On April 9, the Public Broadcasting Service will distribute a 2 1/2-hour film called "Flashpoint: Israel and the Palestinians," produced by KQED in San Francisco . . .
Although public TV stations in many markets will carry it -- including Channel 32 here -- both Channel 26 here and Channel 13 in New York will not . . .
The program is made up of two Israeli films and one Palestinian . . . and includes commentary from representatives of both sides . . .
Explaining WETA's decision not to carry the film, Executive Vice President Gerald Slater said yesterday, "We don't think that the three films acquired by KQED are very good. Here at WETA, we're looking for other films on the subject, which we would like to put on the air in the future . . .
"One of the films is at least four or five years old," Slater said, and "does not really speak to the current circumstances" . . .
Lois Bianchi, director of programming for WNET in New York, said yesterday that "my feeling and the feeling of a group of people at the station was that if we are going to do 2 1/2 hours on this important subject one evening we feel it should be a definitive examination of the issues . . .
"We don't think these programs do it. They're very unbalanced, full of misconceptions. One of the Israeli films, in fact, was actually made before the Camp David accords (in September 1978)" . . .
A spokesman for PBS yesterday said that although an actual count of how many of the system's 300 stations will carry "Flashpoint" is difficult to determine this early, stations in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami are definitely carrying it . . .
Locally, the Maryland Public Television system is also passing on "Flashpoint" . . .
Channel 32 plans to carry the program April 9, starting at 8 p.m. . . .
On another political front, Channel 7 here has turned down a 30-second commercial offered by the anticontra organizations Witness for Peace and Americans for Peace in the Americas . . .
A spokesman for the station yesterday said the groups had not offered documentation for allegations made in the spot. . .
A spokesman for the anticontra groups said the ad claimed 118 documented cases of atrocities committed by the contras against Nicaraguans . . .
A pro-contra ad sponsored by the National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty is being aired on Seven. Jane Cohen of WJLA said yesterday that group had documented its claims to the station's satisfaction . . .
Seven is perhaps the only station in the area that will air issue-oriented advertising -- subject to its verification procedures, of course . . .
More politics: ABC's "20/20" tonight will devote some 27 minutes of the hour-long program to the Marcos family fortune and allegations of graft in its acquisition . . .
Eleven ABC News bureaus as well as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (owned by Capital Cities) contributed to the report . . .
In Other News
Channel 7 has received a lot of calls the past couple of days from angry "Sale of the Century" game show fans . . .
They complained that last Friday's edition of the program included a contestant who, on Monday, was scheduled to go for a $50,000 cash prize . . .
But Monday at 4:30, the contestant wasn't there . . .
Seven checked Genesis Telepictures, which syndicates "Sale of a Century," and learned that Genesis had started reruns on Monday without telling anybody . . .
As for contestant Lisa Munoz, who was going for the $50,000 last Friday, she apparently will show up again sometime in May, Genesis promised Seven . . .
CBS' "Tough Cookies" dropped its laugh track last night. Main reason: "Fast Times," which airs just before "Tough" at 8 p.m., debuted without a laugh track and the comparison seemed odious to the "Cookie" makers (i.e., its producers) . . .
Airwaves, a resolute foe of laugh tracks (see his "When Civilisation Failed," St. Elmo's Press, 1978), applauds both programs and CBS for their efforts . . .
Which reminds us -- we were unable to give a full rundown of last week's primetime ratings results yesterday . . .
As a result, we didn't tell you that "Fast Times" finished 49th out of 69 shows rated in its premiere . . . while "Tough Cookies" finished 55th . . .
Also last week, Part I of "Dress Gray" on NBC was 24th, ABC's "The Colbys" was 27th, ABC's "Children of Times Square" was 48th and CBS' "A Deadly Business" was 50th . . .
DOA of the Week: CBS' "Trapper John, MD," sentenced to Tuesday and no longer enjoying those Sunday night lead-in audiences provided by "60 Minutes" and "Murder, She Wrote," finished 69th and last for the week ending March 9 . . .
President Reagan's decision to speak to the nation on contra aid Sunday night from 8 to 8:30 -- as well as the Democratic response immediately thereafter -- threw a slight wrench into CBS' plans to launch "If Tomorrow Comes," its new seven-hour mini-series. . .
Instead of the scheduled 8 p.m. start for the three-hour premiere, "If" will begin at 8:30 p.m., or immediately after the Democratic response . . .
In its revised schedule, ABC will air a one-hour Disney movie, "Winnie the Pooh and Friends" just prior to the president's address, followed by "Jaws II" . . .
NBC will air "Amazing Stories" and "Silver Spoons" from 7 to 8. The "Family Ties Vacation" movie will follow the president and the response, with "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" at 10:30 . . .
We'll Be Right Back
After telling you that the Public Broadcasting Service moves to its new headquarters in Alexandria over the weekend . . .
PBS' 250 employes will be the first tenants of a new office complex called Braddock Place, a $60 million commercial development next to the Braddock Road subway station . . .
PBS has been operating out of several temporary facilities in the area since an October 1984 fire damaged its offices in the U.S. Postal Service headquarters in L'Enfant Plaza . . . About 140 PBS employes were eventually able to return to those headquarters . . .
PBS has signed a 10-year lease for the new digs, with two five-year options.
As of Monday, the new address will be 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Va. 22314-1698 . . . and the new telephone number will be (703) 739-5000. That's (703) 739-5000 . . .
"Stingray," Steve ("The A-Team") Cannell's latest contribution to Western Culture, finished third in its time slot Tuesday night for its debut, behind the People's Choice Awards on CBS and (chuckle chuckle) "Spenser: For Hire" on ABC . . .
The national Nielsen count gave "Stingray" a 13.6 rating and a 23 percent audience share. The awards on CBS averaged a 17.4/28 during its two hours while "Spenser" did a 13.9/24 at 10 p.m. against "Stingray" . . .
Jim Rutledge, who has been assistant bureau chief in Washington for Cable News Network, takes over next week as CNN Rome bureau chief . . .
He replaces Richard Roth, who returns to the New York bureau . . .
Peggy Soucy, who has been assignment manager, will replace Rutledge and Terry Friedan will be the new assignment manager . . .
Rutledge's wife, Kathleen Drew, who has been an associate producer here with CBS' "Nightwatch," plans to be a free-lance producer in Rome . . .
Services were held Monday in New York for Ned Calmer, another of Edward R. Murrow's original CBS gang in London during World War II . . .
Mr. Calmer died after a long illness this past weekend. He was 78 . . .
He joined CBS in London in 1940, and flew on bombing missions over Germany. In 1967, he retired from the network to write books, 11 of them in all . . .
Mr. Calmer is survived by his wife Gloria and two children from a previous marriage. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date . . .