Rupert Murdoch is throwing down a challenge to John Malone by launching the Health Network in mid-July to 17 million cable subscribers.
Peacock flagship WNBC remained Gotham's latenight news leader in May, while Fox's WNYW held onto the 10 p.m. news crown in a sweeps book marked by aud erosion for almost every station.
With the final numbers in, NBC has won the May sweeps and the season's adults 18-49 crown, while CBS took top honors for the 1998-1999 season in homes.
Primetime sales could climb up to 10% over last year to a record $6.8 billion, insiders say as TV's annual upfront ad market speeds toward the finish line.
After losing ground in the past few sweeps, KABC reclaimed the 4 p.m. news crown from KNBC in the May book and closed the gap in other key news battles.
ABC's Disney-produced kidvid sked has wrapped up its second consecutive season-long win among broadcast competish, holding onto the crown despite a strong challenge from Fox Kids Network.
CNN Intl., continuing its plans to revamp and regionalize, is beefing up its staff in the biggest push since its 1985 launch.
Fox and its affils have declared a truce in their war over the net's controversial plan to take back a huge chunk of commercial inventory.
Telewest, the U.K.'s second-largest cable company, is reportedly poised to make a $1 billion takeover bid for General Cable, the country's fifth-largest operator.
Representatives of three entertainment industry guilds will join the non-profit org Population Communications Intl. to examine social problems such as teenage parenthood, battered women and diseases…