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6 NETWORKS After saying they'd take ads on 9/11 anniversary coverage, nets are reconsidering. Fox and Fox News say they'll go without them. Did skittish advertisers play a role?

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.

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