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7/13/2003 08:00:00 PM Eastern
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Wilson Buying Nine TV Stations

NBC Revenue Slips in 2Q

HBO Plots Angels in America Strategy

CBS Publicist McDonald Dead

Wilson Buying Nine TV Stations

Las Vegas— Larry Wilson, former CEO of radio's Citadel Communications, is leading a group that has entered into an agreement to purchase Lamco Communications, the Williamsport, Pa.-based owner of nine small-market TV stations. Kalil & Co.brokered the deal. The price was estimated to be around $145 million. The stations involved: KRCR-TV Chico-Redding and KAEF-TV Eureka, both California (and both ABC affiliates); KECI-TV and KCFW-TV Missoula and KTVM-TV Butte-Bozeman, all Montana (all NBC); KTXS-TV Abilene-Sweetwater and KTXE-LP San Angelo, both Texas (both ABC); WCYB-TV in the tri-cities area of Tennessee and Virginia (NBC), and WCTI-TV Greenville-New Bern-Washington, N.C. (ABC).

NBC Revenue Slips in 2Q

New York— NBC's revenues dipped 2% in the second quarter to $1.95 billion and tumbled 14% in the first half to $3.4 billion. Part of the fall-off is due to lack of Olympic money, which it had in early 2002. Operating profits are up, however: 26% in the second quarter to $638 million and 20% for the first half to just over $1 billion.

HBO Plots Angels in America Strategy

Los Angeles— HBO will give viewers a few different ways to digest its December miniseries Angels in America. The $60 million project, which stars Meryl Streep and Al Pacino, will likely premiere as two three-hour episodes on a Sunday night. HBO then will telecast it again as six hour-long episodes and the as one marathon six-hour play. Also HBO announced two new series for 2004: Deadwood, a 19th century Western, and Marriage, about a married couple's life, co-produced by Steven Bochco.

CBS Publicist McDonald Dead

Los Angeles— CBS Publicity Manager Kevin McDonald, 56, died last week of cancer. He joined CBS in 1979 after a stint at The Hollywood Reporter.

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