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James Adams, coanchor of Channel 5's 10 o'clock news, is not expected back on the air for a few more nights . . .

Adams was slightly injured in an early Friday morning automobile accident in Alexandria when his car veered out of control and struck two traffic islands and a tree on Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria . . .

He was admitted to Alexandria Hospital with knee and head injuries . . .

Yesterday, WTTG news director Betty Endicott said she had talked to Adams and that one leg was "still bothering him and he'd had a stitch taken over one eyebrow but except that he kind of aches all over, he seems to be doing just fine" . . .

Endicott indicated Adams would remain in the hospital through yesterday but expects him to take it easy for a day or two before returning to the air . . .

The accident occurred at 4:30 a.m. Friday as Adams, 31, lost control of his station wagon at Commonwealth Avenue and East Cliff Street. According to police, one of the tires on Adams' car blew out as he struck a traffic island and the car swerved, striking another island and smashing into a tree . . .

A private memorial service for comedian Phil Silvers was held yesterday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles . . .

Mr. Silvers died in his sleep Friday at the age of 73. Invitations to the private services had been posted at the Friars Club, a show business gathering place in Beverly Hills that Silvers favored . . .

Milton Berle, who was to deliver the eulogy, said Mr. Silvers, best known for his television comedy role as the conniving Master Sgt. Ernie Bilko, "was not only one of the nicest men I met, but the most talented. I think it's a big loss to his public and to our audience." Berle had been close friends with Mr. Silvers for more than 60 years . . .

"He lived his life as Bilko," according to Freddie Fields, Mr. Silvers' agent and manager for over 30 years. "That gregarious, blustery, crazy guy . That's where it came from" . . .

Bob Hope recalled that he used to invite Silvers to appear on his television show. "Then he got Bilko and he went against us on television and beat us. And I sent him a telegram that said he will never play my house again" . . .

"The Phil Silvers Show," on which he played Bilko, won three Emmys in 1955 as Mr. Silvers was named best comedian and best actor in a continuing performance and the show won best comedy. The show won a 1957 Emmy for best comedy . . .

The series ran on CBS from September 1955 through September 1959 . . .

Technical Sgt. Steve Ward, a singer with the U.S. Air Force rock band, Mach 1, gets a tryout on the syndicated "Star Search" talent show, which airs on WTTG, the night of Dec. 14 . . .

ABC News' "Nightline" looks at the Philadelphia probe into the MOVE tragedy tonight. Mayor W. Wilson Goode will be a guest . . .

"Today" show coanchor Jane Pauley has come to the defense of Phyllis George, her former rival on "CBS Morning News" . . .

In a speech before the 10th annual Indiana Writers Association Conference in Indianapolis on Saturday, Pauley said George was "sabotaged by the ineptitude of CBS. CBS did nothing to make it work for her" . . .

George left CBS in September after being brought aboard the morning network show with great fanfare in January. Her eight-month tenure was marked by TV writers' criticism of her performance and behind-the-scenes sniping at the network . . . Also in the News

CBS confirms that is has a deal in the works with Canal Plus, the French pay-TV c hannel, to satellite a nightly feed of "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" to France, perhaps as early as January . . .

To the vast relief of the "CBS Evening News" staff, the broadcasts would probably be in English since English is now a "second language" in western Europe, anyway . . .

Plans call for the nightly feed from New York to air at 1 a.m. Paris time and again the next morning at 7. The signal for Canal Plus is scrambled for an audience of about 600,000 at those hours but in the works are plans to air it at times when the channel is clear and available to as many as 18 million viewers . . .

There will be advertising at the beginning and end of the 22-minute broadcasts but the French channel apparently will add local anchors for news from around France each night . . .

CBS hopes to expand the news programming to at least an hour of morning news on the French channel. The American network also hopes to develop a Saturday children's show, sports programming and even music videos, using the talent of Columbia Records International for the French audience and eventually other audiences around western Europe . . .

James Rosenfield, senior executive vice president of CBS Broadcast Group, along with Van Gordon Sauter, executive vice president for news and owned-and-operated stations for the Group, Ed Joyce, president of CBS News, and John Eger, head of CBS Broadcast International -- he's charged with working out the details -- recently returned from Paris where they held talks with French broadcasters . . .

CBS already has a working deal with the People's Republic of China . . .

And c'est la vie, November 4, 1985 . . . Meanwhile

Katharine Hepburn and Harold Gould are filming a CBS movie in Vancouver, called "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry," billed by the network as a "December-December romance" . . . No air date has been set by the network . . .

Paul Anthony is the anchor for "Newsfront," a weekly half-hour religious news program that debuts today at 2 p.m. on Channel 26 . . .

The program offers "hard religious news" about all major denominations around the world. It is produced by the broadcast news arm of the National Catholic News Service . . .

"Newsfront" had a run on cable TV for about a year and a half. In September, it began airing on some 42 PBS stations, including Channel 53 in Arlington, where it will continue to air at 9:30 p.m. Sundays . . .

The program is funded by a consortium of nondenominational underwriters . . .

Channel 5 has named Susan O'Malley to be publicity director. She replaces Kelly Williams, who has taken a similar job with Channel 4, starting today . . .

O'Malley has been promotion director at WTOP/WTKS radio the past two years . . .

And at ABC News, Laura Wessner has been named press representative for "Nightline" in New York . . . She's been press representative for the "ABC Closeup" series and special events . . . And Finally

Central Independent Television, which serves about 9 million viewers in the British midlands, left 15 minutes out of the final episode of "Hollywood Wives" one night last week and only two dozen viewers called the network to complain . . .

The missing scenes included the funeral of Anthony Hopkins, who played the awful Hollywood director central to the plot of the five-hour Jackie Collins novel-turned-mini-series . . .