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Volume 24 No. 159
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     The Patriots are hoping to expand coverage of their four
exhibition games to a network of stations through six states --
including VT, CT and NH.  The Patriots will sell almost all the
ads and keep the revenue of their flagship WCVB-TV (Boston)
coverage, but it could vary elsewhere (BOSTON GLOBE,
2/12)....Reports continue that CBS Broadcast Group President
Howard Stringer may leave the network to head up the programming
partnership between Bell, Atlantic, Nynex, and Pacific Telesis.
DAILY VARIETY is reporting that CBS Inc. Chair Laurance Tisch has
agreed to let Stringer out of his contract, although sources
close to CBS deny that is the case (L.A. TIMES, 2/11)....Thomson
Consumer Elections, who established the RCA Digital Satellite
System, has signed on a primary sponsor of the Cale Yarborough
NASCAR racing team (Thomson Consumer).