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Hey, Good Music Fans! The Channel 26 board this week approved an expenditure of about $200,000 that will enable the public broadcasting station to start stereophonic broadcasting shortly after the first of the year . . .
A fiscal 1988 appropriation of $214 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education 1986 appropriation bill passed Tuesday by the Senate . . .
A similar bill passed earlier by the House contained the same amount for CPB. The bill now goes to conference . . .
CPB is forward funded, as they say on the Hill, by two years, under provisions of a bill passed during the Carter administration. The 1988 figures would be $14 million over the previous year's funding . . .
CBS and NBC have agreed to broadcast a public service announcement about preventing unintended pregnancies, but only after a reference to contraceptives was deleted . . .
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), sponsors of the spot, announced the agreements yesterday . . .
CBS and ABC had refused earlier this year to broadcast the original version, prompting the National Organization for Women to ask the Federal Communications Commission last month to determine whether the networks were violating their obligations to the public. NBC was omitted from the filing because it had the spot under consideration at the time . . .
Yesterday, NOW spokesman Kathy Bonk said that after talks with ABC, "the signs are encouraging that there's some sign of movement" . . .
Cable News Network carried the original spot . . . which has also been carried on some 150 stations around the country . . .
The announcement, aimed at teen-agers, featured a schoolgirl saying she intends to be president, a woman saying she plans to return to school, and a pregnant woman saying, "I intended to have a family, but not this soon" . . .
An announcer then added: "Nothing changes any intentions faster than an unintended pregnancy. Unintended pregnancies have risks, greater risks than any of today's contraceptives." He then gave a toll-free phone number for ordering a booklet about preventing unintended pregnancies . . .
In the revised spot, approved by CBS and NBC, the sentence referring to contraceptives is replaced by "there are many ways to prevent unintended pregnancies" . . .
CBS rejected the original in July, saying at the time that "the proposed message presents an issue that is regarded as controversial and as such is not in compliance with our policy of acceptable subjects, addressed in public service announcements" . . .
In August, ABC notified ACOG that "a public service announcement of this nature, if accepted, should not encourage the use of a particular device or take an advocacy position but rather provide basic information" . . .
Yesterday CBS spokesman George Schweitzer said his network is "pleased with the accommodation that has been made, and we're most happy to run the spot -- we think the spot provides very important health information" . . .
Coincidentally yesterday, CBS/Broadcast Group announced a new TV and radio health information public service campaign that will "focus on subjects such as pregnancy, physical fitness, AIDS, mental illness, drug abuse and nutrition among others" . . . which will be launched later this fall . . .
ACOG -- with its revised pregnancy spot -- is listed as one of the various organizations contributing to the CBS information program, along with the American Cancer Society and the President's Council on Physical Fitness . . . %&Also in the News
CBS News has revealed that Senior Vice President of Administration Robert Chandler and Vice President and Deputy Director of News Coverage Ernie Leiser are taking early retirement under terms of CBS Inc.'s recent retirement offer . . .
Chandler has had a number of important posts at CBS News, which he joined in 1963, and is credited with a role in the development of "60 Minutes" . . .
Thirty-two-year CBS veteran Leiser was responsible for the expansion of the "Evening News" to a half-hour and in 1962 created the Election Unit at CBS . . .
PBS says that a historic six-part series covering the U.S. civil rights movement during the years 1954-65, "The Eyes on the Prize," will air in the 1986-87 season . . .
The first full-scale TV history of the movement is being produced by Blackside Inc., a 17-year-old, minority-owned company based in Boston . . .
Henry Hampton, executive producer of the series, says that "this is not intended as a series about the black civil rights movement, but about a period of American history, of which the civil rights movement was key" . . .
Producers hope to obtain considerable film footage from the networks and, in addition, plan interviews with more than 100 participants on all sides of the civil rights struggle . . .
PBS, which advanced nearly $400,000 from its program fund and other sources, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public TV stations have provided the bulk of the $1.4 million available for the six hour-long episodes . . .
Channel 5 announced its schedule of 10 regular season games and the Big East Tournament for Georgetown's hoop squad yesterday. First game on the air: Nov. 12, when the Hoyas play an exhibition with the National Team of Puerto Rico . . .
And here's a frightening thought: Channel 20 reveals that Gore DeVol, its Saturday night horror film host, will appear on NBC's "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" this coming Monday night . . . Along the Ratings Rialto
Tuesday night's World Series Game 3 between Kansas City and St. Louis achieved the best Series ratings yet in Nielsen's top 10 markets, averaging a 21.2/33, including a 19.9/30 on Channel 7 here . . .
The Monday night football game on ABC, featuring what may be the latest version of America's Team, the Chicago Bears, against the Green Bay Packers, had a national Nielsen rating of 21.0 and a 35 percent audience share . . .
That's the best that Monday Night Football has done so far this year and boosts the show's overall ratings to 21 percent higher than last year at the same time . . .
In national ratings Monday night, "American Almanac" on NBC averaged a 10.8/16, off its September performance of 12.0/22 . . .
"CBS Evening News" won the weekly network race again last week with a 12.7 rating and a 24 share, followed by "NBC Nightly News" with a 10.4/24, edging out "ABC World News Tonight" at 10.3/19 . . .