Channel 5 announced yesterday that Tim White will join Lark McCarthy as co-anchor of "Fox Morning News," the 2 1/2-hour news show that debuts Monday, June 25 ...

For the past four years, White has been an anchor of WorldNet, the USIA international network, and has also appeared as a substitute host on CBS News's "Nightwatch" and on PBS's "American Interests." He's been in broadcasting for 27 years ...

WTTG had previously announced the hiring of McCarthy, who has been a White House correspondent for ABC News. Still to be named for the morning broadcast is a weathercaster. The presence of "Fox Morning News" could affect the standing of the network morning shows in this market once the program is established. Rehearsals are due to begin next week ...

The 22-hour Children's Miracle Network Telethon on Channel 20 this past weekend netted $1,330,662 from local viewers, part of a record $89.4 million raised on 180 U.S. and Canadian TV stations to benefit 165 children's hospitals in those two countries ...

The Washington total was up from $1,016,000 a year ago. The national broadcast was hosted from Disneyland by Marie Osmond and John Schneider. Locally, former WUSA reporter Don Torrance anchored, aided by a variety of area personalities including, from TV ranks, WRC's Barbara Harrison and Bob Ryan, WUSA's Andrea Roane and Chris Gordon, WJLA's Jim Harriott, Roberta Baskin and John Harter and WDCA's Lisa Weir ...

First Lady Barbara Bush will be interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America" for a half-hour Friday in the 8 a.m. segment on the importance of reading for children. During the broadcast, Mrs. Bush will read to kindergartners from the Sheridan School in Northwest Washington ...

No sooner did the story leak that Charlie Rose was leaving CBS News's "Nightwatch" after six frustrating years than Twentieth Television Domestic Syndication (that's the syndication arm of FOX, TV Column fans) announced he will become anchor of a new weekday syndicated magazine show called "Personalities," which debuts in September ...

"Personalities" has already been cleared by 115 stations -- including Fox-owned WTTG here -- around the country for either late afternoon or early evening airing, and is designed as a hard-news companion piece for "A Current Affair" ...

It is described as the "first daily syndicated magazine focusing solely on people making headlines" in entertainment, politics, sports, business, communications and the arts ...

The program will be satellited daily from Los Angeles ...

Rose, who signed a four-year contract with FOX, will finish his reign on the CBS News broadcast as of June 15. He will be replaced by a crew of rotating CBS correspondents until a permanent anchor is named ...

Rose said yesterday he was "enthusiastic" about the move to FOX, which he described as a "lean and hungry organization that wants to do quality television," but he expressed regret at leaving executive producer Deborah Johnson and the other dedicated people who put "Nightwatch" together every night out of the Washington bureau ...

"It's hardest to leave them," Rose said yesterday. "I owe it all to them -- we're very proud of the work we do" ...

As anchor and principal correspondent, Rose expects to do the same kind of wide-ranging interviews he has done for CBS News through the years. His Washington contacts will be interviewed via satellite "just like Ted Koppel," he said yesterday ...

Rose, 48, joined "Nightwatch" when it was moved to Washington in 1984, about 18 months after it began on CBS from New York ...

Executive producer of the new show will be Joel Cheetwood ...

"Nightwatch," which claims about 500,000 night owl viewers nightly nationally, is only seen on 72 CBS stations, but most are in major markets and excerpts from Rose's timely interviews with major political figures out of Washington frequently appear on other CBS News broadcasts ...

So far, there's no indication the broadcast will be terminated by the network news division next fall with Charlie's departure, although it is known that Howard Stringer, the president of CBS/Broadcast Group, is not quite as enthusiastic about the program as was his predecessor, Gene Jankowski, who personally saved the show from cancellation a couple of times during his tenure ...

A Canadian documentary producer who was featured on ABC's "Nightline" purchased from Ethiopian rebels much of the vivid footage shown of that nation's civil war, the Chicago Tribune reported. The show implied that he and his crew had shot the film ...

Yvan Patry, a Montreal-based producer, acknowledged that he had bought footage used on a "Nightline" broadcast May 29 and defended its presentation ...

