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Feb 11, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Price to become new leader of NATAS
Los Angeles-Peter Price will be named president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, sources said, adding that the announcement could come as early as Monday. The position has been vacant since the death last June of longtime NATAS leader John Cannon. Mr. Price had been best known as a publisher until he gravitated to the TV industry, where his leadership roles have included the presidency of Liberty Cable Television.
NAB wants to hold line on political ad discounts
Washington-At deadline, the National Association of Broadcasters was lobbying Congress to kill language in a campaign finance reform bill that lowers the already reduced rates federal candidates pay television stations to run political ads.
Hollings plans hearing on EchoStar-DirecTV
Washington-Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, plans to hold a hearing on the $26 billion merger of EchoStar and DirecTV, sources said.
Fox picks up Apatow pilot
Los Angeles-Fox formally made a pilot pickup of Judd Apatow’s previously under-wraps sitcom project, “Parole on Life,” late Friday.
Hearst-Argyle uptick
Chicago-Hearst-Argyle Television President David Barrett told analysts in an earnings call last week that things are looking up. “The company’s 10 NBC TV stations were pacing at a 10 percent increase in January, which is expected to repeat itself this month and possibly in March.