A member of the audience at yesterday's "Donahue" show, which was being aired live in New York and 16 other major markets around the country, twice used the name of the Wall Street executive who was assaulted and raped while jogging in Central Park a year ago ...

A spokeswoman for the program said late yesterday the woman's name would be edited from the tape-delayed broadcasts that will be seen in some 200 additional markets today, including Channel 9 here (at 9 a.m.) ...

Karen Lippert also said that host Phil Donahue late yesterday was attempting to reach the woman to apologize for the incident ...

In keeping with standard journalistic practices involving rape victims, the woman's name had not been mentioned by major newspapers or television programs following her ordeal and the recently completed trial of three young men convicted in the assault. However, at least two newspapers in New York and a radio station had publicized her name as the racially sensitive case unfolded ...

According to Lippert, the live broadcast was in its 53rd minute when the man used the assault victim's name. "We didn't know it was going to happen," said Lippert. "We regret that it did. It occurred in the middle of a lively debate with nine guests. It caught everyone, including Phil {Donahue}, by total surprise. Clearly, he didn't think it was wise to stop and dwell on it, it would have only focused more attention on it. So many people were talking back and forth when it happened. It was very unfortunate" ...

She said that the program had already recorded "several dozen" complaining calls about the use of the name and that WNBC in New York, where it was carried live starting at 4 p.m., also had received numerous calls ...

The incident occurred during a program -- the first of the new season -- devoted to a discussion of "What really happened to Tawana Brawley?" It included, as panelists, two reporters from the New York Times, authors of a new book, "Outrage: The Story Behind the Tawana Brawley Hoax"; Brawley's boyfriend, Daryl Rodriquez; the Rev. Al Sharpton; and attorney Alton Maddox Jr... .

In Other News

"Today" co-host Deborah Norville yesterday told viewers that she's pregnant and that her baby is due in March ...

Norville has been married since December 1987 to Swedish businessman Karl Wellner. This will be their first child ...

Norville, 32, told a reporter that she plans to work "as far into the pregnancy as my doctor recommends" ...

On the broadcast, shortly after her 8:06 a.m. disclosure to co-host Bryant Gumbel and news anchor Faith Daniels, Norville predicted a March 6 birth date, which weatherman Willard Scott then announced was just one day before his own ...

"The folks on the show have kind of suspected something for a while now," Norville told a reporter yesterday. "Bryant's been trying to fish it out ever since he caught me eating a big breakfast -- two scrambled eggs and lots of toast -- when I usually just had half a cookie and a glass of milk before the broadcast" ...

Norville, who joined "Today" about a year ago, became a central figure in the turmoil that hit the then-No. 1 morning network show with the dismissal of newsman John Palmer and the subsequent departure of Jane Pauley, whom Norville replaced in January ...

Norville took the brunt of the criticism (she was blamed for Pauley's departure when in fact management's clumsy handling of an unhappy Pauley precipitated the change) as the program immediately slid to second place behind ABC's "Good Morning America" and until just the past two weeks -- as the Persian Gulf crisis grew and Gumbel spent a week in Saudi Arabia -- hadn't made a serious challenge for No. 1 in all that time ...

In June, the network added Joe Garagiola, Daniels and Katie Couric to the team, which also includes Gene Shalit ...

This past Friday, NBC announced that Garagiola would be off for a month to have elective surgery for an undisclosed medical problem ...

Norville said yesterday that "it was great to share my good news with people." She also expressed optimism that "Today" has turned the ratings corner and that viewers "are finding us again" ...

This coming Monday, the show will introduce a new set, featuring a kitchen and large transparent photographs of various American scenes, as the network continues the slow process of turning it around. Yesterday's good news from Deborah won't hurt ...

Wait, There's More

First Lady Barbara Bush will be among the speakers at a luncheon today honoring participants in the CBS News national education conference on the Georgetown University campus ...

The all-day conference is a highlight of CBS News's "Project Education," a weeklong campaign involving all major CBS News broadcasts and participation by many of the network's affiliates (including Channel 9 here) around the country ...

Also speaking at the luncheon will be CBS president and CEO Laurence Tisch and Kay Whitmore, chairman and CEO of Kodak, which along with AT&T and Nike is sponsoring the project ...

CBS will have five cameras at Gaston Hall today taping segments of the five panels being conducted on the education crisis, moderated by Ed Bradley, Mike Wallace, Lesley Stahl, Paula Zahn and Harry Smith ...

Among the participants: four governors, including Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder ...

Portions of those panels will air on CBS News's "Nightwatch" late Thursday night (well, early Friday morning) and will also be fed to CBS's 200-plus affiliates ...

C-SPAN will have two cameras at Gaston Hall today to tape the Wallace panel, "The High Cost of Learning: Who Is Going to Pay?" for a 1 p.m. broadcast on Saturday. Gov. James Florio of New Jersey and White House domestic policy aide Roger Porter are on the panel ...

The CBS project, which is costing nearly $2 million, will makes its biggest primetime splash tomorrow night when Charles Kuralt anchors a two-hour special "America's Toughest Assignment: Solving the Education Crisis," starting at 9 p.m... .

That program will be followed, after local news, at 11:30 with a one-hour live forum also hosted by Kuralt in New York that will include teachers, students, community leaders and network affiliates ...

Mrs. Bush's remarks on education will be before an audience that includes the VIP participants in the daylong discussions and the 500 invited guests who will attend the conference. The luncheon will be held at the Georgetown University Conference Center ...

Channel 7 viewers contributed a record $1,572,100 to the 25th anniversary Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon over the Labor Day holiday ...

That was up from the $1,495,977 total of a year ago ...

The nationwide telethon also posted a record total of $44,172,186, compared with last year's $42,209,727 over the 21 1/2 hours that ended at 6:30 Monday evening ...

The NFL preseason finale on Channel 7 Friday night between the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Rams averaged an 18.0 Nielsen rating and a 33 percent audience share between 8 and 10:45 p.m... .

Each local ratings point represents (dare we remind you?) 17,278 TV households ...

Channel 7 got a few dozen phone complaints yesterday too, when fans of "Regis & Kathie Lee" discovered their favorite morning show had disappeared, to be replaced by a new game show, "Challengers," and "The Judge" at 11 a.m... .

Seven's contract with syndicators Buena Vista for "R&KL" wasn't renewed after an eight-month run on the ABC affiliate. Starting next Monday, another game show, "Trump Card," will move in at 11:30 ...

There are reports that "Regis & Kathie Lee" is being offered to a couple of the local independent stations but so far no takers. Stay tuned ...

CBS News correspondent Terance Smith has signed a four-year contract with the network. He becomes the principal correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning," in effect replacing retired Bob Pierpoint, and will also continue to serve as occasional substitute for anchor Charles Kuralt. Smith will also continue with "CBS Evening News" and other broadcasts ...

ABC Entertainment announced yesterday that Julia Duffy has been named to star in the new series "Baby Talk," which was relegated to the status of "backup series" this fall after Connie Sellecca and the producers had a falling out ...

Duffy received seven nominations as a supporting actress over the years for her role as "the perfectly pretentious maid Stephanie Vanderkellen" on CBS's "Newhart" ...

"Baby Talk," a spinoff of the movie "Look Who's Talking," has been replaced on the Tuesday schedule by "Head of the Class." No date for "Baby Talk" has been set, although the series began production last week ...