Network TV: NBC May Air Cable Nets

CNBC, MSNBC could be offered for carriage on digital channels NBC is considering putting MSNBC and CNBC, its two cable channels, on over-the-air, digital TV at its TV stations and affiliates, according to an executive at an NBC affiliate. The idea of broadcasting the cable channels came up in a speech by NBC network president Neil Braun, speaking about the digital future and the network’s options. “The idea of affiliates carrying [MSNBC and CNBC] has been

Magazines: Motley Arrives as Life Buoy

Within ‘world of wonder,’ another editor maps new direction Is it the end of Life as we know it? Within the span of a week, 15 employees-nearly one-third of the monthly’s staff-learned they were out of a job. Those who got walking papers included the director of design, the picture editor and the chief of reporters. Other reporting and writing positions were also chopped. To cap it off, assistant managing editor and director of photography David

Washington: Hard News Is Good to Find

CBS and ABC make their newscasts harder while NBC’s news aims to be more relevant About 10 years ago, an obstetrician named Leboyer started a craze in delivering babies. He said that newborns were traumatized by traditional births in brightly lit room, surrounded by chaos and cacophony culminating with a slap on the butt. He recommended the Laboyer method: a tepid bath, dim lights and gentle music to ease the babe into the world. While Laboyer’s

Cable TV: The Road More Traveled

In a survival mode, Discovery makes Travel free until 2000 Discovery Communications is offering affiliates free Travel. Not a ticket to Bermuda, but a license-fee free Travel Channel to affiliates for three years as Discovery hopes to get the network back on the map. Under terms of the new deal, both existing and new affiliates will get the network free until 2000. After 2000, a long-term fee deal will kick in. Travel Channel, bought by Discovery

The Biz: Fuji, Microsoft March With Small Soldiers

Though its first few movies went out unaccompanied, DreamWorks SKG is lining up a troop of marketing partners for its summer feature, Small Soldiers, already creating a buzz in entertainment and licensing circles. On board are Fuji, TraveLodge, Microsoft, Hunt-Wesson and previously announced Burger King. Near to signing on is Hunt’s Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. The studio is aiming the movie, which centers on a battle between commando soldiers and monsters, at the Men in Black

Extensions: P&G Puts Pantene on Dandruff Beat

Pantene, the No. 1 haircare brand in the country, will get its first-ever price increase and $28.5 million in new spending: half on a new heat-activated conditioner and the other half on the brand’s first-ever foray into anti-dandruff haircare, Pro-V Anti-Dandruff. Pantene Anti-Dandruff will be backed by $14.5 million in advertising, as the company looks to make a distinctly feminine imprint on what has been broadly perceived as a more sterile medicinal shampoo category. Procter this
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