ABC News dispatched "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel and chief foreign correspondent Pierre Salinger to Vienna over the weekend to interview Austrian President Kurt Waldheim for two broadcasts tonight on the network ...

The former U.N. secretary general is under increasing pressure to resign from the governing Socialist Party over revelations of his wartime assignments in Yugoslavia with the German army that showed, at the least, his knowledge of Nazi atrocities in the area ...

Koppel and Salinger are scheduled to tape their interviews with Waldheim this afternoon (Vienna time) in the Austrian capital. The tapes are to be satellited to London, where they will be edited. Portions of Salinger's questioning will be seen tonight on "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" ...

All of ABC News' "Nightline" tonight (delayed until midnight on Channel 7 here because of the network's Olympic Games coverage) will be devoted to Koppel's Waldheim interview ...

William Paley, the 86-year-old founder and chairman of CBS, yesterday was listed in satisfactory condition at a Manhattan hospital following surgery last Thursday ...

Paley was in the intensive care unit at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Hospital administrator Debbie Green would provide no additional information regarding his condition ...

Channel 9 has named Lynn Beall as national sales manager, effective tomorrow. She has had the same job at Channel 20 the past two years ...

Beall replaces Paul Trelstad, who becomes local sales manager, replacing Steve Cook, who becomes general sales manager ...

The assignments in sales at Nine follow by a week the appointment of Henry K. Yaggi III as vice president and station manager. Yaggi had been vice president and general sales manager at the Gannett-owned station ...

Also in the News

Should ABC Sports run a parental advisory before its XV Winter Olympiad telecasts? ...

The idea occurred to more than a few families yesterday when "Dr. Ruth" Westheimer offered some sexual tips to the world's best men downhill skiiers as they waited for a high wind to die down at the top of Mount Nakiska so their event could get underway ...

Dr. Ruth, the TV sex therapist, was in the announcer booth on Nakiska (you are not going to believe this, but "announce position" is what ABC calls its announcer booths in Calgary; we thought we'd give you a chance to clear the breakfast nook of the youngsters before we dropped that bombshell this morning) when Al Trautwig asked her if skiers should engage in sex before a big race ...

After assuring viewers (and skiers) that "skiers are very good lovers," she said it was okay to have sex sometime in the 24 hours before a race as long as it is with a "permanent partner" but very chancy if it's with someone the skier just met, who might make it an all-night deal ...

You can bet that got a few phones ringing at the network from startled viewers who were waiting at home with the kiddies to watch the skiers on a cold Sunday afternoon ...

But the early returns yesterday afternoon indicated Dr. Ruth didn't rate nearly as many irate phone calls as the network's ho-hum coverage of Saturday night's ice hockey match between the U.S. and Austrian teams, interrupted constantly by a variety of "features," which are nothing more than thinly disguised promotions for coming events, and the ubiquitous commercials ...

According to a network spokesman in Calgary yesterday, ABC in New York got "hundreds of complaints" during the game. Locally, they were still fielding complaints yesterday afternoon at the Channel 7 newsroom and there were enough Saturday night to rate a comment on Seven's 11 p.m. newscast ...

ABC's explanation for promoting right through at least four of the live U.S. goals Saturday night? The game was a blowout after the score reached 10-3 in favor of the United States team and anyway, all the goals were on tape so nothing was really missed (we'll hear that one a lot in the next 11 days or so, believe me) ...

Dan Aykroyd, one of the "Saturday Night Live" originals, made a "surprise" appearance on Saturday night's broadcast, playing Bob Dole in a takeoff on a Republican debate. SNL regular Nora Dunn played Democratic congressperson Pat Schroeder as "the moderator" ...

The skit was written by Al Franken (who played Pat Robertson) and Tom Davis, two of the original SNL writers ...

And yes, Taste Monitors, Aykroyd eventually asked Franken to "cure" his right arm ...

Without a Word of Explanation, ABC has delayed the two-hour premiere of "Probe," its new science fiction series, from March 3 to Monday, March 7, at 9 p.m. The one-hour series, from an idea by Isaac Asimov, will now debut in its regular time slot on Thursday, March 10, at 9 p.m., instead of a week earlier ...

Likewise, "Buck James," which ABC recently rescued from the Sunday Night Scrap Heap after a rest, will now return that same Thursday, March 10, at 10 p.m., instead of March 3, as previously announced ...

Well, here's one positive trend for families to ponder this morning anyway, TV Column fans: The Association of Independent Television Stations recently backed a survey that indicates after-school viewing by children is down 17 percent since November 1985 ...

The slam-bang action cartoons are apparently losing their attraction. TV production companies already have lots of "live action" alternatives, mostly game shows for kiddies, in the works, and Variety reports there are talk, variety, magazine and even court shows in preparation ...

Program buyers from local stations will see lots of "live action" pilots when they gather later this month in Houston for the annual National Association of Television Program Executives convention to fill out their fall schedules ...

Listen to the Hart Beat

No sooner had C. Airwaves revealed that CBS was considering a sitcom pilot starring "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart for the fall schedule than CBS Entertainment president Kim LeMaster changed his mind and late last week decided the concept -- Mary was going to play a veterinarian married to a cartoonist who was in charge of a zoo -- wouldn't fit into his plans for 1988-89 ...

Hart, who is in Calgary at the Winter Olympics for ET, said Friday she was "disappointed" by LeMaster's decision -- "we thought we had a 'go' at the start of last week" -- but Hart said she is still very much in the hunt for a good primetime sitcom script and CBS is still very much one of the networks on her dream list ...

"Tom Selleck went through seven pilots before he clicked," she said. "And John Ritter and Dabney Coleman had all kinds of disappointments. I'm pressing ahead and I'm looking at scripts right now" ...

After six years with the syndicated show, she said her main job is still "Entertainment Tonight," which has recently picked up CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago and returns to WABC in New York, two big markets that won't hurt the show's ratings next season, either ...

Hart's recent appearances on "Good Morning America," during which the ABC show's numbers improved a little, apparently doesn't mean she's a candidate to replace Joan Lunden somewhere down the road ...

"I might do a guest appearance again," said Hart. "Jack Reilley {a former executive producer of ET} and I are old friends. But I signed a new two-year contract with Paramount {producer of ET} a couple of months ago. Paramount and I have no problems and I'm not one of those ungrateful, arrogant {people} who might bail out. After all, ET is building, although I realize this is a year-to-year kind of a show in a very tough business" ...

When she gets back to the United States, she'll resume work on a Las Vegas nightclub act in preparation for an April 21-May 3 booking at the Golden Nugget ...

She contradicted her agent, Jay Bernstein, who said last week she considers the nightclub act a "safety net" ...

"It's not a safety net, not a secondary career," she said Friday. "It's as important to me as 'Entertainment Tonight'; I'm simply broadening my career, which is long overdue for me. But I don't want 'Entertainment Tonight' shunted off" ...