Also In the News
ABC News "Nightline" tonight will feature a discussion via satellite between South African foreign minister R.F. "Pik" Botha and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young on the subject of investments in South Africa . . .
A brief ceremony at the ABC News bureau here tomorrow will mark the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the late Frank Reynolds, the veteran anchor and newsman who died in July 1983 of cancer . . .
The ceremony will follow a luncheon presentation at the White House of a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, to Mrs. Henrietta Reynolds, the anchorman's widow . . . marking Reynolds' "contributions in the field of journalism and communications" . . .
The plaque, which will eventually be located in the bureau lobby, reads, in part, "our colleague and friend, he was one of America's foremost broadcast journalists, trusted and respected by millions of Americans" . . .
Mrs. Reynolds and other members of her family as well as ABC News executives will attend the seventh-floor ceremony . . .
Incidentally, CBS anchor Dan Rather quietly donated a $15,000 fee for a speech in Boston last week to the Frank Reynolds Scholarship fund, which was established in 1983 by prominent journalists . . .
That two-hour NBC boxing card featuring Larry Holmes' successful 15-round defense of his heavyweight boxing crown Monday night averaged an 18.9 rating and a 29 share in nine Nielsen markets. The card averaged an 18.8/30 on Channel 4 here . . .
The two-hour conclusion of "Deadly Intentions" on ABC averaged a 22.9/34 in the nine big markets, including a 22.6/34 on Channel 7, while the three-hour conclusion of "Christopher Columbus" on CBS averaged a 15.7/24 in the nine Nielsen big cities, including a 16.6/26 on Channel 9 . . .
Channel 26 is bringing back "Dr. Who" for a 52-week run this summer, starting Sunday, July 7, in the 5 p.m. time slot . . .
WETA aired the same series in 1982 and it was most recently on Channel 32 in this market . . .
There have been six different Dr. Whos in the British-made series (but who's counting, right?). The WETA series will feature the actor Tom Baker, who was the fourth Who . . .
The big feature of this go-around: Each complete Who story line actually runs three to four episodes of differing lengths so every Sunday, WETA will present the entire 90-minute or two-hour story!!! . . .
The WETA series will add up to 174 episodes which come out to 41 complete stories, with 11 reruns in there someplace (Who boy!) . . . This Is a story about Charles O.
Who always ties his ties in a bow
And sometimes tells the news in verse
(An improvement, those days when it couldn't be worse).
Yesterday up in New York, we hear,
They honored Charles as Dad of the Year.
The National Father's Day Committee,
As a matter of fact, has inspired this ditty
With his prize in the category: communications
(He's seen on all of the CBS stations).
Charles' the dad of two sons and three daughters
And if he hadn't won you'd have wondered, who oughta?
So hats off to Osgood (for that's his last name)
On behalf of all dads, who'll next month share his fame . . . Racing Quickly Along
Channel 7, which was not entirely happy with our report yesterday that Channels Four and Nine are not entirely happy with Seven's late-night news-ratings tactics during the May sweeps, called yesterday to report that:
On the night of Feb. 6, smack in the middle of the February ratings sweeps, when President Reagan's State of the Union address left NBC and CBS with little or nothing to broadcast until the local news began at 11 . . . both Four and Nine "coded" portions of their late news that evening as "specials" so that neither counted in the sweeps averages . . .
That night, Channel 7's ABC lead-in was "Dynasty" and, Channel 7 pointed out yesterday, Channel 7 counted its 11 o'clock news show in the ratings that evening . . .
(Four and Nine have complained that Seven has dubbed portions of three of its news shows as "specials" so far in May because of poor 10 p.m. lead-ins from ABC so that they don't count in the news ratings) . . .
Thirteen TV shows and three radio programs were honored yesterday by Action for Children's Television (ACT) for "exceptional attention to the entertainment needs of children" . . .
Among the TV awards, public broadcasting won for the Children's Television Workshop program, "3-2-1 Contact;" the Bank Street College of Education's "Voyage of the Mimi;" KTCA in Minneapolis, for "Newton's Apple" and WQED in Pittsburgh, for "Wonderworks" . . .
CBS won for its afternoon "Schoolbreak Specials" and the Saturday morning "Pryor's Place," while Home Box Office took awards for its "Braingames" and "Fraggle Rock" programming . . .
(We ordinarily eschew radio, but our favorite title among yesterday's winners was New York's WNYC-AM's choice for a children's radio show, "Small Things Considered") . . .
If there isn't a lot of camera work around the set for "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" the first three nights of this week, it's because Dan is sitting at a little table in the exclusive Crystal Room at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, where CBS affiliates are meeting this week . . . and except for the cameras and the CBS logo on the wall there isn't much to show . . .
"Good Morning America's" David Hartman is going to New Delhi to interview Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 31 for a June 6 broadcast on the occasion of the Indian leader's U.S. visit . . . And Finally
ABC News cameraman Chester Quarles died Sunday after a long illness . . .
Mr. Quarles, who would have been 41 yesterday, joined ABC in 1972, and came to the Washington bureau four years later . . .