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We hear Rita Flynn, who has been at the ABC News bureau here since June 1983, has been talking to NBC News about a job in their Los Angeles bureau . . .
Most recently, Flynn has been with the weekend news and before that was assigned to the White House . . .
Meanwhile, Karen Stone, who has been with the Chicago bureau of CBS News, will join the ABC News bureau here Oct. 1 as a general assignment reporter . . .
And at the CBS News bureau here, they're awaiting the arrival of Chris Kelley and Betty Ann Bowser from the network's Northeast bureau . . .
Bowser and Kelley are married with two children . . .
Both will be general assignment correspondents. Chris will work with David Martin on the Pentagon beat . . .
Meanwhile, would we be telling stories out of school if we suggested NBC News is wooing two prominent correspondents from the CBS News Washington bureau? . . .
"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" will air what it's calling exclusive footage out of Afghanistan tonight, shot in the southwest area near Kandahar in July as 700 Soviet tanks and personnel carriers attacked insurgent troops. It was filmed by a free-lance crew . . .
Channel 32 is being unduly modest about the achievement, but the Howard University station's August fund-raising effort, confined to just two weekends -- as both WETA and the Maryland Public Television system held their own alms races -- still managed to net $32,000 on just four nights of broadcasting . . .
In other news from Channel 32, general manager Arnold D. Wallace is beefing up the station's sales and production staffs, announcing the appointment of Sarah Edwards Holley, Stanley Reid and Diane K. Whitt as the "core team" for the department of research and development . . .
Holley comes from WDVM, where she was an account executive . . .
Reid has been an account executive at WCCB in Charlotte, N.C., KPLR in St. Louis and WTOP-AM radio here . . .
Whitt has been in public TV development for nine years, most recently at WETA here . . .
Wallace also announced that Curt Simmons has joined the production staff from the Georgia Sports Network. He previously worked at Warner Amexcable and with WQED in Pittsburgh . . .
And Lydia Jones, who was on-air promotion manager at Channel 7, has been named to head up Channel 32's creative services and art departments . . . Also in the News
NBC has finally found a way to catch up with CBS in the prime-time ratings after 25 straight years of eating dust. Eschewing the Nielsen method of counting 30 weeks from September through mid-April, NBC just kept counting . . .
And sure enough, last Thursday, 347 nights after the 1984-85 season began back on Sept. 24, 1984, NBC and CBS were finally tied in the prime-time race with 15.1 Nielsen ratings and 25 percent audience shares. ABC, which has been known to use the same counting system, like during an otherwise poor Summer Olympics year, trails with a 13.7/23 after all that time . . .
CBS Sports yesterday said as near as they can figure out, the reason Channel 9 got the San Francisco-Minnesota NFL game Sunday instead of the scheduled Giants-Eagles game, was some kind of foul-up in assignment of the long lines that carry the games to this area . . .
"A call to Studio 42," where all the production biggies -- like NFL broadcasts executive producer Terry O'Neil -- gather on an NFL Sunday at CBS Sports, "probably would have got it straightened out," a CBS Sports spokesman said yesterday (Airwaves thought the 49ers game was a lot more fun than that Giants game, anyway) . . .
NBC announced yesterday that "The Human Animal," a five-hour mini-series hosted by Phil Donahue "asking the important question of why we behave the way we do," will air sometime during the upcoming season. No air times have been set . . .
"CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" will broadcast from Washington tonight (since Dan's attending the White House dinner for the Danish prime minister) and from WTVF in Nashville tomorrow night, since Dan will be speaking before the annual convention of the Radio Television News Directors Association . . .
The Senate Commerce Committee will hold hearings today on the effects of negative advertising on political campaigns and the political process. Starts at 9:30 a.m. in room SR 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building . . .
Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) sponsor of the Clean Campaign Act of 1985, will preside . . . Also in the News
Keep an eye on the Thursday morning meeting of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board of directors . . .
Insurgents, led by California radio syndicator -- and Reagan appointee -- Harry O'Connor and former CPB chairman Sharon Rockefeller, will attempt to vote out current CPB chairman Sonia Landau in favor of the Playa del Rey broadcaster . . .
On the same slate, Lloyd Kaiser of Pittsburgh, an independent, will seek the vice chairmanship currently held by Ken Towery of Austin, Tex. . . .
As the votes currently stack up, the results will probably be a 5-to-5 tie, keeping Landau in office. Even if the move fails, it probably signals further attempts in the future . . .
Others due to join the vote to oust Landau, herself a Reagan appointee and head of the Reagan-Bush women's campaign, include Lillie Herndon, a 10-year board member first appointed by President Ford and Howard White, general counsel of ITT in New York . . .
On Landau's side will be Towery, Lee Hanley of Greenwich, Conn., Rick Brookheiser from New York and Howard Gutin, the public TV representative on the board, from San Antonio . . .
The main issue is what the opponents contend is a growing politicization of CPB under Landau, the most public example of which took place last spring in San Francisco. During a board meeting there she hammered through a motion that killed plans for minimum CPB financing of a trip to the U.S.S.R. by public broadcasters this fall to discuss the sale and purchase of broadcasts with the Soviets . . .
In the ensuing brouhaha, CPB president Ed Pfister and the general counsel resigned. Both posts remain unfilled. CPB insurgents also insist that Landau is "cleaning house" of real or suspected opponents of her plans and supports White House efforts to reduce federal appropriations for CPB, which funnels money to public TV and radio . . .
Conus Washington Direct, the new satellite news service launched yestrerday by Hubbard Broadcasting here, has signed Rebecca Sobel to deputy bureau manager . . .
She has been general manager of NBC's affiliate news services in New York . . . And Finally
Memorial services will be held this afternoon for Charles Lea Shepp, 62, a 31-year veteran of CBS News here . . .
A videotape editor at the bureau here, Mr. Shepp died Friday of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife Anne, three children and two grandchildren . . .
Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane in Alexandria.