"DONAHUE" IN THE SOVIET UNION--3 p.m. Monday-Friday (4)--The Soviet Union's new policy of glasnost or openness is continuing, and apparently Phil Donahue is one of the benefactors.
Most of this week's batch of "Donahue" segments is the result of 10 days of production in the Soviet Union last month, making New York-based "Donahue" the first American talk show to tape inside that country, according to the show's publicists.
Monday's opening segment focuses on the Soviet family. Tuesday's show is keyed to Soviet teenagers. Wednesday's program, showing Donahue's visit to Chernobyl and other sensitive Soviet sites, may give some indication of how much freedom the talk-show host was allowed by the Kremlin.
Thursday's hour is "spacebridge" dialogue between Soviet and U.S. journalists that was scheduled to be taped this week after Donahue's return from the Soviet Union. The week concludes with a program from Leningrad.