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).