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Richard Soto is the Public Broadcasting Service’s new director of drama, performance and cultural programming, succeeding Alice Myatt, who ankled. The D.C.-based independent TV producer has extensive credits in public broadcasting, including shows for “American Playhouse,””Great Performances,””Wonderworks” and “Frontline.”

Sony Music Video will release “Bruce Springsteen in Concert” on vidcassette Dec. 15 at $ 19.98 suggested retail price. Though Springsteen footage has been available on cassette before, SMV is promoting the new release as Bruce’s “first-ever live concert homevideo.” It features all 16 numbers from his recent MTV concert plus two bonus songs.

Eddie Murphy will receive the Heritage Award for career achievement and Atco/EastWest recording artists En Vogue will get the Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year trophy at the seventh annual Soul Train Awards, set for March 9 at the Shrine Auditorium. Awards will be presented during the two-hour syndicated telecast, hosted by Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle and Natalie Cole.

Saban Entertainment has sold the movie “Blind Vision” to HBO. It will make its world TV debut on HBO’s sister channel, Cinemax today. The movie, starring former Miss USA Deborah Shelton, will premiere on HBO in February 1993.

Lorimar TV will pull a unique hat trick today from 9:30-10 p.m. with a program on each of the three networks in the same half-hour: ABC’s “The Jackie Thomas Show,” NBC’s “Reasonable Doubts” and the CBS Tuesday movie “A Killer Among Friends.”

NBC News correspondent Jamie Gangel has inked a contract extension with the web which will keep her reporting for “Today” for the next four years. Gangel joined the network in 1983 as a general assignment reporter based in Washington. She was named national correspondent for “Today” earlier this year.

NBC has confirmed that negotiations are under way with scribes Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to script a new sitcom based on Penny Marshall’s box office smash “A League of Their Own.” Aside from a one-hour pilot to be penned by Ganz and Mandel, the Peacock web may also be ordering an additional five episodes of the sitcom from TriStar TV.

Tabitha Soren, MTV’s political correspondent who gained national fame during the recent Presidential election, will join NBC’s “Today” as a contributing correspondent starting Monday. Soren will continue in her role as political correspondent for MTV while contributing to NBC. She joined MTV in 1991.

Patchett Kaufman Entertainment, in association with Dan Lauria and Peter Gatian, has acquired the rights to Carter W. Lewis’ play “Golf With Alan Shepard ,” which they will stage in Los Angeles next year in addition to adapting it for the screen. Patchett and Lewis will collaborate on the screenplay.

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