New York-based MTV Networks' "The Goods" electronic retailing venture will merchandise the Rolling Stones' 1994-95 Voodoo Lounge tour of North America via a triplecast program running at various times through Oct. 28 on VH-1, MTV: Music Television and Nick at Nite. The one-hour show will offer a variety of merchandise, including a concert video, T-shirts, sports apparel and other clothing.
New York will unveil its redesign under new Editor Kurt Andersen with the Oct. 10 issue, hitting newsstands today. Changes include a modest tweaking of the logo and a sweeping redesign of the "Cue" listings section in the back of the book, which will incorporate brief stories and color art and pictures. The table of contents is being revised, and a new front news section, "Gotham," will incorporate breaking news from a variety of beats. The popular "Intelligencer" gossip column continues.
ABC Sports, New York, signed a multiyear deal with Churchill Downs and Triple Crown Productions to carry the Triple Crown, a horse-racing package that includes the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
Business Week is close to inking a deal with America Online, industry executives said. When Time went online with the service a year ago, the magazine requested a clause that specifically barred New York-based Business Week and four other major competitors from the service. That clause recently expired. A deal is expected within weeks.
CBS will purchase WGPR-TV, Detroit, from WGPR Inc. for $24 million in cash and WVEU-TV, Atlanta, from Broadcast Corp. of Georgia for $22 million in cash. Both stations are UHFs, acquired to guarantee New York-based CBS a presence in those markets following the defection of its former VHF station affiliates there to Fox.
MTV Networks' VH-1, New York, which begins a major revamp to reposition itself from a baby boomer channel to a dedicated music channel for post-MTV viewers this month, is in discussions with Capital Records about showcasing two major Beatles-related events: the release of the BBC's Beatles tapes later this year and a special anthology series of the Fab Four scheduled for release in 1995.
Joe Mandese coordinates MediaWorks.