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Oct 28, 2002  •  Post A Comment

New York-At deadline Friday correspondents and crews from ABC, CNN, Fox and NBC News had been told by Iraqi authorities they must leave Baghdad. In some cases it may have been merely that short-term visas had expired. In others, the move appeared to be a sign of official displeasure at the content of recent reports. NBC’s Keith Miller and his crew were ordered to leave by this week, upon the expiration of their visas. But the network’s Ned Colt arrived last week and seemed cleared to remain. CBS’s Tom Fenton and his crew had not been ordered out. CNN, meanwhile, still had correspondent Brent Sadler and a crew in Northern Iraq, which is not under the control of Saddam Hussein.
Sliwa show axed
New York-MSNBC has canceled the 4-month-old afternoon show “Curtis & Kuby,” featuring Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa and defense lawyer Ron Kuby. It had averaged 220,000 viewers and only 125,000 in the preferred 25 to 54 news demo. For the short term, the noon-to-2 p.m. time slot will be anchored by Chris Jansing and will focus on coverage of the upcoming elections and tensions with Iraq.
FCC close on AT&T
Washington-Sources at deadline said the Federal Communications Commission staff has recommended that the agency approve Comcast Corp.’s acquisition of AT&T Broadband. “We’re close” to a final decision, said FCC Chairman Michael Powell.
NBC wants more `Miami’
Los Angeles-NBC has requested nine additional episodes of its Thursday night Warner Bros. comedy “Good Morning, Miami,” completing a full-season order.
The series, from the creators of “Will & Grace,” has posted a strong performance among adults 18 to 49. “We believe this series is just finding its rhythm and will continue to gain momentum throughout the rest of the season,” NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said in a statement.