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(Aug. 10, 2001) -- John Lazarus, senior vice president and executive director of national broadcast at TN Media, New York, is leaving the Interpublic Group of Cos.' unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

Also, Larry Blasius, senior vice president and director of national broadcast at TN, will take a top job at Interpublic's newly created media buying group, Magna Global USA, where he will work with chairman Bill Cella.

In a third shake-up, Howard Nass, senior vice president and executive director of local broadcast, will also depart TN at a later date. Interpublic recently acquired True North Communications, the parent of TN Media.

The moves further hint that there could be a merger of TN with Interpublic's other media operations, including Initiative Media, according to executives close to the agencies.

A TN spokeswoman referred calls to Initiative. -- David Goetzl and Wayne Friedman

Copyright August 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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