ESPN continues to develop programming inspired by sports talk-radio. The new "Focus Group" features fans sitting around a table, ranting and kvetching. (One host is no slick on-camera vet, but ESPN's ratings guru Artie Bulgrin.) And in February, ESPN2 plans to launch a daily show, "Drive Time," where viewers can e-mail or call in . ESPN may simulcast the show on its radio network. Also, another talk-radio staple - sportswriters - are all over ESPN with "PTI," "Sports Reporters II" and the upcoming "Around the Horn."
Korn/Ferry International is handling the search to replace Joe Ostrow, president-CEO of the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau, who will step down in March. Korn/Ferry's Bill Simon says: "We're looking for people from all different backgrounds-could be from the agency side, could be from a corporate [media] buying side or from a trade association." A CAB rep had no comment.
contributing: lisa sanders