Video: Troubled Times for the Networks

Faced with new competition, they fight to hold their viewers

Click, click, click. Let your magic channel selector take you on a ramble through the satellite night. Three basketball games fill the sports stations: one pro, one college, one high school. Cable News Network is airing its 30-min. business report. With Mick Jagger and Joan Jett setting the tempo, MTV rocks all night. PBS has opera in German and soap opera in the Queen's English. In the free-for-all called cable access, gurus and do-gooders are proselytizing for churches without disciples, causes without effect. A...

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