Busy Bernie Smilovitz, who has become one of the top sportscasters in town during the six years he's been at Channel 5, is being courted by stations in Chicago and Detroit -- both very hot sports centers . . .
Smilovitz's current contract with Five runs through the year, but there are "windows" in his pact that permit him to leave, although WTTG News Director Betty Endicott yesterday said the station will do "everything we can to keep Bernie" . . .
Smilovitz and the Five sports department took eight local Emmys a year ago, and aside from his autumnal "Redskin Playbook" show and his current "Sports Extra" Sunday night show on Five, he also does commentary on the Big East basketball network and for WASH radio . . .
Incidentally, the takeover of WTTG and the other five Metromedia stations by Rupert Murdoch's Fox Television apparently will now happen sometime between March 6 and the 16th . . .
At first, viewers will probably notice the change only when the Fox logo -- which was recently sent back to the Logo Shop for a touch-up -- goes on the air . . .
A spokesman for the network denied it yesterday but strong rumors circulating in New York have the new Capital Cities management at ABC insisting that when David Hartman, the powerful host of the not quite as powerful as it used to be "Good Morning America," signs a new contract at the end of the year . . . he'll have to give up the unusual degree of control he has over the content and personnel of the morning show . . .
Meanwhile, apparently taking a small leaf from the "Today" travel book, the whole "GMA" crew will be in Quebec City on Friday to report on the big winter carnival there . . .
On the 21st, "GMA" will devote its whole two hours to the 150th anniversary of statehood for Texas . . . from the New York studio . . .
Closer to home, Glenn Dyer has been named program manager of Channel 20, the Taft Broadcasting station here . . .
He replaces Stephanie Campbell, who took a similar job with Taft's WCIX in Miami last fall . . .
Dyer was formerly at KTXA in Dallas, the Gulf Broadcasting station recently purchased by Taft, which was once owned by Milt Grant -- are you sitting down for this? -- who once owned Channel 20 here . . .
Also in the NewsThis sw,-2 sk,2 ld,10 note from the bulging I'm Beginning to Think We're All in the Wrong Business, TV Column Fans file: The L.A. Times reports that Gary Goldberg, executive producer of NBC's "Family Ties," stands to make as much as $40 million when the series goes into syndication . . .
NBC News President Lawrence K. Grossman, fresh from a week's seminar in Davos, Switzerland, on the subject of terrorism, said yesterday in New York that, contrary to our opinion that "Meet the Press" is tired and could eventually be swallowed by a Sunday edition of the "Today" show . . . " 'Meet the Press' is an Institution that will come down only when NBC itself comes down" . . .
Grossman also said that the Sunday morning public-affairs entry has shown vast improvement of late "in terms of aggressiveness and obtaining headline-making guests" . . .
So why is Captain Airwaves still yawning? . . .
Grossman, incidentally, will be in Washington tomorrow night for a private dinner at the Hay-Adams honoring Bill Monroe, who retired last week after 25 distinguished years with the NBC News bureau here . . .
Among the 20 or so longtime colleagues attending will be Lawrence E. Spivak, who created "Meet the Press" in 1947 and who handed the "MTP" baton to Monroe in 1975 . . .
"The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather," despite Dan's absence from Manila on Election Night, finished first last week in the network news race with a 14.1 Nielsen rating and a 24 share, compared with a 12.4/21 for "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw in Manila" and a 12.3/21 for "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings in Manila" . . .
Meredith White, who was once associate editor of Smithsonian magazine here, has been named to the new post of senior editor at ABC News' "20/20" . . . starting Feb. 18 . . .
Most recently, White was senior editor and back-of-the-book editor at Newsweek and formerly worked as executive editor for California magazine and as managing editor of American Film . . .
Av Westin, executive producer of "20/20," chose White to capitalize on her considerable print experience in a reorganization at the top of the show. White, who replaces a departed senior producer, and senior producer Victor Neufeld will report directly to Westin . . .
Earlier this year, London staff correspondent John Laurence and "World News Tonight" correspondent Lynn Sherr were named to three-month tryouts on the show as possible replacements for Geraldo Rivera and Sylvia Chase, who have left the magazine show. Both Laurence and Sherr have the option to turn their assignments down after three months . . .
Jo Ann Emmerich, a graduate of Catholic University, has been named vice president, daytime programs, ABC Entertainment . . .
She was formerly vice president daytime programs, East, and replaces Jacqueline Smith, who, according to the network, recently "relinquished her responsibilities and will serve as general programs consultant through March, 1987" with the network . . .
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CBS parlayed a mix of high-rated special attractions and solid series fare for an easy win in the 20th week of the 1985-86 season with an 18.3 Nielsen rating and a 28 percent audience share . . .
Season leader NBC was second at 17.7/27, and ABC trailed, as usual, with a 14.5/22 . . .
CBS won Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday nights for the week ending Feb. 9, leaving Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday to NBC . . .
CBS has now won five weeks, NBC 13 and ABC two . . .
The weekly win also kept CBS within whispering distance of NBC in the February ratings sweepstakes . . .
Moving carefully down the icy paths outside the Primetime Pantheon last week, we noticed that Part II of NBC's "Peter the Great" tied for 22nd, Part III was 29th, and Part IV was 25th . . .
Meanwhile,NBC's "Under Siege" tied for 26th, just ahead of ABC's Sunday competition, Part I of "Harem," in 28th place . . .
ABC's movie "The Gladiator" tied for 31st, while CBS' "Blade Runner" was 47th . . .
Among the new (or newer) series, ABC's Disney Movie was 33rd, its "MacGyver" was 36th, and its "Colbys" was 37th . . .
CBS' "Twilight Zone" tied for 39th, a rerun of "The Equalizer" was 48th, and a rerun of its "Mary" was 50th . . .
NBC's "Misfits of Science" was 51st, CBS' "Foley Square" 52nd, ABC's "Spenser: For Hire" 53rd, its "The Redd Foxx Show" 55th, and its "He's the Mayor" 57th . . .