Henry Tenenbaum, a familiar and likable performer on local TV since 1974, is leaving Channel 4 to join Post-Newsweek Stations ...

He will write, produce and host twice-weekly movie and theater reviews for the Post-Newsweek stations in Hartford, Conn., Miami, Detroit and Jacksonville, Fla. The broadcast group also expects to syndicate the feature around the country ...

Tenenbaum first came to town in 1974 to work at Channel 9, which was then owned by Post-Newsweek. This week's move, in fact, reunites him with P-N vice president Jim Snyder, who, as news director at Nine, hired Tenenbaum from WKBW in Buffalo ...

For a time, starting in 1979, he hosted "PM Magazine" on Nine ...

Tenebaum then moved to NBC News here and was a frequent contributor to the "Today Show." In 1982, he joined WRC, where, most recently, he has reported on health and science ...

A four-time Emmy Award winner in this market, Tenenbaum earlier this year won an Ohio State award for a report on AIDS ...

And while we're in the neighborhood, we've wanted to mention for days the news that Channel 4 is readying a new set for its news programs, which should be dazzling viewers by mid-September ...

And who knows? By mid-September, there may even be a new anchor team sitting on the new Live at Five set (we keep hearing weekend anchor Susan Kidd is a contender for one of the spots) ...

Also in the News

Donna Rice seems to be feuding with ABC over the network's announcement this week that a planned TV movie on her life will disclose whether she slept with Gary Hart ...

In an interview on yesterday's "Entertainment Tonight," Rice insisted she would make no deals with ABC or anyone else that would reveal whether she was intimate with the former presidential contender ...

"This is a perfect example of the media's desire to sensationalize everything I do," she said. "This will not be a 'kiss and tell' movie ... My story would explore the press, right to privacy, double standard and the political process" ...

Rice's manager Tricia Erickson Tuesday took issue with remarks made by ABC executive Ted Harbert when he announced the project on Monday. Erickson insisted that her client would not "get tacky" by selling lurid aspects of her story to television ...

Harbert said yesterday that "negotiations are proceeding as planned and we expect to go forward with the project as announced {Monday}" ...

In that announcement, Harbert told TV writers in Redondo Beach, Calif., "Yes, {Rice} will reveal what she did with Hart" ...

Executives at New World Television, the production company handling the Rice movie for ABC, had no comment yesterday ...

ABC's delayed telecast of the opening ceremonies of the seventh international Summer Special Olympics Monday night earned a 9.3 national Nielsen rating and a 17 percent audience share from 9 to 11 p.m. ...

The ceremonies, taped Sunday at Notre Dame stadium in South Bend, Ind., finished third behind two hours of series reruns on CBS, which averaged a 12.4/22, and Pia Zadora in "The Lonely Lady" on NBC, which did an 11.1/20 (each rating point represents 874,000 TV homes)...

Locally, the Special Olympics did a 9.2/17 on Channel 7 to finish second in the time period behind the CBS lineup on Channel 9 (poor old Pia managed only a 5.5/10 on Four). But the local Arbitron figures put the Special Olympics first for the 9 to 11 p.m. time period that night (a local ratings point represents 15,800 homes)...

A spokesman for the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians said yesterday that after a 3 1/2-hour conference call among NABET officials in six cities yesterday, the union leadership voted "not to return the final {NBC} offer for a membership vote" ...

Powerful NABET locals in both Los Angeles and Chicago had voted to ask union leadership for a chance to vote on the network's last contract offer, which the union has never submitted to the 2,800 members who have been out on strike against NBC for six weeks ...

NABET spokesman John Krieger said yesterday the union negotiating committee will meet in Los Angeles next week for what he termed "a strategy meeting" ...

Local Ratingzzzz

The early Arbitron ratings figures for the Washington market are in for the July sweeps, which probably explains that wild dancing on the sidewalks outside Channel 5 yesterday, despite the heat scorching Wisconsin Avenue NW ...

July, when audience levels are considerably lower, is the least noticed of the four months set aside each year by the two main ratings services for sweeps ...

During the four sweeps -- which are also conducted in November, February and May -- Arbitron and Nielsen survey each of the 200-plus TV markets around the country in depth to provide audience information that will help local stations determine ad rates for the upcoming quarter and beyond ...

What got Fox Broadcasting-owned WTTG all excited yesterday was word that probably for the first time in Washington TV history, it led the three established network affiliates here from sign-on to sign-off, which is now considered to be 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. ...

Moreover, on a Monday-Sunday basis, its 10 o'clock news outdrew the three big boys' 11 p.m. newscasts ...

And its limited lineup of Fox primetime programming on Saturdays and Sundays made strong showings both nights ...

(Nielsen figures, expected today, will undoubtedly show some differences, since Channel 9 in particular fares much better in Nielsen's viewing sample) ...

Nevertheless and notwithstanding, in Arbitron, Channel 5 led in sign-on to sign-off between July 8 and Aug. 4 with a 5.9 ARB rating and a 20 percent audience share (If we had to make a guess, Five's overall figures may have improved throughout July because one or more of the three network affiliates devoted full daytime to the Iran-contra hearings) ...

Channel 9 (CBS) was second at 5.5/18, followed by Channel 7 (ABC) with 5.4/18, Channel 4 (NBC) with 4.6/15, independent Channel 20 at 1.6/6 and Channel 26 (PBS) with 0.8/3 (lest we forget, each point represents 15,800 homes) ...

In the late news, Mondays through Sundays, Five at 10 p.m. averaged a 9.3/19, followed by Seven at 8.2/20, with Nine and Four tied at 8.0/20 ...

On Saturday nights, from 8 to 10 p.m. anyway, Four led with 11.2/24, followed by Five with 9.8/21, Seven at 4.5/10 and Nine (stuck with a long rerun of "Space") at 4.1/9 ...

On Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m., Nine finished with a strong 14.6/28, but the Fox lineup on Five was second with a distant 9.0/17, followed by Seven at 7.9/15 and Four at 7.3/14 ...

Five also finished tops in the Arbitron book locally between 5 and 7 p.m. against local news programs. We'll give you details of that tomorrow when the comparative Nielsen figures are available ...

But we can reveal that in ARB, "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" on Seven at 6:30, with an 8.4/20, outdistances both "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" on Nine (8.0/18) and "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" on Four (6.1/14) at 7 p.m. ...

And Finally

Channel 26 wants all TV Column fans to know that six WETA-produced programs are up for national Emmy Awards in September ...

That includes five in the news and documentary Emmys nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

"Potomac: American Reflections"; a "Smithsonian World" program on "The Wyeths: A Father and His Family"; and three "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" segments on Alzheimer's disease, the shuttle Challenger and "Mexico: Our Troubled Neighbor" ...

The Wyeth "Smithsonian World" entry also was nominated in the outstanding informational series category for a primetime Emmy award by members of the West Coast Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ...