Reality Check

FOX SAYS it is not a television network. Rupert Murdoch's upstart "programming service," as it calls itself, is taking advantage of Federal Communications Commission rules that say a network must offer more than 15 hours of prime-time viewing per week. Fox has cleverly programmed exactly 15, while the Big Three each have 22. As a non-network, Fox is free to syndicate the shows that it produces--a lucrative business denied by law to ABC, CBS, and NBC until November, 1995.

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