Inside Moves: Rupe runs global roundtable

Rupert Murdoch heads a global media company and he wants us all to know it. On Tuesday, the News Corp. chief gathered an impressive selection of heavyhitters in foreign and domestic policy at an ambitious new initiative, Global Forum 2000.

Two panels with the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell, Robert Rubin and World Bank president James Wolfensohn were charged by moderator Henry Kissinger with exploring the global role of the United States in the 21st century.

The event, at the Regent Wall Street hotel, was broadcast in its entirety on News Corp.’s Fox News Channel. Panelists fielded online questions from FoxNews.com along with queries from the audience, a diverse group including former New York City police commissioner William Bratton, Republican fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher and gossip columnist Cindy Adams.

Forum touched on meaty issues like Europe’s dwindling population, the low rate of savings in the U.S., the role of developing nations — and the impact of the news media. Then lunch. Several protesters outside lamented the absence of female panelists. Participants had gathered at a dinner the previous night at Windows on the World where Secretary of State Madeline Albright was the keynote speaker.

— Jill Goldsmith

‘Sports Night’ goes into overtime

ABC is giving “Sports Night” another turn at bat.

Struggling skein last aired an original seg on April 4, with most industry insiders expecting the show would not return until after the May ratings sweeps. Instead, Alphabet will air a two-part season finale May 9 and 16 in the show’s regular 9:30 p.m. Tuesday slot.

News of “Sport Night’s” return comes as speculation over the future of the half-hour skein continues to heat up. Producer Imagine Television has had conversations with cablers TNT and HBO about picking up the series should ABC decide against ordering a third season.

However, it’s now looking more likely that ABC will renew “Sports Night,” though a final decision isn’t expected until just before ABC unveils its 2000-01 primetime sked next month.

Meanwhile, the sked shuffle is bad news for ABC’s midseason laffer “Talk to Me,” which will end its spring run on May 2, having aired four out of five segs produced. It’s unlikely “Talk” will be back next fall.

— Josef Adalian

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