5 AOL TIME WARNER Little victories now cause for clinking glasses as feds snoop around. Stock price climbs out of single digits, Connie Chung out-rates dinosaur Donahue and Austin is again a box-office power.
3 TOP MEDIA EXCECS Messier, Pittman and Middlehoff forced out. And Middlehoff deputy Joel Klein to head up New York City schools.
2 CHARLOTTE BEERS Former Mad Ave. queen loses out on Pennsylvania Ave. as President Bush's new Office of Global Communications could reduce influence of her State Deparment PR operation.