Channel 5 announced yesterday it has signed Ron Gardner to be weekend anchor ...

Gardner, who will also be a reporter during the week, comes from KOCO in Oklahoma City. The permanent weekend job has been open ever since Maury Povich defected from the weeknight news to New York a year ago, moving Morris Jones from weekend anchor to Povich's slot on the 10 o'clock news. Since then the weekend job has been rotated ...

Also at Five, Sandra Pastoor, vice president and program director, has resigned effective next Friday to start her own marketing and advertising firm in the Washington area, specializing in high-tech industries such as computers and satellites ...

She's been with Metromedia/Fox for nearly 16 years and has run Five's programming for the last seven after coming from WXIX in Cincinnati ...

"I've been doing programming for a very long time and now I have an opportunity to make a lot of money," Pastoor said yesterday. She denied rumors that since Fox took over, many key programming decisions -- such as Five's recent big bucks purchase of "The Cosby Show" reruns -- have come out of Fox's West Coast headquarters, cutting down on her program duties here and influencing her decision to leave ...

Former New York Times columnist Bill Geist debuts on CBS' "Sunday Morning" this weekend with an essay on senior citizens who play tennis as it was played in the "grand old days," wearing tennis whites and -- try to remember -- speaking with civil tongues and throwing no tantrums ...

Channel 20 has acquired rights to "Return to the Titanic," the live two-hour special from Monte Carlo on Wednesday, Oct. 28, during which a safe recently recovered from the sunken ocean liner by a French team is due to be opened, to the considerable dismay of some of the Titanic victims' survivors ...

Telly ("Who loves ya, baby?") Savalas hosts the program, which starts at 8 p.m. ...

Channel Four says that it'll unveil not only its new anchor teams on Monday (Susan Kidd and Joel Spivak at 5, Jim Vance and Dave Marash at 6), but will show off a new set and air new openings for the evening news programs ...

WRC is also changing the titles of its 6 and 11 p.m. news, from (I think you'd better be sitting down for this) "Channel 4 News at Six" to "News Four at Six" and "Channel 4 News at 11" to "News Four at 11." "Live at Five" remains "Live at Five," thank goodness! ...

One more News Four item: the defection of Tod Mesirow to "Entertainment Tonight," where he's a producer. Tod had two jobs at WRC, so now Toni Canolotti has replaced him as producer of "Headlines on Trial" and Joel Loy has replaced him as producer of the Arch Campbell show ...

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Former Reagan White House chief of staff Donald Regan has signed a one-year contract with NBC News to appear each Tuesday on "Before Hours," the very early morning (6:15 on WRC here) business program produced by NBC in cooperation with The Wall Street Journal ...

Regan, former CEO for Merrill Lynch and also former treasury secretary in the Reagan administration, will make his debut Tuesday a.m. In his weekly segment, to be called "Final Analysis," he will be free to discuss whatever political, business or economic issue he chooses. Rebuttals, if called for, will air the next day on the show. Bob Jamieson is host of the NBC show ...

NBC News vice president Tim Russert said the network had discussed the possibility of a broadcast role for Regan earlier this year but that the latter decided to wait until after his testimony in the Iran-contra hearings before making a decision ...

Russert liked Regan's performance at the hearings. "He came across as a likable curmudgeon who you knew was giving the same blunt advice he'd give to the president," the NBC News executive said ...

Norman Brokaw of the William Morris agency acted as Regan's agent in the deal with NBC News. The former Wall Street executive reportedly will receive a fairly lightweight $1,000 a week for his Tuesday appearances, but hold the CARE packages: Brokaw also has him out delivering two lectures a month at $25,000 per, even as he completes work on a book ...

Regan, with homes in Florida and Washington, will either pre-tape the programs here or tape them live the day of the broadcast at 5 a.m. from Florida or from wherever he may be traveling ...

Russert emphasized that the contract permits Regan to appear on other programs, such as ABC's "This Week With David Brinkley," when and if ...

Redskin Roundup Channel 50 has joined five other local stations in presenting a show on the Washington NFL entry every week. WFTY will launch "Redskins After Hours" at 11 p.m. Saturdays, starting tomorrow night ...

