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Apr 16, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Bare she is
Los Angeles-Jerri Manthey, the Los Angeles-based actress booted off CBS’s “Survivor: The Australian Outback” a few weeks ago, loosely hinted that she has been approached to pose nude in an upcoming issue of Playboy magazine. Ms. Manthey, who is proud of having worked as a Hooters girl, told a morning interviewer on KRTH-FM (Los Angeles) last Friday that she was “not at liberty to talk about it” in response to questions about a potential Playboy shoot.
A league of their own
Washington-The Women’s United Soccer Association, featuring eight teams that was created by the cable industry, was slated to kick off Saturday. Investors and team owners are John Hendricks, CEO of Discovery Communications; cable pioneer and AT&T board member Amos Hostetter; Time Warner Cable, part of AOL Time Warner; Cox Communications; and Comcast Corp.
Mr. Hendricks said Friday during a speech in Washington that TNT and CNNSI, networks owned by AOL Time Warner, will televise some of the games nationally. Additional games will be carried regionally by Comcast Sports Net and other channels operated by the investment partners.
PBS pledge: more funds
Washington-PBS will hold its third summit at Utah’s Sundance resort April 20 to 22 and the focus will be on station fund raising, a departure from the programming issues discussed at the previous events. About 50 to 60 executives are expected to attend from 30 member stations.
Fund raising from pledge drives is on the rise, but PBS worries it’s not growing fast enough. Stations collected $358.8 million from the viewing public in 1999, compared with $341.2 million in 1998.