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Les malins thus got le jump on "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings," which had announced a Wednesday night start from the City of Lights, where Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and French President Franc,ois Mitterrand are due to confer starting today . . .
Anchor Dan Rather was accompanied by executive producer Lane Venardos, two senior producers (one flown in from the West Coast bureau), two administrative assistants, one teleprompter operator and one operations manager . . .
Bob Schieffer will coanchor from New York through the rest of the week . . .
Le voyage is not without its critics among the ranks at CBS News, who just saw 125 jobs eliminated in a major budget-cutting exercise, particularly since the word is out that the "Evening News" crew will be boarding at the George V . . . CBS News executives debated making le voyage for several days after word of ABC's decision was out . . .
"NBC Nightly News," meanwhile, will report the Gorbachev-Mitterrand talks sans the presence of anchor Tom Brokaw in Paris . . .
The weekend telethon for earthquake-devasted Mexico attracted more than $5.2 million in pledges. Organizers say that total should increase as the tally of contributions from overseas viewers is completed . . .
The telethon featured satellite feeds from studios in seven major American cities as well as Puerto Rico, Chile, Peru and Argentina and was organized by KMEX in Los Angeles and other stations in the Spanish International Network . . .
The money will be sent to the Mexican Red Cross to set up clinics and buy medicine and food, according to a spokesman for the American Red Cross . . .
Captain Airwaves hears that the name of Tom Kirby is a name to be reckoned with in the future at Channel 9, especially if one works at Channel 9 . . .
He's currently a vice president and sort of super news director at WUSA, the Gannett Broadcasting Group station in St. Paul-Minneapolis . . . The Gannett Co. purchase of the Evening News Association, current owners of Nine, is supposed to be concluded shortly after the first of the year . . .
We hear that he's even now doing some very quiet recruiting of on-air people for Channel 9, if and when . . .
Captain Airwaves was a little distraught -- to the point of pulling the covers over his head -- Monday night listening to Dave Marash and Susan King on Channel 4 putting a very political spin on the story of the White House decision to offer Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret M. Heckler the post of ambassador to Ireland . . .
TV Column fans are just as surprised as Captain Airwaves to see Marcia Brazda still on the air as a "PM Magazine" coanchor after Airwaves had long ago reported she was leaving WTTG and that a Columbus, Ohio, personality had been hired to replace her . . .
Turns out Columbus, Ohio, personality finally turned the job down and WTTG is still looking. Meanwhile, Brazda has agreed to stay on until the replacement is found . . .
After just a couple of weeks on the air, Stuart Damon has been dropped from the syndicated "America" show cast, leaving Sarah Purcell and McLean Stevenson in charge . . .
We hear Stuart was released and that the show itself is not doing all that well around the country so far . . .
CBS News veteran Richard C. Hottelet, 68, has elected to take early retirement under special terms recently offered by CBS Inc. . . .
Hottelet joined CBS in 1944, one of the special crew recruited by Edward R. Murrow during the war years in London. Since 1960 he's been the network's U.N. correspondent . . .
Hottelet will become public affairs counselor for the United States Mission to the U.N. on his retirement at the end of this month . . . And Finally
There was a memorial service for former CBS and NBC sports executive Carl Lindemann in New York yesterday . . .
Mr. Lindemann died recently after a long bout with cancer . . .
Among those attending the services at the Unitarian Church of All Souls were Pete Rozelle, commissioner of the NFL; former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn; the presidents of all three network sports divisions; and a host of friends from the broadcasting and advertising industries . . .
During the service, two of his five children, Carl Jr. and Sarah, spoke briefly as did William A. Leonard, former CBS News president and a close friend (and fellow ham radio operator); Dick Auerbach of NBC; and Neal H. Pilson, president of CBS Sports . . .
As a sports executive at first NBC and then CBS, Mr. Lindemann was instrumental in introducing major league sports to national audiences. He began his career as an associate producer with the "Kate Smith Evening Hour" on NBC in 1952 . . .