Gannett Broadcasting this week notified 13 staffers on its 16-member Gannett TV News Service bureau that they will be reassigned, probably by the end of the year ...

The Rosslyn-based bureau furnishes stories from the nation's capital to Gannett's 10 TV stations around the country ...

Dick Mallary, vice president of news for Gannett Broadcasting, stressed that "none of the people is being laid off. In some cases we hope to redeploy them back to the station level, where some were assigned from. We expect to maintain a 'task force' that would be available for major assignments -- conventions and such -- after the bureau closes" ...

"We'll continue some bureau functions," Mallary said yesterday ...

The decision involves four camerapersons, four reporters, three engineers and two desk assistants. Three will remain as the core of the News Service for the special assignments ...

Channel 9 here -- the Gannett flagship station -- is reportedly in the process of beefing up its news operation, in part to provide more Washington coverage every day to the Gannett station group as the News Service operation folds its tent ...

A small Gannett unit in Virginia, using facilities left from the "USA Today on TV" project, meanwhile is reportedly working on additional projects -- a "crime on campus" special is being considered although Mallary said yesterday, "I'm not sure it's going to be done" -- that could develop into periodic features for the group stations ...

Mallary said the cutback was announced as Gannett continues its regular budgeting process for this time of the year ...

He said no final date for the closure of the main business of the bureau has been decided but "in my heart of hearts I suspect it could be by the end of the year" ...

In Other News

CBS Entertainment, running second in the tight primetime race after only two weeks, yesterday became the first network to start moving the furniture around ...

"Lenny" and "E.A.R.T.H. Force" were lugged out to the porch for a long rest and the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday night lineups are all being rearranged ...

Keeping in mind that CBS will be occupied with major league baseball playoffs and the World Series perhaps as late as Oct. 24, here are the major changes:

The big shuffle takes place on Thursday, Oct. 25, right after the Series, as "Top Cops," which did well again on Wednesday night this week, moves to 8 p.m. in a half-hour format, followed by the one-hour "The Flash" at 8:30, "Doctor, Doctor" (moving from Wednesday) at 9:30 and "Knots Landing" ...

"The Flash" was originally scheduled to face "The Cosby Show" and FOX's "The Simpsons" at 8 this fall ...

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 24, should there be no seventh Series game, CBS will introduce "48 Hours" (moved from Saturday) at 8 p.m., followed by "Jake and the Fatman" and the new "WIOU." They'll show up on Halloween, otherwise ...

With the departure of "E.A.R.T.H. Force" (as of last Saturday) after three undistinguished outings, the last two hours of Saturday night will be occupied by still-unannounced movies, following "The Family Man" and "The Hogan Family," starting Oct. 27 and running through Nov. 10 ...

"Wiseguy" will return with a two-hour premiere the next Saturday (Nov. 17) at 9, and on Nov. 24 a new action drama called "Broken Badges" (a police show about a unit made up of troubled officers) will premiere with a two-hour movie. Eventually, "Badges" will show up at 9 followed by "Wiseguy" that night between 10 and 11 ...

"Lenny," an early favorite of the CBS brass debuted in 24th place on Sept. 10 with a 13.1 national Nielsen rating and a 23 percent audience share, but quickly plunged toward the basement, finishing 72nd on Sept. 19 with a 7.4/12, 78th on Sept. 26 (6.9/12) and on Wednesday this week, doing a 6.8/11 (there was an 11:30 p.m. rerun on Sept. 27, which we'll kindly ignore) ...

"E.A.R.T.H. Force," an Australian short-run series, which probably set the environmental movement back on its heels on two continents, debuted as a two-hour movie on Sept. 16, averaging a 9.9/17 to finish 44th and quickly dropped to 77th with a 6.2/11 on Sept. 22 and last Saturday finished 85th with a 6.0/11 ...

Each ratings point represents 931,000 TV homes ...

CBS Entertainment said yesterday that both shows are on "hiatus" but only "Lenny" got a couple of brave words from scheduling chief Peter Tortorice, who said "we are anxious to see it back on our schedule in a time period where movie viewers will be available to enjoy it" ...

The network also announced that the premiere of "Sons and Daughters," a multi-generational family drama originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, has been postponed ...

