Channel 9 last night issued an apology on the air for a Glenn Brenner sports feature on Veterans Day that had offended viewers ringing the phones off the hook ...

The statement, read by sportscaster Ken Mease, was written by news director Dave Pearce ...

Pearce had asked Brenner to read the statement on last night's 6 o'clock news. When Brenner, who had already offered his personal apology Wednesday on the 11 p.m. news, refused to do so, Pearce "sent him home for the night," replacing him with Mease on both the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts ...

Brenner declined to talk to a reporter last night, telling a WUSA spokesman that "it's a family matter" ...

Pearce said last night that he and Brenner, one of the highest-paid local sportscasters in the country, will talk today about "how best to resolve the problem." At this point, Pearce said he wasn't inclined to characterize Brenner's refusal to read the statement as "insubordination," however ...

It all began on the Tuesday 11 p.m. newscast, when the fun-loving Brenner aired a clip showing Pia Zadora wrestling unsuccessfully with the Star-Spangled Banner at a recent Knicks-Celtics game in Madison Square Garden ...

Wednesday, Brenner went to Redskin Park, where he was approached by Skins Clarence Verdin and Ricky Sanders -- who claimed they could do a better job than Pia. With the snow and all, it was a slow day at Redskin Park, so Brenner taped their attempt, which he aired Wednesday night during the 6 o'clock news, along with a repeat of portions of Zadora's tape ...

Channel 9 operators recorded more than 200 calls from angry viewers who thought the joking about the national anthem on Veterans Day was out of place ...

On the 11 p.m. news Wednesday, Brenner offered his personal apology ...

Last night, shortly after 6:30 p.m., Mease read the following statement, prepared by Pearce:

"Last night during our 6 o'clock news a story was aired that showed two membrs of the Washington Redskins singing the national anthem. Following the airing of the tape, the station received a large number of phone calls from viewers who felt offended by it. It was in no way intended to upset anyone" ...

Earlier yesterday, Pearce had told a reporter that he had asked Brenner to repeat his apology to the 6 p.m. audience if the latter felt it was necessary, but indicated the decision was up to Brenner ...

Originally, Pearce said, he did not reprimand Brenner for the incident. "I looked at the tape and frankly I thought it was kind of funny, too," Pearce said. "With the much higher viewership because of the snowstorm, obviously more than the ordinary number of viewers saw it and found it offensive. We regret that." He said the Zadora tape was seen on stations all around the country ...

The audiences for the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news are substantially different, which is why the Zadora clip was aired twice at Nine, Pearce explained ...

Moving Right Along

Channel 26 announced yesterday it is preparing a two-hour special on the summit meeting between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev for the night of Dec. 7, which will also be seen on the Public Broadcasting Service that evening ...

Marvin Kalb will anchor the program, which will also include the 52-minute documentary "Breakthrough at Reykjavik," produced by Great Britain's Granada Television ...

Kalb, former diplomatic correspondent for CBS and NBC, is currently director of the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. (In the most diplomatic way possible, C. Airwaves has suggested to WETA that Marvin's title be aired over two nights) ...

WETA also announced yesterday that viewer interest in the Nov. 4 documentary by Bill Moyers, "The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis," has prompted the station to reschedule it for Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 10 p.m. ...

The program, according to Moyers, deals with the "clandestine military operations, the subversion of other governments, and dirty tricks that have become a permanent feature of national policy, carried out with no accountability to democratic institutions or democratic values" ...

In its Nov. 4 appearance Moyers' 90-minute "essay" attracted a 4.0 Nielsen rating and a 6 percent audience share on WETA, more than double the usual audience for the public TV station (each rating point represents 15,851 TV homes) ...

In addition, WETA recorded some 100 phone calls a day for at least three days after the program aired, almost all of them favorable ...

And one more item from WETA: When the excellent documentary "AIDS: Changing the Rules" first aired last Friday night, it attracted a 2.4 rating and a 4 share. Through Wednesday night, reruns of the special at 11 p.m. so far had averaged a 1.6/4 ...

Also in the News

We understand that Morton Dean, former CBS News correspondent and most recently anchor of the nationally syndicated INN newscast, has signed to be host of Lorimar's upcoming syndicated show based on TV Guide magazine, which will debut next September ...

ABC's "Good Morning America" won the morning network race with a 4.7 rating and a 22 share last week. That's the fifth win in a row and the sixth win in the eight weeks since Nielsen went to "peoplemeters" ...

NBC's "Today," where peoplemeters is just another 12-letter word, was second at 4.6/22. However, that was the closest the one-time morning leader has been in five weeks to ABC. CBS' "The Morning Program" was third at 2.2/11 ...

NBC announced yesterday that "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Mary Hart will join Willard Scott of the "Today" show as co-host of the 61st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which airs from 9 a.m. to noon on the network Thursday, Nov. 26 ...

ABC News has scheduled the third of its "Capital to Capital" telecasts for next Wednesday starting at 11:30 p.m. ...

The programs link via satellite members of the U.S. Congress and deputies of the Supreme Soviet. The live program airs simultaneously on Soviet TV at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, and will be rebroadcast during the Soviets' evening hours ...

ABC's Peter Jennings and Leonid Zolotarevsky, director of the International Division of Gostelradio in Moscow, will lead the discussions on U.S.-Soviet relations, regional conflicts in Afghanistan and Nicaragua, human rights violations and missile reductions ...

Joining Jennings will be Sens. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), a member of the Intelligence Committee ...

Zolotarevsky will be joined in the Kremlin by Yevgenii Primakov, director, Institute for the World Economy and International Relations, and other panelists to be announced ...

The conclusion of "Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War" on Channel 5 Tuesday night averaged a 6.4 Nielsen rating and a 10 share, after a 7.2/11 on Monday night ...

That's okay, Channel 5 -- it did a lot worse in Boston ...

Channel 5 had better news from its documentary about the Vietnam memorial, "The Wall: The Healing Place," which aired Wednesday night to an 8.0 Nielsen rating and an 11 share ...

CBS has dropped "The $25,000 Pyramid" from its daytime schedule as of Dec. 31 ...

It will be replaced by another game show called "Blackout." "Pyramid," which is not aired on CBS affiliates in either Washington or Baltimore, finished 17th among 24 daytime network programs ranked last week with a 3.3 national Nielsen rating and a 15 percent audience share (each rating point represents 886,000 TV homes) ...