The BBC is coming

The revamped BBC World News telecast tailored for PBS is cleared in all 30 top markets and 46 of the 50 top markets, good for a U.S. TV household coverage of nearly 90%. For the first time, BBC World News will be seen on six major public television stations, including WTTW Chicago and WQED Pittsburgh.

Award for Wachtel

The Zimmer Children's Museum will honor Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programming at USA Network and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Prods., as part of its eighth annual Discovery Award dinner. The event is set for Nov. 6 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Stewart spikes

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" posted its most-watched week ever last week. Almost 2 million total viewers tuned in each night for the show's first week of originals since returning from the road covering the national presidential conventions.

No 'ER' visit for Clooney

George Clooney shot down reports that he is being wooed to reprise his role as Doug Ross on NBC's "ER," which ends its run this season. "I've never been asked or approached by anyone from the show about doing an episode of 'ER,' " he said.