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Dow Jones director quits in sale opposition

German publishing executive Dieter von Holtzbrinck has resigned as a director of Dow Jones & Co. to protest the board's endorsement of a deal to sell the company, which publishes the Wall Street Journal, to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. In a letter to Dow Jones' board members, von Holtzbrinck said he was "very worried" that the company's "unique journalistic values will long-term strongly suffer after the proposed sale." Dow Jones' board endorsed the $5 billion buyout offer from News Corp. late Tuesday, and the proposal has gone to the company's controlling shareholders, the Bancroft family, for a decision. They are expected to meet Monday and take several days to consider the offer.

'Sesame,' 'Idol' diversity attract AFTRA

"Sesame Street" and "American Idol" are among the shows set to be honored today with AFTRA's American Scene Awards. The annual laurels recognize "excellence in programming that portrays diversity in a positive and realistic light." The performers union announced the awards Thursday at its 70th annual membership convention in Philadelphia.

Golf Channel's personal drive

Programmers at the Golf Channel said Thursday that the cable network is launching a new series titled "My World." Each episode will spend a day with a player on the PGA Tour or LPGA Tour, exploring the athlete's town, life and passions away from golf. Fourteen shows will be produced for the 2007 season. Among those featured will be Christina Kim, Will MacKenzie, Davis Love III, Tim Herron and Cristie Kerr. "My World" debuts at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

CBS goes for new captive audience

The CBS Marketing Group said that it will provide original branded content to the Healium Waiting Room Network — a new viewing channel created by AVTV that is offered in thousands of medical offices nationwide. While it now reaches 300,000 waiting patients a month, the Healium network is expected to reach 3 million viewers monthly in 2008, when the service becomes available to medical clients serviced by Henry Schein Inc., which serves more than 120,000 medical practices in the U.S., CBS said.

Scripps site entices users with recipes

Scripps Networks said Thursday that it has acquired Recipezaar, a user-generated recipe and community site that features more than 230,000 recipes. The acquisition is part of Scripps Networks' overall strategy to create online communities for consumers with shared interests while at the same time moving its online ventures beyond extensions of its TV networks. Recipezaar will function as a stand-alone brand while complementing

No extended forecast for Weather's Connelly

Terry Connelly is exiting his post as GM and senior vp programming and production at the Weather Channel. Connelly, whose last day at the network will be Sept. 30, is leaving to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. The network is looking for his replacement. Connelly joined the Weather Channel as vp programming in 1999, rising through the ranks.