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Ed McMahon won another round in his libel suit against the Star as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered the publication to divulge by Monday its source of a story regarding the “Star Search” host. McMahon filed a $ 5 million lawsuit against the Star in May.

Sources believe the ruling may hasten an out-of-court settlement.

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Bell Atlantic chairman Raymond Smith and new FCC chairman Reed Hundt will speak during the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention March 20-24 in Las Vegas. Smith will be the keynote speaker March 21 at the NAB Television/Television Bureau of Advertising luncheon. Also, Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Harry Caray will be inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame March 22.

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Willie Brown, whose gig as state Assembly speaker goes on permanent hiatus in 1996 thanks to term limits, will host a Monday-Friday talk show to follow “Today” on Sacramento station KCRA-TV. The first installment is tentatively skedded to air at 9 a.m. Jan. 31. The San Francisco Democrat has taped five pilots for aud testing. “We have high hopes for it,” said station creative director Val Nicholas.

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