Moving Right Along

C-SPAN will mark 10 years of viewer call-ins on Sunday's broadcast. Actor Peter Falk, House Speaker Tom Foley, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, musician Frank Zappa and former president Ronald Reagan are among the VIPs who will participate during the six-hour special ...

The program begins at 2 p.m. with the same panel of noted communications industry observers as on the first call-in show in 1980 ...

Sunday's broadcast of CBS's "60 Minutes" will include a segment on the work of the Washington chapter of Concerned Black Men Inc., which for the past three years has provided male teaching assistants in local schools. Steve Kroft's report will deal with their efforts at Stanton Elementary School in Southeast Washington ...

With the cancellation of "Money Politics," Channel 7 has revised its lineup of business-oriented shows on Sunday morning, starting this very weekend ...

"Showcase of Homes" will air at 10 a.m., followed by "It's Your Business" at 10:30, ABC News's "Business World" at 11 (celebrating its fourth year on the air this Sunday, incidentally), with "This Week With David Brinkley" moving back to 11:30 a.m... .

ABC News's "The Health Show" will air at 12:30 p.m., through Oct. 23 ...

Author Pat Choate yielded to Jesse Jackson's negotiating charms, agreeing to cancel his participation in the taping of "The Jesse Jackson Show" out at WRC yesterday after Japan's ambassador to the United States, Ryohei Murata informed Jackson he would not appear with the author of "Agents of Influence" -- a bestselling book that alleges Japan has mounted a powerful lobbying effort in this country ...

When Choate showed up for the taping, Jackson explained his dilemma, and the author agreed to appear on some future show ...

The ambassador had been unavailable for the previous week's show when Jackson had discussed reports of recent racial slurs against blacks by Japanese politicians but agreed to appear Thursday to discuss the allegations of racism and other issues ...

"CBS This Morning" will introduce new graphics on Monday -- lots of pastels and those odd-shaped, computer-enchanced cutouts currently favored at the network -- along with "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" as the new theme. The song from "Oklahoma" had been used in summertime promotions for the show ...

But oh, what a beautiful third quarter for "CBS This Morning"! -- up 10 percent in audience from the same July-September period a year ago. ABC's "Good Morning America" was up 17 percent. But NBC's "Today," without Jane Pauley, was off 18 percent from 1989 ...

For the weekend ending Sept. 28, GMA did a 4.4/22, compared with a 3.2/17 for "Today" and a 2.6/13 for the CBS show ...

Also at CBS News: Edie Magnus and Robert Krulwich have been named permanent Friday co-anchors of the new "America Tonight" program. Their show will be called "America Tonight: Friday." The Monday-Thursday regulars, Lesley ("Face the Nation") Stahl and Charles ("Sunday Morning") Kuralt, have Sunday programs to worry about every Friday ...

CBS News says the Magnus-Krulwich duo will anchor a slightly "more informal" half-hour ...

"America Tonight," by the way, continues to do well in news-mad Washington, averaging a 4.7/16 on Wednesday on Channel 9 after registering a 4.4/14 and 5.1/20 the first two nights of its premiere week here. In the 24 big-city Nielsen overnight ratings, the News division half-hour is up 61 percent over the fare previously supplied by CBS Entertainment at 11:30 ...

Ratingzzz Note: In case you didn't notice Wednesday night NBC added an extra five minutes to "Unsolved Mysteries" at 8 and shaved five from "Hunter" at 10 to even everything out ...

NBC won with a 13.4/22 for the night, followed by ABC and CBS -- whose "Top Cops" registered a strong 31.2/24 at 10 p.m. to outdistance "Hunter" (11.5/21) and ABC's "Cop Rock," which rolled in at 7.2/13, down from the 15.9/25 at 9 for "Doogie Howser, M.D." ...

Barbara Walters will conduct a live interview with Jordan's Queen Noor tonight on ABC News's "Nightline." Her Royal Highness will be at the ABC News bureau here, Walters in New York ...

Tony Martinez, who has been at WJLA since 1988, has been named weekend sports anchor. Kevin Kiley, who has schedule problems (he's doing football for TNT this fall), will henceforth fill in as a part-timer whenever Frank Herzog or Tony is on assignment ...

Susan Kraus, who has been vice president, media relations, for the National Association of Broadcasters, is leaving to become assistant vice president for national media relations at United Telecom/US Sprint here. No replacement for Kraus, who has been at NAB for more than 10 years, has been named ...