Sources on neither side would confirm yesterday, but there seems to be some slight movement toward a settlement of the 15-week-old strike of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians against NBC in negotiations underway here this week ...

With the negotiators still talking after two days -- a previous negotiation try in September lasted only six hours -- yesterday it appeared NBC has indicated it would increase the new contract from two to three years, with an increase in pay in the third year, while NABET has reportedly modified its stand on the key issue of the network's demand for the right to hire temporary employes on certain assignments ...

Some 2,800 NABET members, including about 300 at the NBC News bureau here, have been out since late June. Their jobs as camerapersons, writers, editors and other technicians have been filled in the interim by management personnel ...

Both sides are wearied by the strike, and many union members have been pressing their leadership for a chance to vote on a network proposal. Some fear that the longer the strike endures, the tougher the repercussions may eventually be, should parent General Electric conclude that the reduced staffs now working are getting the job done ...

The strikers received a morale boost earlier this week when the top network correspondents sent an appeal to NBC president Bob Wright asserting their solidarity with those on the picket line and urging the network to seek a quick settlement ...

"Valerie's Family" can keep the first half of its name for the rest of this TV season, according to an agreement announced yesterday on the West Coast ...

But next year the name, like actress Valerie Harper, will be gone. Attorneys for Harper, Lorimar Telepictures and NBC-TV decided to drop the issue of using "Valerie" in the three-year-old series as part of an agreement to get a speedy trial on countersuits filed by Harper and Lorimar...

Harper was dropped from the show after a salary dispute at the start of this season. Harper had recently asked for an injunction against the use of her name on the series. Yesterday, she said, "I got what I wanted and I think it's fair. My real concern was the long-term misuse of my name" ...

Part of the deal was an agreement by the litigants to pay court costs to have a jury trial on the case by April 20, circumventing the usual four-year logjam in Los Angeles Superior Courts before a civil case is heard ...

Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti, a former producer for the show, have sued Lorimar for $180 million, contending she was fired wrongfully ...

Lorimar has sued Harper, Cacciotti and their A.V. Productions for $70 million, alleging breach of contract ...

In Other News CBS announced yesterday it will inaugurate "real-time" captioning of select CBS News, sports and special events broadcasts early next year ...

The service for hearing-impaired viewers will supplement the more than half of the weekly pre-recorded primetime CBS network schedule that is now captioned ...

"CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" and "60 Minutes" will be the first broadcasts to use "real-time" captioning, to be followed by other programs broadcast live, wholly or in part ...

Game one of the American League playoffs twixt Detroit and Minnesota Wednesday night averaged a 16.1 national Nielsen rating and a 25 percent share. The game ran from 8:23 to 11:22 p.m. ...

Wednesday afternoon's National League playoff game two, between St. Louis and San Francisco, managed a 7.6/21 in the 15-market Nielsen overnight ratings ...

Channel 9 sportscaster James Brown will be cutting his work load at WUSA to three days a week as the result of his new three-year deal with CBS Sports ...

According to his agent, Todd Musburger, the new CBS pact will have Brown working year-round for the network. Previously limited to basketball games, Brown will do NFL play-by-play, host NCAA basketball events, handle both hosting and play-by-play of NBA games and work on the network's various anthology sports events, such as track meets, as the schedule demands ...

Musburger said yesterday that CBS sweetened Brown's pact considerably after Turner Broadcasting System offered him "the moon and the stars" to do the Turner-owned Atlanta Hawks NBA broadcasts ...

"He's a rising star at CBS," Musburger said ...

Channel 7 is dropping "Truth or Consequences" from the 9:30 a.m. timeslot as of this morning's broadcast. Starting Monday, WJLA will air reruns of "Mr. Belvedere" at 9:30, instead ...

Lorimar, which syndicates the program, announced Wednesday that it and the producers had agreed to release the 152 stations that bought the game show for a 52-week run earlier this year after only 24 weeks' worth of episodes -- or sometime around February ...

WJLA took the show on a barter basis, meaning it didn't pay for it but agreed to run national ads Lorimar sold for the show in exchange for the right to sell local ad time. In dropping the show so quickly, WJLA agreed to run those national ads somewhere in its schedule for the 24 weeks ...

The show, which ran 27 years on TV, was revived this year but has done very poorly in ratings all around the country. WJLA does very well in this market with ABC's "Good Morning America" from 7 to 9 a.m. on weekdays. "Who's the Boss?" reruns at 9 hold that audience pretty well, but "T or C" viewership dropped off disastrously ...

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Communications Commission is planning to launch a new inquiry into the regulation of children's television ...

The Journal reported yesterday that senior agency officials expect the inquiry, which could begin as early as this month, will look at whether toy makers who produce cartoon shows based on their products should be required to identify themselves as sponsors of the shows. In addition, the commission will investigate whether it should reimpose guidelines on the number of advertisements aired on children's programming ...

Channel 32, the Howard University public TV station, is close to an agreement with the D.C. Lottery Board to resume broadcasting the daily (Monday-through-Saturday) D.C. Lottery drawings starting Monday at 1:57 p.m. and at 7:57 p.m. ...

For the past year, Channel 20 has carried the lottery but production fees provided by the board have never matched the advertising revenue lost by the 90-second telecasts, and WDCA informed the board recently it was pulling out ...

WHMM carried the drawings for six months when the lottery first began in 1981. Since then two commercial stations besides WDCA -- WTTG and WRC -- have carried the drawings but dropped them after a year because of the financial losses ...

Wait, There's More

The fledgling Fox Broadcasting network, including Channel 5 here, has changed its Saturday and Sunday night schedules, effective Saturday, Oct. 24 ...

The new lineup on the 24th and henceforth (as henceforth is defined in network television) starts with "Mr. President" at 8, followed by "Women in Prison," "The New Adventures of Beans Baxter" and "Second Chance," all half-hour shows ...

On Sunday, Oct. 25, and henceforth (subject to previously stated caveat), it will be "21 Jump Street" at 7, "Werewolf" at 8, "Married ... With Children" at 8:30, "The Tracey Ullman Show" at 9 and "Duet" at 9:30 ...

On the very next Saturday, Halloween, however, special episodes of "Werewolf" and "Beans Baxter" will air between 9 and 10 ...

"Sunday Today" (WRC at 8 a.m.) this week will feature an interview by Maria Shriver with Philippines President Corazon Aquino, taped in recent days ...

The 12-minute segment, from the first interview Aquino has granted since the recent failed coup against her government, will air in the 8:30 a.m. half hour ...

NBC's "Today" show took first place last week in the morning network race. Its 4.8 Nielsen rating and 24 percent audience share were up 15 percent over the previous week, probably due to the frequent features from China ...

ABC's "Good Morning America" was second at 4.5/22, while CBS' "The Morning Program" could manage only a 2.0/10 ...