CBS News, which still hasn't got a title for the new 7 to 9 a.m. news show that will replace its 90-minute "The Morning Program" on Nov. 30, announced yesterday that sportscaster Jim Lampley has joined the cast ...

Lampley, sports director at KCBS in L.A. and a play-by-play announcer on network NFL broadcasts and a radio talk show host, will appear daily on the program, as well as on the early morning news ...

Lampley joined CBS from ABC Sports in September ...

And Jay Kernis, who's been executive producer of weekend programs for National Public Radio in Washington, will come aboard as a planning and ideas producer Nov. 9 for the still-untitled morning news program. He's a 14-year veteran of NPR ...

CBS also announced yesterday that Mark McEwen, the weathercaster on the lame duck "Morning Program," will have the same role on the still-untitled morning news program ...

Not only doesn't the program have a title, it still hasn't got a male co-anchor to join ABC News defector Kathleen Sullivan on the show ...

And still another hot flash from West 57th: word is that CBS News president Howard Stringer is due to announce a couple of appointments today ...

One rumored change: Ted Savaglio, assistant director of news, to take on the additional duties of vice president, administration for the division ...

The latter job has been unfilled since Bob Chandler left the post a year ago ...

The Democratic Leadership Council is sponsoring the second in a series of debates among the six party candidates for the presidency on Monday night in New Orleans ...

Locally, it will air on a tape-delayed basis on Channel 32 that night from 11 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., and C-SPAN will air it on Sunday, Nov. 8, at noon ...

The event, co-sponsored by Tulane University, will be moderated by Hodding Carter III and Michael Lomax, co-chairman of the DLC ...

Titled "Opportunity and Obligation: The Democrats' Social Policy," the debate, which will air on a regional public TV network in the South, will feature Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt, Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr., the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Illinois Sen. Paul Simon ...

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Defrocked minister Jim Bakker's Tuesday night appearance on ABC News' "Nightline" polled a 9.4 overnight Nielsen rating in 15 major cities and a 31 percent audience share ...

That compares with a 15.4/42 overnight Nielsen count last May 27 when Bakker and his wife Tammy appeared on "Nightline" ... but still ranks among the all-time five, at least for overnight ratings, among "Nightline" shows ...

Arbitron overnights in 13 major markets gave Bakker's appearance a 7.8/26, down from an overnight high of 13.6/38 last May ...

Washington audiences apparently weren't particularly interested in the latest Word from the Rev. Jim: On Channel 7 "Nightline" did a slim 5.2/18 in the Nielsen count to finish third behind Johnny Carson and the CBS lineup in this market during the hour it was on the air. ARB gave the show a 6.9/27 in Washington (each rating point represents about 15,851 households) ...

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Channel 9 at 4 p.m.) tomorrow originates live from Midland, Tex., as Oprah visits the fine folks who rescued Pooh's friend, little Jessica McClure, from that back-yard well two weeks ago ...

Fox Broadcasting is replacing "The Late Show" as of Nov. 30 with "The Wilton North Report" a live, one-hour show named after the two Hollywood streets where the studio is located ...

Described as a "hip news show," it will be produced by Barry Sand, who formerly produced "The David Letterman Show" on NBC ...

And why do we mention this? Because Nancy Collins has just signed to do three seven-minute interviews a week on the program, featuring politicians and other entertainment figures ...

Nancy will continue in her job as a contributing correspondent on NBC's "Today" show ...

Our Beacon Hill correspondent reports that GE chairman Jack Welch revealed yesterday that at NBC president Bob Wright's urging, he recently joined Wright and NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff at lunch in New York, where they surprised Tartikoff with a bonus of "several hundred thousand dollars" for the excellent performance of the number one network's primetime schedule ...

Welch, whose GE owns NBC, told the Class of '88 at the Harvard Business School that he was especially pleased by the results on Sunday, a night Tartikoff beefed up considerably this new season by gambling that "Family Ties" would continue to do well without the protection of "The Cosby Show" in its old Thursday timeslot ...

In a Q&A session, Welch was asked if he ever got mad at the "pinheads at GE" jokes that David Letterman makes on his show. The chairman said he doesn't care as long as Letterman's funny "and his ratings stay up" ...

(Speaking of staying up, why aren't those MBA candidates hitting the books at 12:30 a.m., anyway?) ...

The latest word we've got is that NBC and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) were still working on schedules for the return to work of 2,800 cameramen, writers, editors and other technicians, who ended their strike against the network last Saturday ...

NBC is still hoping for a Monday return for some, and the network is making an effort to have the first paychecks ready next week (payday is usually Thursday) ...

Which reminds us, staunch liberal Phil Donahue marched his talk show staff out of NBC in New York to Stamford, Conn., when the NABET strike began June 29 to avoid crossing picket lines ...

He wants to move back to Manhattan, but in the meantime, NBC has turned his old studio into a cafeteria ...

Over at the ABC News bureau in Washington today, employes will join NABET Local 31 and the Broadcast Operations and Engineering unit at the bureau to honor three retiring engineers who together have worked a cumulative 75 years at the network ...

To be toasted are Ray Bailey, Lonnie Deans and Fred Falcinelli ...

Noted in the CBS Sports college basketball schedule for the coming season released yesterday: four games featuring the Georgetown Hoyas -- at DePaul, Jan. 9; at Syracuse, Jan. 24; at home against Syracuse, Feb. 13; and at Pittsburgh, Feb. 20 ...

CBS will also broadcast the Big East Tournament final March 13 in a schedule which includes 27 regular season games and 33 NCAA playoff games, culminating with the NCAA final from Kansas City, April 4 ...

Shere Hite, author of the controversial "Women and Love: A Cultural Revolution in Progress," walked off the set at the Potomac News here yesterday while she was filming an interview for Fox's "A Current Affair" ...

Tuesday, a Connecticut limousine driver claimed Hite grabbed his throat, punched him and called him a name, when he told her she had been canceled by the "Sally Jessy Raphael Show" because she was too late for her scheduled appearance in New Haven with Sally ...

The driver told USA Today he was just glad "she didn't have an ax in her hand" and that "thank God, she's just a little woman" ...

As far as we could tell yesterday, Hite still hadn't responded to the report. Regardless, yesterday afternoon, while she was being interviewed in Washington by "A Current Affair" host Maury Povich in New York, she was informed through her ear piece that the chauffeur, Frank Nicoletti of Luxury Limousine Ltd., was in the New York studios waiting to appear with Maury ...

She jumped up, took off her microphone, shoved a camera into a cameraman and stalked off. She also was supposed to do interviews for WRC here and talk via satellite to reporters at stations in Detroit and Chicago while at Potomac News, but she didn't stick around ...

Hite's book deals with the opinions of 4,500 women, most of whom complain about their relationships with men ...