Several women correspondents on the staff of "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" are scheduled to meet tomorrow in New York with executive producer Paul Friedman to express their ongoing concerns about the role of women on the number one network newscast ...

In his most recent report, ranking appearances by nearly 200 network correspondents during 1989, Joe S. Foote, chairman of the radio-television department at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, singled out ABC as "dead last in visibility for its women correspondents" ...

"There were no ABC women in the top 50 correspondents," according to Foote. "In fact, the first ABC woman correspondent is Sheilah Kast at number 65 and the next is Bettina Gregory at 96" in the 1989 rankings ...

However, ABC News did have the most women in Foote's study for last year -- 13, compared with 12 for CBS and 10 for NBC ...

Kast and Carole Simpson are two of the correspondents expected to meet with Friedman tomorrow. He said yesterday previously scheduled meetings had been postponed at least twice because participants had been busy on stories ...

Meanwhile, female employees at NBC News have also been expressing their unhappiness with the lack of upward movement within the division in recent months despite management's appointment of a committee a year ago to monitor women's concerns ...

The annual Foote report, issued last month, showed that on all three networks, women news correspondents are having a tough time getting stories on the evening newscasts ...

While 50 percent (15) of women correspondents in his study of ABC, NBC and CBS for 1988 made his "Top 100" list, that figure dropped to 23 percent (eight) last year. Rankings refer to the number of times network correspondents appeared on evening news shows during the year ...

Foote limits his studies to reporters who appear at least five times yearly -- a total of 186 in 1989. His figures are compiled from the Vanderbilt Television News Index and abstracts. Last year some 212 correspondents appeared on nightly newscasts at least once ...

"There is an assumption in American society that women are upwardly mobile in the workplace," Foote noted in his most recent report, "but that's not the case in network television news" ...

There were some breakthroughs for women. CBS's Lesley Stahl, reporting from the White House, ranked third, the highest ranking for a women in the seven years Foote has been conducting his poll ...

Also included in the top 10 were NBC congressional correspondent Andrea Mitchell in fourth and CBS's Justice correspondent Rita Braver, in eighth ...

No blacks were included in the top 50 correspondents (NBC's Noah Nelson was tops at 59) while only two Hispanic correspondents, Jan Vasquez of CBS (16th) and ABC's John Qinones (41st) were in the top 50 ...

The 10 most visible correspondents last year, in order, were NBC's John Cochran (148 appearances), ABC's Brit Hume (141), Stahl (120), Mitchell (115), CBS's David Martin (115), NBC's Bob Hager (100), ABC's John McWethy (96), Braver (91), NBC's George Lewis (89) and CBS's Wyatt Andrews (77) ...

Busy times coming up for our world-trotting anchors ...

"NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" will broadcast from Moscow July 2-4 as Brokaw visits the scene of the Soviet Party Congress. He then travels to London, the site of the NATO Summit, where he will anchor the July 5-6 broadcasts ...

Meanwhile ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, already slated to broadcast from Los Angeles next week (site of the annual ABC affiliates meeting), has also scheduled a trip to San Francisco June 20-21 to cover the international AIDS conference there (Jennings anchors AIDS specials on PBS) ...

Also in the NewsABC News's "20/20" has signed Martin Phillips as a producer. Most recently he has been at NBC News and was a producer for 10 years with CBS's "60 Minutes" ...

NBC News has quietly pulled the Jane Pauley special "The Secret Race: The East German Sports Machine" from its June 13 primetime schedule. A "Quantum Leap" rerun will air in its place that night ...

No official word from the network why it was dropped but unofficially they're saying that they didn't want viewers to confuse the documentary with upcoming pilots for Jane's new magazine show that will hit the air later this summer ...

The only original programming on the big three networks Tuesday night was Game I of the NBA finals between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Detroit Pistons on CBS ...

The game averaged a pretty good 11.8 national Nielsen rating and a 22 percent audience share between 9 and 11:58 p.m. but ABC's comedy lineup (plus "thirtysomething") won the night with a 12.1/21, while NBC was second at 11.8/21. CBS was third at 11.1/20 ...

Each ratings point represents 921,000 TV homes ...

Today's success story. Back in the late '70s, Ron Zappolo quit American University after a semester to join Channel 5 here as an intern. He stayed at Five for seven years before making the trek to Denver ...

Now a sportscaster, he just moved from NBC-owned Channel 4 there after 13 years to Gannett-owned Channel 9 where he will draw down an estimated $400,000 per. That makes him the highest-paid person -- news anchors and all -- in the 19th-largest TV market in the country. You won't be surprised to learn that Ron is heavily identified with the NFL Denver Broncos, by far the biggest game in that NFL-mad town ...

Speaking of highest paid, between Larry King's new five-year contract with Ted Turner's CNN, which gives him $8.7 million during the next five years, and his deal with Mutual Broadcasting System, the talk show host probably now takes home $2.3 million per, which ain't bad for a Washington-based TV type ...

King's new pact with Turner came after big nibbles from Lorimar, Columbia and Disney to host syndicated shows, and even CBS (which is looking desperately for somebody in late night) ...

Another beneficiary of the King deal is Tamara Haddad who has been promoted from executive producer to senior executive producer of CNN's "Larry King Live" ...

The syndicated "Geraldo" (Channel 7 at 9 a.m.) today will have Jack Kevorkian, inventor of the so-called "suicide machine" on the program. He's in the news following the revelation that he hooked an Alzheimer's disease victim to the lethal drug injection device earlier this week and watched her die ...

The syndicated "Donahue" show, not to be outdone, issued its own announcement yesterday that Kevorkian had already been on Phil's show on April 26 ...

Perhaps there's a little relief in sight for cable viewers. The Senate Commerce Committee today will mark up the Cable Television Consumer Protection Act (S. 1880) that calls for some re-regulation of basic services and increased competition. The amended bill reflects in large part legislation introduced by Sen. Albert Gore (D-Tenn.) ...

Moving Right AlongCBS Entertainment has signed Pam Dawber, the star of ABC's "Mork & Mindy" and more recently CBS's "My Sister Sam," to develop a half-hour comedy series and made-for-TV movies for the network ...

Dawber and former CBS programming boss Bud Grant will be executive producers of the new sitcom series ...

"World Monitor," the weeknight newscast that airs on the Discovery Channel, has named Tom Cheatham, formerly with NBC News, as senior broadcast producer ...

The program also announced that Takashi Oka, currently Tokyo bureau chief, will be reassigned to the Washington bureau as a correspondent; and Tony Hillman has been named senior producer, Europe, in the London bureau ...

A new study released yesterday by the Center for Media and Public Affairs here indicates that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev got his first major dose of bad press from U.S. television during his recent visit ...

Between May 23 and June 3 on ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, there were 144 summit stories covering five hours and six minutes of airtime containing 73 evaluations of the Soviet leader and just 15 evaluations of President Bush ...

According to CMPA: Gorbachev was featured in 60 stories, compared with 31 for Bush, while the new president of Russia, Gorbachev opponent Boris Yeltsin, received 14 mentions, compared with 10 for Secretary of State James Baker ...

However, the survey concluded, only 47 percent of Gorbachev's evaluations were positive, compared with 80 percent for Bush. The Soviet leader had received 100 percent positive ratings at the Malta summit, 75 percent at the Moscow summit and 79 percent during his Washington summit appearance in December 1987 ...

U.S. government sources, including Congress, gave Gorbachev 100 positive assessments but "onscreen evaluations by reporters were 76 percent negative and those of Soviet citizens interviewed were 67 percent negative" ...