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MSNBC turns cameras on today

A live interview with President Clinton will inaugurate the launch of MSNBC.

    A live interview with President Clinton will inaugurate the launch of MSNBC, the Web site and cable news channel produced jointly by Microsoft and NBC, which officially debuted today at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

    The Clinton interview, scheduled for tonight, will serve as an example of how the Web site and the cable channel will work together in the new venture as Internet surfers will be able to submit questions for the President via email to the show's host during the cable broadcast.

    MSNBC will produce 14 hours of original programming for the cable channel, and NBC reporters will provide commentary and other information specific to the Web site. It was also mark Microsoft's full-fledged entry into the content and news business, an effort that is also producing online political magazine Slate and a group of regional city entertainment publications, according to sources.