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McGuirk adds sports duties

Terry McGuirk, vice chairman of Turner Broadcasting System, has added the title of CEO of Turner Sports Teams. Mr. McGuirk, who was replaced by Jamie Kellner as chairman and CEO of TBS last month, is intimately familiar with the teams through his many years as a lieutenant of Ted Turner, who built the Turner media and sports stable. Stan Kasten will continue as president of the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers and as corporate vice president of Turner Sports Teams, and will report to Mr. McGuirk.

Sanchez exit shakes up Miami TV race: MSNBC’s hiring of WSVN-TV anchor Rick Sanchez made the front page of today’s Miami Herald. MSNBC is not ready to say what Mr. Sanchez’s role will be after he arrives this summer, but the Herald said the departure in May of the sometimes controversial 42-year-old anchor from the Fox affiliate-whose crime-driven newscasts had heightened Miami’s cocaine-and-crime image-“will create tremors at all South Florida stations” because the ratings race is tight.

The verdict: ‘Mills Lane’ canceled: The trial is over for Paramount’s court-show strip “Judge Mills Lane.” Paramount has pulled the plug on the syndicated series, which will continue to air through the summer.

So far this season, the series averaged a 1.7, putting it in ninth place out of 11 court shows. Most recently it earned a 1.5, matching its worst rating ever and off 21 percent from last year. Earlier in the year, the Tribune stations announced they would not pick up the series for another season.

Gemstar, TV Guide ink deal: Gemstar-TV Guide International and Nielsen Media Research today announced the signing of a strategic partnership to develop state-of-the-art research-information products from the proprietary data captured by Gemstar-TV Guide International’s interactive program guides.

Motorola upbeat: Motorola was bullish about its digital TV and broadband-oriented hardware business during today’s conference call. The report was in stark contrast to the otherwise dismal news of its first-quarter loss, expectations for a weaker second quarter, modest prospects for the year, and plans to cut 26,000 jobs (13,000 cuts have already been made).

Motorola’s broadband unit reported first-quarter operating profits of $130 million, up from $99 million a year ago. Sales increased 21 percent to $818 million and orders rose 3 percent to $905 million.

NCTA: Follow diversity guidelines: The National Cable Television Association board today approved a resolution urging association members to continue to abide by the equal employment opportunity guidelines that a federal appeals court rejected on constitutional grounds early this year.

The Federal Communications Commission regulations were intended to encourage broadcasters and cable operators to recruit minority and

female employees.

NBC forges ‘Link’ showcase: NBC is scheduling a major showcase for its new midseason reality/game show offering, “Weakest Link,” on three consecutive nights beginning Monday, April 16, at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (ET). It will juggle its lineup to accommodate “Link.”

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Rob Sussman to executive vice president, Sundance Channel, from chief financial officer.