CBS News has announced that Barry Petersen, Moscow bureau chief and correspondent since March 1988, is being transferred to London, as of Jan. 1 ...

Anthony Mason will replace Petersen as correspondent in Moscow, but no bureau chief has been picked for the Soviet Union post. Mason has spent the past three years in London ...

Both have impressed management the past couple of years covering the revolutionary political changes on the Continent ...

With the elections over, this is the anxious time at the network news divisions when managements review correspondent performances (and contracts) and ponder the reassignments for the major posts -- the plums and the lemons -- here and abroad ...

This year the reviews will be extra tough at all of the networks because of pressures to cut costs in the face of the Persian Gulf crisis and the industry-wide advertising slump. ABC, CBS and NBC have been undergoing staff reductions, using attrition wherever possible as a relatively painless way of cutting payrolls ...

At CBS News a continuing budget review in recent weeks has put the futures of at least two dozen employees (out of nearly 1,100) in peril ...

Although management is trying to find jobs within the company, perhaps half of those notified have already left, and more cuts can be expected before the end of the year ...

The cutback in appearances of "Face to Face With Connie Chung," originally slated to be a weekly show, and the elimination of a planned series of education specials in late summer left several "underemployed" ...

"CBS This Morning" is expected to lose about half a dozen. Some have found work on the new "America Tonight," but that program's future is similarly in doubt after the first of the year -- although CBS News hopes that it can keep a late-night timeslot in place should war break out in the Persian Gulf ...

Last week, rumors circulated in New York that CBS News faced a major, 12.5 percent cut across the board this coming week but one News executive, who asked not to be named, emphatically denied the report ...

"The process has been going on for several weeks," he said, "as part of our annual budget review. What we've done, we've tried to do subtly and quietly, trying to place people elsewhere in the company and being as fair and evenhanded as we can be ...

"Basically we're looking at the unnecessary job or the under-utilized personnel. But I can't assure you there won't be more {cuts} over the next few weeks" ...

Channel 32 -- which has expanded its local programming considerably during the past year -- revives one of the biggest local news stories of the late 1970s tonight with the first of two half-hour programs called "Terrence Johnson: Justice Served, Justice Denied?" at 8 p.m... .

In 1978, Johnson, then 15, shot and killed two Prince George's County police officers. The racially charged circumstances of his arrest and the 1979 trial in which he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison divided the community ...

WHMM producer-reporter Gia Hinton, who spent two years on the story, says these are the first interviews Johnson has ever given ...

In tonight's broadcast, Johnson, at the Baltimore City Correction Center, will recount what happened at the time of his arrest. In tomorrow night's broadcast he will tell what it was like growing up in prison and will talk about the victims' families, offering them a "special message" ...

During his prison stay Johnson has earned a bachelor of arts degree and has married. He has a stepchild ...

Following tomorrow's broadcast, WHMM will present a special "Evening Exchange" live one-hour call-in program at 8:30, as host Kojo Nnamdi and guests examine the issue of sentencing juveniles as adults and the impact of placing them in adult correctional facilities ...

WHMM general manager Ed Jones said last week that the Johnson story "sends a message to young people today, some of whom are becoming part of the criminal justice system in increasing numbers, that prison cuts lives short. Though Johnson is up for parole, his life has been traumatically changed forever" ...

In Other News

A memorial service for William S. Paley, founder and chairman of the board of CBS Inc., is this morning at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Midtown Manhattan ...

Speakers will be Frank Stanton, David Rockefeller, Henry A. Kissinger, Walter Cronkite, Marietta Tree and members of the Paley family. Mr. Paley died Oct. 26 at the age of 89 ...

That one-hour "Cheers" special Thursday night marking the series's 200th episode gave NBC Entertainment plenty to cheer about (we reserved that slight play on words just for the holiday, TV Column fans)...

The network says "Cheers's" 29.5 national Nielsen rating and 44 percent audience share made it the highest-rated network sitcom in almost two years, since "The Cosby Show" achieved a 29.8/45 in January 1989 ...

