Channel 7 District Building reporter Del Walters has been demoted from the highly visible District Building beat to general assignment reporting by news director Gary Wordlaw. He was replaced at the District Building by general assignment reporter Sam Ford ...

Wordlaw said last night that he wouldn't characterize Walters's new assignment as a demotion, calling it a "change of duties" instead. He said the new assignment was "rather prominent" ...

His demotion follows a report Tuesday in The Washington Post that Walters's wife, Robin, was planning to stage a fund-raiser for 500 guests at the couple's Herndon home for D.C. Mayor-elect Sharon Pratt Dixon ...

Wordlaw on Monday ordered Walters to cancel the fund-raiser hours after a Post reporter surprised Wordlaw with news of the planned party, which the reporter said he had cleared with a Channel 7 attorney but had not discussed with a news executive because WJLA was without a news director when the party was first scheduled ...

The change in assignment occurred Tuesday. "It's unfortunate," Wordlaw said yesterday, "but if you are a beat reporter you have to be above reproach. Del feels bad about this and we both do" ...

CBS correspondent Mike Wallace will air a "60 Minutes" report Sunday on the "Temple Mount Killings," the Oct. 8 incident in East Jerusalem during which Israelis used deadly force against rock-throwing Palestinians ...

The segment, produced by Barry Lando, is reportedly tough on the Israelis ...

Gary Coleman, the former star of NBC's "Diff'rent Strokes," has been hospitalized in Arizona with kidney problems, according to his publicist ...

Michael Gerety said Coleman was "resting comfortably and in good spirits" and was expected to be released within a week ...

Although Gerety refused to name the hospital or the Arizona city, a Tucson University Medical Center source said the actor was listed in serious but stable condition yesterday after being admitted under the name Milos Shea ...

The 22-year-old actor was stable "and is expected to make a complete recovery," Gerety said. The 4-foot-7 actor has had two kidney transplants and has a history of renal disease ...

Michael Cunningham, senior vice president for finance at WETA, has resigned after 17 years with the public broadcasting station, effective Dec. 7 ...

WETA comptroller John Degenhard has been named acting chief financial officer ...

In a statement, Cunningham said, "I will miss all my friends at WETA, but it's time in my career to take on other challenges. When I came to WETA, WETA was a $5 million operation. This year, the stations will operate on a $50 million budget. They are financially sound, and I'm proud of that" ...

WETA president Sharon Rockefeller said, "We will all miss Michael," and pointed out that "he has kept WETA fiscally sound and secure in times when many other public broadcasting stations have experienced severe financial difficulties. His leadership on WETA's behalf to find a new location in the District of Columbia has been invaluable" ...

Now ThisNews divisions at the major networks -- faced with mounting costs in the Persian Gulf and as President Bush continues his busy round of overseas visits -- are all cutting the size of the staffs accompanying Bush on his trip to South America next week ...

NBC, CBS and Cable News Network will eliminate editing on the ground during the visit to the five countries and instead will satellite their correspondents' reports "in bulk" to New York -- or, in CNN's case, Atlanta -- for editing each day ...

ABC News, however, has chosen to include an editing staff in its traveling party, but, like the others, is cutting overall staff for the trip ...

All four news divisions are under heavy pressure from top network management. The cost-cutting measures for the upcoming South American trip were at the instigation of NBC News. CBS News will provide the pool for the Dec. 2-8 trip, which begins in Brasilia, and moves on to Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires; Santiago, Chile; and Caracas, Venezuela ...

On this trip, each network's usual practice of sending unilateral producers is out and ground operations in each capital visited will be sharply curtailed except for the "bulk feed" via satellite each day ...

Tim Russert, NBC News Washington bureau chief, said yesterday that "George Bush is a budget-buster; his globe-trotting is wreaking havoc with everybody's budget" ...

Most bureau chiefs agree that President Bush's visit will be of considerably less interest "editorially" than his Thanksgiving week trip to Prague, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Cairo and Geneva ...

All four networks are sending only two correspondents, two producers and two camera crews this trip, compared with three on the recent presidential overseas trip ...

CBS, NBC and CNN are each expected to cut about $150,000 from the $400,000 that probably would have been budgeted for a "normal" seven-day trip with the president. ABC's savings will be less ...

From their White House correspondent staffs, CNN will dispatch Frank Sesno and Charles Bierbauer; CBS is sending Wyatt Andrews and Jackie Adams; NBC, John Cochran and Jim Miklascewski; and ABC, Brit Hume and Kyle Gibson ...

"This is very much a conscious effort -- approved by the bureau chiefs and their foreign editors -- to reduce costs on a trip that simply doesn't have as much news interest," said one bureau chief. "We all have to provide protective coverage, in case, God forbid, something untoward happens, and we obviously have to be there to get a presidential reaction to any news that is coming out of the Persian Gulf. Outside of that, I don't see much big news" ...

ABC Washington bureau chief George Watson said "this has been a very expensive year for all the networks and certainly we're trying to do what is necessary but save where we can." He said the inclusion of an editing staff, an additional four or five people, would provide "more flexibility" than editing in New York ...

Although the networks will save money with the staff cuts, there will be a "slight" increase in satellite costs because of the "bulk" transmissions each day ...

Moving Right AlongLate Saturday night, in conjunction with International AIDS Day, ABC Entertainment will offer a 90-minute special, "Red, Hot and Blue," which will feature rock and pop stars' versions of Cole Porter songs (Channel 7, 11:30 p.m.) ...

The special will be hosted by Carrie Fisher, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg and Kyle MacLachlan ...

Yesterday, ABC said a special toll-free number (1-800-342-AIDS) for viewers wanting information about AIDS will be broadcast at the conclusion of the special. The 24-hour AIDS hot line, staffed by professionals from the Centers for Disease Control, will provide, free of charge, information about HIV and AIDS-related illnesses. The center also offers a service for the hearing-impaired ...

PBS's "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" will add simultaneous Spanish translations to its broadcasts, starting in January ...

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is contributing $290,000 to fund a year of the English-Spanish broadcasts, said the PBS news hour will be the first nationally distributed news program to offer such a service ...

The technology used in the broadcasts involves what is known as the second audio program (SAP) channel, found primarily on TV sets equipped for stereo sound. Viewers will push the SAP button on their sets to receive the Spanish translations ...

Thirty-seven PBS stations reaching more than half the nation's 22 million Hispanics will carry the translation ...

At the conclusion of today's "CBS This Morning," viewers will see a big yellow cake with white butter frosting to mark the third anniversary of the show (you need the white frosting so the logo can show up better on TV) ...

This has been a busy week on PBS for Bill Moyers, taking apart the Iran-contra scandal and visiting Florence, Italy ...

At least six more Moyers specials -- to be produced by his Public Affairs Television out of New York -- are in the works for PBS in 1991 including, on Jan. 16, a 90-minute documentary called "All Our Children," which will look at children at risk, followed by a 60-minute live debate on the subject ...

On Feb. 6, PBS will air a special featuring Bernice Reagon, the founder and lead singer of Washington's Sweet Honey in the Rock singing group. Reagon is also a curator of the Smithsonian Institution and a historian who specializes in African American life ...

In mid-March, Moyers plans a special on the scandals and moves for reform in college athletics. In May, he will examine the subject of hatred in "Beyond Hate" ...

Oh goody. Roseanne Barr's ex-husband, Bill Pentland, will be on tomorrow morning's "Donahue" (Channel 9 at 9) to talk about his lawsuit against Rosie ...