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Matthews set for fall debut

NBC Enterprises has sold its half-hour, first-run offering, The Chris
Matthews Show
, in nine of the top 10 markets
for a fall 2002 launch.

The weekend news and commentary show, from the host of
co-owned MSNBC's Hardball, is now cleared in 70 percent of the country.

The majority of the top-10 stations carrying the show are
NBC-owned, but stations from a laundry list of other groups are on board,
including ones from Hearst-Argyle Television Inc., Gannett Co. Inc., A.H. Belo Corp., Cox Broadcasting,
Scripps-Howard Co., LIN Television Corp. and Clear Channel Communications Inc.

The show will be produced by NBC News out of Washington,