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JAPANESE SEEK TO RIVAL TURNER

The head of Japan's public broadcasting system said he wants to create a global news network to counter the spread of Cable News Network to dozens of countries.

"I don't mean to bad-mouth Mr. Turner, but CNN is trying to force U.S. news on the rest of the world," NHK Chairman Keiji Shima said Monday, referring to CNN head Ted Turner.

Under Shima's plan, broadcasters from Asia, Europe and North America would be responsible for eight-hour daily segments focusing on their own region.

Shima said he believed Asians should cover issues about Asia, but he did not give a detailed explanation why. He also said there was not enough news about the region being broadcast to other parts of the globe.

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