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NEW YORK – Time Warner Inc. is to replace $300 million in expensive public bonds, originally issued by Cablevision Industries Corp. before its acquisition by Time Warner earlier this year, with lower-cost debt, the company said Thursday.

The move is part of a longrunning effort by the entertainment giant to reduce the cost of its debt. Time Warner stock closed up 25¢ to $38.

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NEW YORK – NBC’s parent General Electric raised its quarterly dividend 13% to 52¢ a share Thursday and also announced an increase in its share buyback program from $9 billion to $13 billion, extended through 1998. GE said it had repurchased $6.3 billion worth of its stock in the past two years.

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NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – Garry Geddis, president and chief operating officer, and Brian Woods, the top marketing executive of Viacom Inc.’s (VIA) Blockbuster Entertainment Group unit, have resigned.

Blockbuster said in a memo to employees that the two execs decided not to relocate to Dallas, where Blockbuster is moving its headquarters from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Tele-Communications Inc.’s Satellite Entertainment arm has sold one of its Tempo satellites to Telesat Canada, which plans to launch a direct broadcast satellite business in Canada.

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