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Channel 9 management was just as surprised as lots of area NFL fans yesterday when CBS fed the station the San Francisco 49ers-Minnesota Vikings game at 1 p.m., instead of the Giants-Eagles game that had been scheduled . . .

Station Manager Ron Townsend, who couldn't get through to his own station because the switchboard was so busy with angry calls yesterday afternoon, did contact a chap at the controls at CBS in New York yesterday afternoon to be told only that his "orders were to give Washington the 49ers game" . . .

Informed by Townsend that Nine "always gets the same feed that Channel 11 in Baltimore gets," the chap at the controls told him, "There's nothing I can do about it" . . .

Townsend promised to look into the matter today . . .

Later in the afternoon, Nine was knocked off the air for about 10 minutes when a lightning bolt hit its transmission tower . . .

A major reorganization has taken place at the NBC News bureau here following the unexpected departure last week of Daniel Webster, deputy bureau chief for administration . . .

Webster left the network to take over as bureau chief of Conus Washington Direct, the new satellite news service being established here by Hubbard Broadcasting Inc. . . .

Friday, NBC News Washington bureau chief Bob McFarland announced that Brady Daniels, who has been manager of the finance department, will replace Webster . . .

In addition, the highly regarded Christie Basham, whose most recent assignment has been senior producer, Washington specials, was named to replace Les Kretman as deputy bureau chief for editorial . . .

John Lane, the NBC News executive vice president in charge of hard news, yesterday described the veteran Basham as "very strong, a real pro" . . .

Kretman, who Lane said has long wanted an overseas assignment, was named a producer in the NBC News Frankfurt bureau . . .

No replacement for Daniels has been named as yet . . .

Talk show King Larry King gets $1,000 a minute for his three-minute Sunday afternoon stints on NBC's "NFL '85" . . .

There've been three departures recently from Channel 7's promotion department . . . but management insists they're not related to the recent arrival from Paramount TV of Mike Tanner as promotion and marketing boss . . .

One of the departers, Susan B. Laine, who had been director of press relations for WJLA, has joined the ABC News Washington bureau as news information coordinator . . .

She replaces Elise Adde, who recently went to New York to take over publicity for "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" . . .

And Emily Barr, who had been news promotion producer at WJLA, went to KHOU in Houston to become promotion manager . . .

In other personnel notes, Robert Edward (Teddy) Turner, son of Cable News Network owner Ted Turner, goes to work this week as a researcher, tape editor and cameraman at CNN's Moscow bureau . . .

Teddy says he wants to learn all aspects of the operation except reporting . . . "I don't think I have the voice or the looks for the on-air stuff . . . Also in the News

Black Entertainment Television is introducing four new programs Oct. 1 as part of its new fall schedule . . .

"The Private Lives Of," similar to "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," will showcase black men and women only, with Terri Carter as host and Altovise Davis, wife of Sammy Davis Jr., as one of the reporters. It will air Tuesdays and Fridays at noon and 8 p.m. . . .

"Dr. Flowers on Call" will air weekdays at 3 and 11 p.m. It features Dr. Loma K. Flowers, a San Francisco psychiatrist with advice on how to handle psychological problems . . .

"Black College Football U.S.A.," with highlights and information, will precede BET's coverage of black college football, airing each Saturday at 11:30 a.m. . . .

"Columbia Pictures Television Presents" will feature three old network TV series -- "The Outcasts," "One of the Boys" and "One in a Million" -- which will air on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Each series featured a black actor in a leading or major supporting role . . .

ABC's "Good Morning America" won another week in the early morning network race with a 4.5 Nielsen rating and a 23 percent audience share average for the week ending Aug. 30 . . .

NBC's "Today" show was second with a 3.8/ 20 and "CBS Morning News" trailed with a 2.9/15 . . .

That's the ninth week in a row "GMA" has been on top, following a 15-week flirtation with "Today" during which the NBC program either beat or tied "GMA" for the top spot eight times . . .

And a tip of the ole rabbit ears to those Meister Brau ads, which make Captain Airwaves laugh . . .

The British Broadcasting Corp. announced late last week that a TV documentary on terrorism it had withdrawn in August under pressure from the Thatcher government will be shown in October . . .

The government-appointed board of the BBC had called the documentary a "flawed program" highlighting the outlawed Irish Republican Army and its leading figure, and charged that it had not adequately shown the effects of the IRA's violence . . .

The withdrawal precipitated a one-day strike that stopped all news and current affairs programming on the BBC and the commercial TV network in Great Britain . . .

Details of the adjustments, if any, made in the program, now set for the second half of October, were not revealed . . .

"The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" will air a series filmed recently in the Philippines all next week concerning "The Islands of Discontent," with correspondent Charles Krause . . . Ten to 15 minutes a night will be devoted to the examination . . .

The board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will meet Wednesday and Thursday in the annual meeting devoted to election of officers . . .

The word around town is that both CPB and the executive search firm hired for the purpose are having trouble landing a suitable candidate for the president's spot, which has been open since Ed Pfister resigned in late spring in a flap over a program-purchasing trip to the Soviet Union . . . Wait, There's More

That "new" set on "NBC Nightly News" that debuts tonight -- along with John Williams' new theme, scored to an 80-piece orchestra, yet -- isn't really the "new" set . . .

The eventual plan is to move everything to the fifth-floor newsroom at Rockefeller Plaza, but for now the newscast will continue to come from the third floor, which they've made look more like the real fifth-floor newsroom . . .

Right now, they're talking January for the debut of the Real New Set on the fifth floor . . .

Is that clear? . . .

The theme from the composer of the sound tracks for "Jaws," "E.T. the Extraterrestrial" and "Star Wars" will also debut on "NBC News at Sunrise" and the "Today" show Monday, Sept. 16 . . .

Actor Robert Conrad has been sued for $1.25 million for allegedly reneging on a contract to make TV and radio commercials for the Canadian distributors of Midas mufflers . . .

The suit was filed in a federal court in Los Angeles by the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency and Midas Canada . . . and accuses Bob of refusing in November 1983 to honor his contract to make the spots, which would have paid him a minimum of $80,000 . . .

The commercials, which would have called for Conrad to appear as a manager of a Midas shop, were scheduled to appear only in Canada, according to the suit . . .

The breach-of-contract suit seeks general damages of $250,000 plus punitive damages of $1 million against Conrad and his agent . . .

Ricardo Montalban -- and, presumably, Ricardo's collection of white suits -- have been signed to play shipping tycoon Zachary Powers on ABC's upcoming "Dynasty II: The Colbys," which debuts in November . . .

According to ABC, Zachary's business interests will place him in direct competition with Jason Colby, played by Charlton (Chuck) Heston . . .

The Colby cast now also includes Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Ross, Stephanie Beacham, Ken Howard, Emma Samms, Maxwell Caulfield, Tracy Scoggins, Claire Yarlett and, of course, John James . . .