Television: End Run

Early Bird's in the heavens, but all's still not right with the world of TV transmission. For one thing, the networks fret that when the free-trial period ends, the Communications Satellite Corp. might set an unrealistic fee for its use (current expectation: $6,500 per hour). And for another thing, the networks feel they are already paying an exorbitant amount for the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. landlines that now link them to their affiliated stations in the U.S. So ABC Boss Leonard Goldenson has proposed a solution: a domestic version of the Early Bird, which would hover over the U.S.,...