NBC News correspondent Jamie Gangel is moving up the ladder at the network ...

She's been named principal Washington correspondent for the weekend editions of "NBC Nightly News," which includes the weekend White House beat ...

Gangel, who has been on general assignment at the Washington bureau, was assignment editor for WJLA from 1978 to '82 and a reporter for WTOP radio. She then spent a year with WPLG in Miami before joining NBC in 1983. Word is the network is "planning a major role for her" ...

Meanwhile, correspondent Sandy Gilmour, who has been number three on the NBC White House team, behind John Cochran and Jim Miklaszewski, has been named Washington correspondent for NBC News's 24-hour affiliate News Channel, which began operation over New Year's out of North Carolina. Gilmour does the 5 and 6 p.m. feeds to the affiliates out of Washington ...

Miklaszewski replaces Gilmour on "NBC News at Sunrise" and will continue reporting for the "Today" show ...

Speaking of which: The conjecture about Katie Couric and the "Today" show is a little premature. She definitely will substitute for Deborah Norville when the latter goes on maternity leave in March, but the network hasn't made a decision about whether Norville will return to the show later in the year. So Couric's long-range status is likewise still up in the air, no matter what you read ...

But there's no doubt she's a favorite. Couric, national correspondent for "Today," has been the top substitute for Norville for some time. Tonight, Couric will substitute for Tom Brokaw on "NBC Nightly News" ...

Brokaw returns to the air Monday after a vacation. He and his wife, Meredith, spent New Year's in the Amazon rain forest of Brazil at a Smithsonian Institution research station in Manaus. They were accompanied by Tom Lovejoy, assistant secretary for external affairs at the Smithsonian, and an NBC News camera crew ...

Researchers are attempting to determine the critical size of ecosystems in the rain forest. But you knew that ...

And speaking of wandering anchors, Peter Jennings returns to the air Monday on "ABC World News Tonight." "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather has been reporting from Saudi Arabia since Wednesday ...

More "Today": Anchor Bryant Gumbel, who remains firmly in charge of the deck chairs on the listing morning show, marks his ninth year on the program (how do we phrase this?) today ...

That ties him with Dave Garroway and Hugh Downs on the Longevity List, although the departed Jane Pauley served 13 years with the program, not all of them as an anchor, however ...

Now ThisChannel 7 will premiere "Working Woman," a series based on the magazine of the same title, published by Lange Communications, at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 ...

Education reporter Kathleen Matthews will anchor the half-hour program, which is set for 26 original shows, plus 11 midsummer repeats. Bill Cosmas is executive producer; Fran Murphy is program producer ...

To give you an idea of what "Working Woman" has to offer, the January issue cover story tells women "how to get what you're worth -- the hard facts, the hot strategies" and includes the 12th annual working woman salary survey, fashion tips, a feature on "cultural diversity in today's corporation" and "the career woman's guide to fertility" ...

Seven, which seems to be gradually putting it all together again after the tumultuous summer cuts, is also planning to restore its "Seven on Your Side" consumer feature. And ace consumer reporter Roberta Baskin is expected to get an expanded role ...

Has NBC Entertainment goofed? The network announced it was canceling "Grand" a while ago, but after showing Parts I and II of a concluding III-parter on Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, has pulled it off the air -- without scheduling Part III (an oversight that rates III !!!s in our book). Said a network spokesman yesterday: "No plans right now for Part III" ...

Lee Thornton, who teaches at Howard University and has been a consultant since September for the show, has been named senior producer of "Jesse Jackson." The former CBS News correspondent replaces Ken Walker, who had the title of program executive ...

Incidentally, last Sunday's show averaged a 2.4 combined Nielsen rating in the 135 markets where it airs, according to executive producer Adam Clayton Powell III. That's double the average from 10 weeks ago ...

Locally, the show averaged a 1.8/10 (*) on Channel 4, second in the market for the 8 a.m. Sunday time period, but far behind the cartoon lineup on Channel 20, which averaged a 4.6 rating ...

Now ThisNBC Entertainment Group chairman Brandon Tartikoff remained in satisfactory condition at the Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev., yesterday. His daughter, Calla, 8, remained in serious condition in the pediatric intensive-care unit there ...

They were injured Tuesday in an automobile accident in Glenbrook, Nev., near the Tartikoff vacation home on Lake Tahoe ...

Tartikoff suffered a broken pelvis, rib injuries and multiple lacerations. His daughter received a serious head injury ...

NBC said yesterday that a special phone line set up for the Tartikoffs' family and friends (to help free the hospital's limited phone facilities) was so busy Wednesday that it became overloaded. Within 15 minutes the hospital recorded 100 calls for the executive before service was restored on the special number. Some six tapes with recorded get-well messages were filled within hours ...

Because of the volume, a second private phone line has been installed for the use of family and close friends with messages. The public special number in Reno is 702-328-4040 ...

A couple of big-name surprises as WRC fills the on-air roster for its "7:30 Headline News," which debuts Monday, Jan. 14, on WFTY ...

In addition to Wendy Rieger as anchor, WRC has signed WTOP business reporter Frank Barnako to handle (what else?) business. And Bob Ryan and Tom Kierein will do weather, while George Michael and Wally Bruckner will divide the sports duties ...

ABC News has scheduled a special "A Line in the Sand: War or Peace?" on Monday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. (it will already be Jan. 15, the U.N. deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, in the Persian Gulf). Peter Jennings will anchor ...

William Lee Hanley Jr., a Republican member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board since February 1984, has resigned as of Dec. 31 ...

In a letter to CPB president Donald Ledwig, the Connecticut businessman cited steadily increased commitments to business and his post as chairman of Greenwich Hospital as reasons for his withdrawal. His term would have expired in March 1992 ...

Hanley's resignation leaves the 10-member board one short. But five more terms expire in March and the guessing is President Bush may well delay appointing a successor to Hanley until sometime this spring ...

The Public Broadcasting Service has named Sandra Welch as executive vice president for education. She replaces Dee Brock, who left PBS last summer ...

Welch has been deputy executive director and chief operating officer of Kentucky Educational Television. She joins PBS Feb. 1 ...

Hmmmmm. We hear Gordon Barnes, the longtime Channel 9 weathercaster, who left to track thunderstorms for a Florida TV station, wants to return to this market ...

More RatingzzzChannel 9's coverage of the swearing-in of D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday led rival stations, averaging a 5.6 rating (*) and a 21 share ...

The one-hour interview "The President and Mrs. Bush Talking With David Frost -- 1991," which aired Wednesday night, averaged a 4.1 rating and a 7 share on Channel 26 here ...

The First Couple's approval rating was higher in the top five Nielsen markets, however. In New York, L.A., Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, the program averaged a 5.2 rating ...

The next of Frost's six interview specials is scheduled for Feb. 6 but the interviewee is still a Secret!!! ...

On the big networks Wednesday night, NBC won the night as "Story Behind the Story" averaged a 13.4/21 at 9 in the national Nielsens (**). On ABC, a busted pilot, "The Brotherhood," at 10 p.m. averaged an 8.7/l5 ...

(*) Each local ratings point represents 17,491 TV homes; (**) a national point, 931,000 homes ...