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Chung to interview Magic Johnson

Published Dec. 9, 1991|Updated Oct. 14, 2005

CBS is pre-empting Wednesday's edition of 48 Hours to make room for a Face to Face with Connie Chung special devoted to the Magic Johnson story. Chung interviewed Johnson in his Los Angeles home Wednesday, his first primetime TV interview, according to CBS, "since he stunned the world last month with his announcement that he was retiring from professional basketball because he has the HIV virus."

The broadcast will also include related reports on living with AIDS and interviews with some of Johnson's friends, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pat Riley. Chung and Bob Arnot, medical correspondent for CBS This Morning, will "talk with teen-agers about their concerns about AIDS."

NBC announced Thursday that it will introduce a Saturday morning version of the Today show starting Aug. 1 _ during the network's coverage of the Summer Olympics from Barcelona.

The live 8 to 10 a.m. feed will originate in New York.

NBC has been a consistent third-place finisher in the Saturday morning children's programing race, and increased competition from the Fox Children's Network hasn't helped.

NBC president Bob Wright made the announcement to the network affiliate board meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

Saturday Today would replace four cartoon shows now on the schedule.

No anchors or other on-air talent have been named for Saturday Today. Karen Curry will oversee the program in her new post as executive producer of morning news programing at NBC News.

NBC Entertainment announced that Pacific Station will return to the schedule with all new episodes starting Dec. 20. Although movies and specials have been aired lately on Friday nights on the network, Flesh 'N Blood had been assigned to that time slot.

Cable News Network president Tom Johnson confirmed Thursday that he has asked John Sununu "to consider replacing Pat Buchanan as co-host of (CNN's) Crossfire show on an interim assignment if Pat chooses to run for president."

The White House chief of staff, who will be replaced on Dec. 15 by Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner, is slated to become counselor to the president until March following his forced resignation.

Johnson said Thursday that Sununu "said he would consider (the offer) and get back to me. I think he was genuinely surprised by the offer."

However, in a Wednesday night appearance on Larry King Live on CNN, Sununu seemed quite emphatic that he would not leave the White House before March.

Thursday, White House deputy press secretary Gary Foster said, "The governor plans to stay at the White House until March 1. He has not decided what he will do after that; he is considering several options."

King was among several key CNN employees Johnson "bounced the idea around with" before making the offer. The CNN president said he and Ed Turner, executive vice president for news for the cable network, jointly called Sununu with the offer.


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