancement and inequities provided for African-Americans in sports" (CBS SportsLine, 5/9)....FSN's Keith Olbermann, previewing upcoming highlights during a lead-in to a commercial break last night: "We promise we will not try to sell you a magazine" (FSN, 5/9).