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CNN PACT WITH SOVIET UNION

From Associated Press

Turner Broadcasting System, which owns the 24-hour Cable News Network, says CNN will be able to exchange news and journalists with the Soviet Union under a new agreement.

“CNN becomes the first American news organization to be affiliated directly with Intervision,” the Eastern Bloc consortium of television systems, the Atlanta-based broadcasting system announced.

TBS Chairman Ted Turner signed the one-year agreement in Moscow this week with Sergei Lapin, chairman of the U.S.S.R. State Committee for Television and Radio. The agreement calls for the two parties to act “in the spirit of friendship and good will to further international television cooperation.”

Besides news and journalists, the two television systems will be able to exchange entertainment programs, the announcement said. They also will cooperate on a six-hour documentary, “Portrait of the Soviet Union.”

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