CBS, AFFILIATES FORM BUSINESS TASK FORCE MEETING FAILS TO YIELD FIREWORKS

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The CBS affiliates were restless at last week's meeting with the network in Los Angeles, but most seemed to feel a little more secure by the time they packed their bags.

The broadcast industry is still reeling from Fox Inc.'s announcement of a deal with New World Communications sending eight CBS affiliates into the Fox camp. CBS offered no corresponding bombshells, though talk of a potential deal with Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co. was the buzz of the meeting.

CBS did say a joint affiliate-network business task force will be established. The group will investigate and develop complementary new lines of business, especially ventures related to new-media technologies.

Reaction was mixed to CBS' plans for Sunday afternoon programming now that National Football Conference games have moved to Fox. The network will target women with original Hallmark Entertainment productions, romance movies and sports events such as figure skating.

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