The Corporation for Public Broadcasting board held an executive session via telephone Thursday tidying up after the San Francisco Fiasco earlier this month . . .
The board announced Friday that outgoing President Edward J. Pfister had been placed on administrative leave as of Friday until his resignation takes effect June 15 . . .
In other action, the board accepted the resignation, proferred May 19, of Linda Dorian as vice president, general counsel and board secretary, effective that date . . .
The CPB board is scheduled to hold another executive session on Friday . . .
There's a chance that at that time an interim successor to Pfister may be named . . .
David Ives, the semiretired public broadcaster from Boston -- and a favorite among Public Broadcasting Service executives for the job -- turned down an offer for the interim post . . .
Meanwhile, the CPB board has designated a management committee (composed of vice president and treasurer Don Ledwig; vice president for telecommunications David Brugger; and Paul Symczak, who was Dorian's deputy and is now acting general counsel) to run the corporation for the interim of the interim . . .
These were the latest developments since the stormy San Francisco board meeting 13 days ago when CPB board chairman Sonia Landau muscled through a resolution withdrawing CPB's support of a September trip to Moscow . . .
Eight to 10 PBS station executives as well as Pfister and CPB's Office of International Activities Director David Stewart were going to talk to Soviet TV executives about program purchases and the possible sale of some PBS product to the USSR . . .
Henry Gutin, a CPB board member, was also scheduled to make the trip but during the resolution arguments voted with the 6-to-4 majority to withdraw financing . . .
Landau maintained that CPB, as a government agency, had no business "negotiating" with a branch of the Soviet government, considering the current state of relations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. . . . amid hints that somehow U.S. TV audiences might be duped by whatever programming PBS eventually purchased or bartered for . . .
This enraged Pfister, who was at the meeting and has long been at odds with Landau, as well as others on the board who voted against the resolution. They claimed that CPB is independent and was established as an independent agency by Congress in 1967 precisely to avoid the "politicization" of public broadcasting . . .
Pfister submitted his resignation the next day, Thursday, May 16, and on May 17 delivered a farewell address to public broadcasters meeting in San Francisco, in which he attacked the CPB board decision . . .
According to a report in Communications Daily, the address "infuriated" Landau, who spotted Pfister after the speech had ended with a standing ovation and chased him down a hallway, "screaming," according to the newsletter, "what a schmuck you are. Oh, Ed Pfister, you're incredible, just incredible. You don't even know what honesty is." . . .
The newsletter said that Pfister sought to avoid Landau but that she chased him into a nearby PBS press room where she continued, "You don't give a damn about this institution" and then "stormed" from the room . . .
"Pointing after Landau," the newsletter continued, "Pfister said 'That's not unusual' " . . .
CPB board member Sharon Rockefeller, who was defeated by Landau in her bid for reelection last year as board chairman, told the reporter "that Landau was 'crazy' " . . .
The newsletter account said Landau later calmed down and during her own press conference said that Pfister was "at best tacky, and very arrogant" . . . The newsletter said Landau characterized "the whole incident as a personality clash over a small point, whether two people Pfister and Stewart who dash around the globe should go to the Soviet Union" . . .
PBS, meanwhile, is still negotiating to revive the Moscow trip . . .
Landau had told the press conference that "PBS had more common sense and grace and therefore could better handle sponsoring the trip" . . . Also in the News
"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" will travel to a still unnamed city in Japan during the week of Aug. 5-9 . . .
Forty years ago, on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, U.S. planes dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hastening the end of the war against Japan, which ended with that country's surrender on Sept. 2, 1945 . . .
Anchor Gordon Peterson's Edward R. Murrow lapel button must have been twirling a couple of nights last week . . .
Channel 9 "newsbreaks" usually devoted to plugs for his upcoming 11 o'clock news show were devoted instead to plugs for the upcoming "Knots Landing" season finale on Thursday and a plug for an anticlimactic interview with "Falcon Crest" creator Earl Hamner (which wound up Friday) the next night . . .
And for what it's worth, the "Knots Landing" finale registered an 18.4 Nielsen rating and a 29 percent audience share in six major Nielsen markets Thursday night . . .
Professional Video Services has signed a contract with Cable News Network to supply the key technical personnel at the CNN bureau here, including cameramen, sound men, couriers, etc. . . .
The 50 employes involved are union members . . .
Channel 20, which has been testing its stereo broadcasting equipment for some time, will air a one-hour special at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, called "Video Soul With Donnie Simpson," which WDCA claims will be the first TV show produced and broadcast locally in stereo . . .
Simpson and guests, broadcasting from the studio, will be aided and abetted by the latest MTVs . . .
For those without stereos, it will be simulcast on WKYS-FM, 93.9 . . .
As part of the deal, a stereo TV will be given away during the telecast!!! . . .
Potomac News, which says it's the largest independent TV news organization in Washington, with 70 clients around the country, has opened a London bureau with Jesse Shulman in charge . . . And Finally
On this slow holiday, TV Column fans, a word that though "Family Feud" is gone (the last ABC network appearance will be June 28) . . . producer Howard Felsher is pretty sure it will be back . . .
"It's the nature of game shows. 'Family Feud' was such a success it will be back, probably in a couple of years," Felsher said recently . . .
Meanwhile, Felsher and Goodson-Todman Productions are moving on to a new version of the old "Concentration," which enjoyed a long run on NBC . . .
Goodson-Todman is producing its own pilot and the word is that all three networks are interested. The new host (Hugh Downs once served in the role) will be Orson Bean.
Says a spokesman: "The clunky old board" with the clues on it will be replaced by a new computer-operated board . . .