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‘Current Affair’ Putting All Its Chips On O.J. In Ratings Gamble

Looking to shake things up some, third-ranked syndicated tabloid series "A Current Affair" is going all O.J. all the time. While the program has covered the trial of O.J. Simpson from the start, producers are now shifting gears to offer viewers nothing but Simpson stories. Each half-hour of the nightly series will be devoted only to the Simpson trial (unless a story pops up so big that it demands coverage). That means no more tawdry tales of strip clubs doubling as restaurants - that is, unless O.J. or any of the lawyers in the case have eaten there. According to a show spokeswoman, producers have hired 50 new staffers on the West Coast just to work on the Simpson story.

Fcc Recommends Deal With Murdoch

Media baron Rupert Murdoch would get to keep his TV stations but would have to reduce Australian-based News Corp.'s investment in Fox Television under a proposal being considered by federal regulators. Federal Communications Commission staff are recommending that News Corp. reduce its 99 percent interest in the Fox Television operation to about 25 percent to comply with federal laws limiting foreign ownership.

Abc Winning Network In ‘94-‘95 TV Season

ABC Tuesday claimed victory among the broadcast networks in the 1994-95 season ended Sunday. It was ABC's first win in 15 years - but rarely has the matter of which network won or lost a television season said as little about how much the medium changed since the previous September, or about where it's headed. Foremost, the viewer was primetime's biggest winner. Nothing supports the point as eloquently as a comparison of the 10 most popular shows of this season versus those of a decade ago.

Free Air Time Urged For Candidates

Fox Inc. Chairman Rupert Murdoch urged broadcasters Monday to provide free air time to political candidates, a wildly unpopular notion in the TV industry. "We don't need the money," he told several hundred broadcasting executives at the National Association of Broadcasters convention.

Mtv Takes Latest Series To ‘The Maxx’

"The Maxx" succeeds with its edgy, spiky style and disjointed storytelling. The latest in MTV's "Oddities" series, which airs tonight at 11:30, is rendered with a certain panache, transmitting a darkly compelling view of animation in the service of visceral fantasy. Indeed, "Maxx," based on the comic book created by Sam Kieth, has been packaged with a sharp appealing look. The conceit powering mad "Maxx" casts the protagonist as a violent, hulking homeless man in purple outfit (living out of a cardboard box in the squalid bowels of the big city) who is looked after by a free-lance social worker named Julie, a young woman dressed like an over-the-top call girl. Yet in another reality this large man of the grubby streets is a being battling existential perplexities and nobby, bald, bouncing creatures while protecting Julie.

Local Artisans Will Show Wares On Shopping Channel

Millions of television viewers across the country will get a chance to purchase wreaths, barbecue sauce, jewelry and other items from North Idaho this summer. For a handful of local craftsmen, it's a big break. QVC, the national home-shopping network, picked their products as part of a group of 20 Idaho items it will market in a program that will feature products from each state.

State Government Coming To Cable TV

Get out the extra table leaf, Spokane - the state Supreme Court is coming to dinner. TVW will debut Monday evening on CityCable 5, offering cable TV viewers a firsthand look at their state government in action. "People have an inherent right to watch their government at work in an unedited, unvarnished fashion," said Denny Heck, president of the Olympia-based programming.

Potato Appeal Shopping Channel Searches Out Products That Say ‘Idaho’

Inventive entrepreneurs are trying to convince QVC buyers that nothing says "Idaho" better than a spud on a stick, or a pet pack, or maybe a wearable sled. Those products, along with retractable phone cords, bird houses and a multi-angle shower attachment were all on display Thursday in Boise for the QVC national television shopping network.

TV Has E On Spuds Shopping Channel Seeks Products That Say ‘Idaho’

Inventive entrepreneurs are trying to convince QVC buyers that nothing says "Idaho" better than a spud on a stick, or a pet pack, or maybe a wearable sled. Those products, along with retractable phone cords, bird houses and a multi-angle shower attachment were all on display Thursday in Boise for the QVC national television shopping network.

Nbc To Forgo Live Coverage Of Gingrich Speech

NBC News announced Thursday it will not carry House Speaker Newt Gingrich's prime-time speech next Friday night. The network will monitor the half-hour address, however, and include excerpts on the 9 p.m. "Dateline" if the speaker makes headlines. CBS and ABC as of Thursday hadn't made up their minds, but it seems unlikely they'll turn over prime time to a nonpresidential address.

Jordan’s Return Gives Tnt Needed Ratings Boost

The Chicago Bulls game at New York Tuesday night on TNT was seen in an estimated 3.2 million homes, the most for any regular-season game since Turner Sports began televising the NBA 11 years ago. The A.C. Nielsen cable rating was a Turner record 5.1, compared to the old record of 4.9 on Dec. 11, 1987 for a Lakers-Celtics game on the superstation TBS.

Cbs Scrambling Hard To Win Ratings Crown

Maybe next season you'll make Don Johnson's new cop show "Off Duty" an instant smash as lowly CBS reclaims the ratings crown it owned the past three years. Maybe you'll get hooked on a new Bonnie Hunt sitcom about a television journalist - and in the process learn to keep her and Helen ("Mad About You") Hunt straight.