ECW Cancels PPV Event

NEW YORK-With its financial difficulties mounting, Extreme Championship Wrestling last Friday abruptly canceled its scheduled March 11 pay-per-view event.

The grappling group has struggled both financially and publicity-wise since last year, when TNN: The National Network, then The Nashville Network, dropped a weekly ECW series and replaced it with programming from World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc.

NTL, Liberty Venture Would Be a Big One
LONDON -Sources last Friday confirmed a report in The Financial Times
that said Liberty Media Group and NTL Inc. have held exploratory talks on a joint venture that would roll out high-speed data services in Europe.

NTL confirmed the talks, but didn't provide additional details.

A pact would create a stronger link between three of Europe's biggest cable investors, as Liberty is currently closing a deal to take a big stake in United Pan-Europe Communications N.V., the continent's biggest private MSO. Liberty also owns a stake in UPC parent UnitedGlobalCom Inc. and about a quarter of British MSO Telewest Communications plc.