By comparison, the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" farewell on CBS in March 1977, did a 25.5 rating ...

Currently, a national ratings point represents 931,000 TV homes ...

NBC estimated that 52 million viewers saw the "Cheers" hour, although those meanies at ABC research insist the total was a barely-worth-mentioning 49.5 million ...

Regardless, "Cheers" excelled in the demographics. The networks, having lost their overwhelming edge in total audiences, now love to emphasize -- for advertisers -- their successes in attracting specific audiences ...

"Cheers" lured 57 percent of women 18-34 who were watching TV Thursday night; 48 percent of women 35-49; 53 percent of men 18-34; 41 percent of men 35-49; 43 percent of teens and even 34 percent of the 2-to-11 crowd, most of whom, according to Uncle Airwaves, should have been in bed at that hour ...

You won't be surprised to learn that NBC had no trouble winning the night with a large 22.0/34 rating from 8 to 11, compared with a 10.3/16 for CBS, a 9.9/16 for ABC and a 7.4/11 for FOX, between 8 and 10 ...

"The Cosby Show"/"The Simpsons" contest watchers should know that NBC's Bill took FOX's Bart 17.9/27 (27.9 million viewers) to 14.9/22 (26 million) on Thursday. ABC's "Father Dowling" in that first hour averaged an 11.6/17 while CBS's "Top Cops" did an 8.5/13 head-to-head with the Big Guys at 8 ...

In other results that night, ABC's "Gabriel's Fire" did an 8.7/13 and "PrimeTime Live" a 9.5/16 ...

On CBS, an hour of "The Flash" did a 9.4/14, "Doctor, Doctor," which featured an appearance by CBS Entertainment president Jeff Sagansky, a 6.4/10 (Jeff, hang on to that day job, okay?) and "Knots Landing" a 14.1/24 ...

Former 'Skin Dexter Manley and his agent, Bob Woolf, will be on "CBS This Morning" this morning at 7:15, just in case you're already up and poring over your TV Column at that ungodly hour ...

Which reminds us: "CBS This Morning" finished third in the morning network race last week with a 2.6/12, behind ABC's "Good Morning America," at 4.9/22, and NBC's "Today" show, at 3.3/15 ...

That's the highest rating for GMA since March 1987, its biggest margin over "Today" since May ... and its 44th straight week at the top ...

For irrelevant comparison on a slow day, a quick search of the Airwaves Archives reveals that a CBS morning entry hasn't finished as high as second since the week ending Dec. 30, 1983 ...

ACE Nominations

Nominations were announced last week for the cable industry's version of the Oscars/Emmys, the 12th annual ACE (as in Awards for Cable Excellence) awards ...

The ACE winners will be announced in ceremonies to be seen Jan. 13 on several cable networks ...

Home Box Office lapped the field several times with a total of 100 nominations, with Showtime and TNT a distant second with 31 each ...

Next was the Disney Channel with 26, followed by ESPN (22), the Discovery Channel (18), Cable News Network (15) and Lifetime and MTV (12 each) ...

Among the 29 networks that received a total of 361 nominations, TBS got nine; Bravo, eight; USA Network, seven; Nickelodeon, six; Financial News Network and VH-1, both five; and CNBC and HA! TV Comedy Network, both four ...

Prime Ticket Network took three, and the Family Channel, the Nashville Network and the Travel Channel received two each. Receiving one each were American Movie Classics, C-SPAN, Showtime Event Television, SportsChannel Chicago, the Movie Channel, the Weather Channel and Turner Broadcasting System ...

Three HBO offerings led the nomination list with "Tales From the Crypt" taking 12, "Dream On" 10, and the "Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow" special, seven ...

Also getting seven nominations were TNT's "Heat Wave," Showtime's "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and HBO's "The Image" ...

TNT's "Max and Helen" received six, while both Disney's "Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme" and Showtime's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A Nightmare Classic" took five ...