Asked if he had allowed himself to be credited with work not his own, Patry said: "In Canadian ethics, this is not a very big matter. For us what was most important was that we were bringing to the world elements of this incredible war" ...

"He took credit for something he didn't do," said Jeff Bohnson, a Chicago independent producer, who said the rebels had offered him most of what aired on "Nightline" for $1,500 a minute...

A spokeswoman for the show said Patry had indicated that he had "obtained," not necessarily purchased, world rights for some footage. The show believed that about 90 percent of what it used was by Patry's crew ...

"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" took first place in the network news turkey shoot last week for the 21st week in a row and for the 34th week in the last 35 ...

For the week ending June 1, ABC averaged a 9.5 rating and a 20 share, while both "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" and "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" averaged a 7.5/17 ...

News viewership was down about 1.1 million households from the previous week, despite the visit of President Gorbachev to the United States. Main reason: Friday night's summit press conference, which occurred during the newscasts, resulted in a major drop in audiences on all three networks ...

Not that you're going to lose any sleep over all this but ABC, in fact, has called its Friday newscast a special, and under Nielsen rules that telecast wasn't counted in the weekly figures, at least by ABC ...

Otherwise, ABC News might have made much of that two-point Nielsen rating spread over CBS and NBC last week, which would have been its biggest ever over the competition if it were a regular five-day count ...

In a not unrelated matter, as we reported last week, the powerful WHAS in Louisville, a 40-year CBS affiliate, is, indeed, switching its affiliation to ABC in that market, come September ...

ABC has been affiliated with a UHF station in Louisville (WLKY) since 1961 and the swing in households available to ABC when the switch is made is expected to add another one-tenth of a rating point each week to "ABC World News Tonight's" national ratings figures, while comparably diminishing "CBS Evening News" in those weekly figures ...

One of the most powerful CBS affiliates in the country, the early evening local news on WHAS in February averaged a dominant 40 share, compared with a 15 for WLKY ...

Next step for CBS, reportedly stunned by the sudden WHAS move: deciding whether to dicker with WLKY or the other UHF in the market, Fox affiliate WDRB, as a replacement affiliate ...

TV RATINGZZZZ

Following are the top 20 network prime-time shows last week, ranked according to the percentage of the nation's 92.1 milllion TV households that watched, as measured by the A.C. Nielsen Co. A share represents the percentage of actual sets-in-use tuned to a particular program when it aired.

.......RATING......................................SHARE...NETWORK

1.......18.1.......Cheers.............................32.......NBC

2.......18.0.......Roseanne...........................30.......ABC

3.......16.2.......Seinfeld...........................28.......NBC

4.......15.7.......America's Funniest Home Videos.....29.......ABC

........15.7.......The Simpsons.......................27.......FOX

6.......15.6.......60 Minutes.........................33.......CBS

7.......15.5.......The Wonder Years...................26.......ABC

8.......15.3.......The Cosby Show.....................30.......NBC

........15.3.......A Different World..................28.......NBC

........15.3.......Unsolved Mysteries.................28.......NBC

11......14.8.......Married ... With Children........24.......FOX

12......14.6.......Who's the Boss?....................25.......ABC

13......14.5.......Revealing Evidence.................25.......NBC

........14.5.......Coach..............................24.......ABC

15......13.7.......L.A. Law...........................26.......NBC

16......13.6.......In the Heat of the Night...........22.......NBC

17......12.9.......Murder, She Wrote..................23.......CBS

18......12.7.......Designing Women....................21.......CBS

19......12.6.......In Living Color....................20.......FOX

20......12.2.......Murphy Brown.......................21.......CBS

NBC scored another primetime victory last week but FOX's "The Simpsons" gave the upstart network its first-ever appearance in the Top Ten as FOX also landed three shows in the top 20 ...

Meanwhile, CBS scored its lowest weekly rating since last July, despite the fact 59 percent of its schedule was original programming. NBC won with a 10.9 rating and a 20 share, compared with a 10.2/19 for ABC and an 8.9/17 for CBS for the week ending June 3 ...

Among the highlights last week, a repeat of the Sammy Davis Jr. 60th anniversary special on ABC was 29th while the Tony Awards on CBS tied for 61st ...