It will feature former 'Skins Pete Wysocki and George Starke as hosts, as well as guest journalists and 'Skins, and will be taped weekly before a live audience at Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar in Falls Church ...

Channel 20 tomorrow night at 10 returns with "Redskins Saturday Night," hosted by Jim Simpson of ESPN and former 'Skin Curtis Jordan. It will be taped mostly on Wednesday nights at Joe Theismann's restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and will be produced by Baruch Television Group. The show will also air in Richmond on Saturday nights at 11:30 on WXEX ...

On Channel 4, "Redskins Report With Joe Gibbs and George Michael" returns for a fifth season tomorrow night at 7 p.m., with a Sunday at 10:30 a.m. repeat ...

Channel 5 returns Monday night with "Redskins Playbook" at 8, hosted by Steve Buckhantz, who will be joined by 'Skins and journalists ...

Channel 7 won't have a weekly show this season but will air periodic (the number isn't set) specials called "Redskins Magazine," starting Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. (preceding ABC Monday Night Football). Sports director Frank Herzog will host ...

Channel 9 brings "Redskins Sidelines" back for its 15th season, starting tomorrow night at 7:30 with hosts Glenn Brenner and Sonny Jurgensen. The Sunday noon pre-NFL show, "Countdown to Kickoff," hosted by Sam Huff and Jurgy, returns this week ...

Tickets for both shows ("Sidelines" is taped Wednesday, "Countdown" on Friday) can be obtained by writing WUSA, 4001 Brandywine St. NW, 20016 ...

1 22.5 The Cosby Show 39 NBC 2 19.9 Night Court 33 NBC 3 18.8 Cheers 32 NBC 4 18.1 Growing Pains 31 ABC 5 17.8 Act II 30 NBC 6 17.6 Michael Jackson Special 30 CBS 7 17.3 Newhart 27 CBS 8 16.6 The Golden Girls 32 NBC 9 16.5 Moonlighting 28 ABC 10 16.2 Who's the Boss? 30 ABC 16.2 Designing Women 26 CBS 12 15.8 L.A. Law 28 NBC 13 14.9 ALF 25 NBC 14 14.8 60 Minutes 33 CBS 14.8 Hunter 30 NBC 16 14.6 The Equalizer 27 CBS 14.6 Valerie 24 NBC 18 14.5 NFL St. Louis/Chicago 25 ABC 19 14.1 Kate & Allie 23 CBS 20 14.0 Matlock 25 NBC

The new TV season is around the corner but first we've got to get by the Silly Season ...

When the Nielsen ratings came out Wednesday, a day late because of the Labor Day holiday, somebody noticed that a perfectly dreadful ABC Sunday night movie rerun, "Male Model," had attracted clearances on 210 ABC affiliates, about 99.9 percent of the network, as well as a 10.1 rating, a 19 percent audience share and a 40th-place finish ...

Over at NBC and CBS, the Jerry Lewis Telethon had eaten deeply into affiliate clearances all around the country that evening and ABC's modest triumph at 9 p.m. seemed unlikely ... so Nielsen snatched the Wednesday numbers back ...

So yesterday, the revised ratings came out. "Male Model," with only 156 clearances, it turned out, dropped to 49th, with an 8.7 rating and a 19 share, and ABC's overall ratings for the week slipped a teensy from 11.0/20 to a 10.9/20 ...

NBC finished first for the week ending Sept. 6 with an 11.9/22 and CBS was third at 10.5/19, the numbers they had in the first place ...

This is the last week Nielsen will use national figures based on about 1,700 diaries and simple meters attached to TV sets ...

Nielsen switches to its complex and worrisome people meters next week. Here's how Nielsen and a competing AGB people meter service read last week (all three services use a base figure of 886,000 TV homes for each rating point) ...

In the Nielsen people meter count, ABC won the week with an 11.0/21, followed by NBC at 10.9/20 and CBS at 10.1/18. The AGB system put NBC back on top with an 11.1/20 but moved customer CBS to second with a 9.7/17 and pushed ABC to third at 9.6/17. Hoo boy! ...