Douglas Edwards, the senior journalist at CBS News, and the original anchor of CBS' first network television newscast, yesterday announced his retirement, effective April 1 ...

Edwards, who currently anchors the midmorning edition of "Newsbreak" on TV for the network, has been broadcasting since he joined a radio station in Troy, Ala., at the age of 15 after his voice changed. That was 56 years ago ...

In 1935, he recalled yesterday, "I got my big break. I joined WSB in Atlanta, which was owned by the Atlanta Journal. I worked for the newspaper and the station and got some great experience" ...

He made the big jump to CBS Radio in 1942, joining the legendary Edward R. Murrow in London at the end of World War II and becoming head of the CBS bureau in Paris in the summer of 1945 ...

In 1946 he returned to New York to anchor the "CBS World News Roundup" on the CBS radio network. Later that year, he switched to TV to become the first CBS correspondent to anchor a CBS news broadcast in the new medium. It was called "The CBS Television News" and was seen on Thursday and Saturday nights ...

In 1948, he became anchor of "Douglas Edwards With the News," the first Monday-through-Friday TV newscast, and was replaced on that show in 1962 by Walter Cronkite ...

Edwards will retire after the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the "World News Roundup," the oldest network radio newscast in the U.S. ...

He said yesterday that he and his wife May will move to Sarasota, Fla., where he plans to write his autobiography, which he promises "will be anecdotal" and not a "tell all" book about CBS. "My career spanned the whole history of the industry," he said yesterday. "I saw a lot of it coming before it happened." In addition, he said, "CBS wants to use me as a lecturer once in a while" ...

Three years ago, Edwards renegotiated a five-year contract with then-CBS News president Van Gordon Sauter. Despite a trend at CBS News to retire veterans during two major job cutback drives in recent years, Edwards survived ...

He said yesterday his wife had prevailed on him to leave before the contract was up, urging that "we should go live a little. I think we'll travel. Maybe I'll do those lectures on a cruise ship that are so popular these days" ...

"I've had a great time here, and it's been my privilege to work with some very great people. They're still around and I love them all. Sure, there have been some low points, but that's life. I'm especially proud of starting the evening news back in 1948" ...

"CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather said yesterday in a statement that "Doug Edwards has been a friend and mentor since before I joined CBS News. He is a giant in our craft and all of us in television and radio news are indebted to him" ...

CBS News president Howard Stringer said, "Doug Edwards is a remarkable colleague, a great friend of CBS News and a true gentleman. His place in broadcasting history, as an anchorman and a correspondent, has long been secured. His name has been synonymous with CBS News since the dawn of television. Doug will be sorely missed; his accomplishments long treasured" ...

Also in the News They'll be filming scenes for the two-hour final episode of "Magnum, P.I." all day today in Annapolis. CBS star Tom Selleck, who dazzled passers-by at the Lincoln Memorial and the Willard Hotel here yesterday, will be on hand. One scene will be done outside Bancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy, where producers are hoping to catch 4,500 cadets as they file into the hall for lunch to capture the Academy atmosphere ...

Incidentally, in one scene yesterday, producers used a lineup of actual former Navy commanders in their dress uniforms instead of actors ...

Channel 5 has signed Nathan Roberts to be weekend sportscaster-reporter ...

He will anchor the Friday and Saturday night sportscasts and join Steve Buckhantz to coanchor "Sports Extra" on Sunday nights, starting immediately ...

Most recently, Roberts has been lead news anchor at KOB in Albuquerque. His background is basically news, and Joe Saitta, Five's vice president of news, said yesterday that his signing marks a move by Five to put "a harder edge" on its sports coverage ...

Roberts worked in news and sports for 15 years in the Los Angeles market and at one time reported on sports for KNXT (now KCBS) when Saitta was executive producer of the news there ...

Incidentally, Five's "Sports Extra" program on Sundays moves to 11 p.m. starting March 6, as Fox adds the new Garry Shandling show to its primetime schedule at 10 ...

Saitta said WTOP sportscaster Harvey Smilovitz, who has been doing the weekend sports, will continue to fill in when needed at Five ...

ABC's coverage of the Winter Olympics from 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday averaged a 19.3 national Nielsen rating and a 30 percent audience share. NBC programming did a 13.9/22 over the same three hours; CBS' an 11.0/17 (each national rating point represents 886,000 TV homes) ...

In Washington, the Games attracted a more robust 21.9/34 on Channel 7. (each local rating point represents 16,116 TV homes) ...

Earlier this month, CBS Entertainment announced that a new sitcom, called "Eisenhower & Lutz," will debut in the Monday night schedule March 14. It's the story of a one-man Palm Springs law firm run by "Bud Lutz Jr.," a graduate of the Las Vegas School of Law and Acupuncture ...

"Lutz" has added the name "Eisenhower" to it to give the firm a little class in a town where the late president used to relax ...

Yesterday attorney Larry L. Lutz Jr., whose one-man law firm is located in Seneca Falls, N.Y., called to say that the coincidence "disturbs me considerably" ...

It seems the real Lutz has litigation in the works against the federal government regarding the closure of Eisenhower College, a four-year college created by federal law as a memorial to the late president back in 1982. Eisenhower College is located in Seneca Falls ...

Adding to the coincidence: The real Lutz's father was known as "Bud" Lutz ...

Ann Morfogen, the chief spokesman for CBS Entertainment, said yesterday "it's just a strange coincidence" ...

More CBS News After getting pasted Tuesday night by the Winter Olympics on ABC, CBS News' "48 Hours" is going to take a nap for a couple of weeks ...

Yesterday, CBS News president Howard Stringer prevailed on the entertainment division to move in reruns of "Garfield in Paradise" and "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown" at 8 p.m. against another night of Olympics this coming Tuesday ...

The network had already scheduled a preemption of "48 Hours" for Tuesday, March 1, when the network airs a rerun of "Candid Camera: The First 40 Years" ...

Although it's not confirmed, CBS also has apparently moved up the date for "48 Hours' " move from Tuesday to the new timeslot of 8 p.m. Thursday to March 10, a week earlier than previously announced. On Thursdays hence, it will be pitted against the two top-ranked shows in television this year, NBC's "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World" ...

This past Tuesday, "48 Hours" registered an anemic 5.1 national Nielsen rating and an 8 percent audience share, which helped keep the network's average for the night bottomed out with an 8.9/14 average, barely enough to pay the light bill ...

In four outings since its introduction in January, the one-hour news program (one of three hour-long CBS news shows in primetime each week) has averaged a 9.9/15. "Tour of Duty," CBS' current occupant of the 8 p.m. Thursday timeslot, has so far averaged an 11.0/17 in 15 tries. "Tour" moves to the 9 p.m. Saturday timeslot on March 19 ...

"60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer will contribute to "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" periodically next week ...

Safer will be the second of the five "60 Minutes" regulars to appear on "Evening News" as a contributor since the curious practice was announced last month ...

Mike Wallace showed up the week of Jan. 11. "60 Minutes" executive producer Don Hewitt never has been wild about the crossover, claiming his five correspondents have plenty to do just keeping the show in the Top 10 every week (it's ranked sixth for the season to date) ...

And Finally

Anthony Streuli's many friends at the CBS News Washington bureau will hold a memorial service for him Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Albans Church at the Washington Cathedral ...

Mr. Streuli, 43, died a week ago today in Manchester, N.H., where he was serving as bureau chief for the network's coverage of the primary ...

From 1983 until 1986, when he was named assistant bureau chief in the London bureau, Streuli was a Washington-based producer for the "CBS Evening News" and in the early 1970s had been a desk editor here for CBS News, Radio ...