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WJLA’s Arch Campbell to Sign Off Thursday Evening After 40 Years on Washington TVs

arch-campbellOn Friday we wrote that 40 year District TV veteran Arch Campbell would today depart WJLA and News Channel 8, and he’s since cleared the air that he’s not retiring, merely, taking a break.

Campbell clarified with FishbowlDC that while he’s headed to his hometown of San Antonio, it’s just a quick trip for a high school reunion. In his email, he said that he plans to stay in Washington and has some other projects on the books.

As first reported last week by DCRTV, and in a Washington Post article Wednesday evening, Campbell said that WJLA and News Channel 8′s new owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, will “leave the door open for (gasp!) my possible return.” Read more

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40 Year DC TV Veteran Arch Campbell to Leave WJLA

arch-campbellDCRTV reports that WJLA and News Channel 8′s Arch Campbell is set to leave local news and his Thursday and Friday evening hosting gig of the entertainment and comedy program “The Arch Campbell Show.”

Campbell has reported on movies, theatre and entertainment in Washington for more than 40 years, with WJLA since 2007, and NBC4 for 32 years prior. Campbell’s departure comes weeks after the completed sale of WJLA and News Channel 8 from Allbritton Communications to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Campbell shared with DCRTV that he’s headed to his hometown of San Antonio and will continue to post movie reviews at ArchCampbell.org. DCRTV reports that Campbell shared on Facebook, “The new owners of 7 and 8 have graciously asked me to let them know if and when I want to return. But right now I’m taking a break. I have a couple of exciting projects ahead and a few personal things to do.”

Campbell’s last day on air in Washington will be August 28.

Michelle Monaghan Premieres ‘Fort Bliss’ at G.I. Film Festival

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 10.34.00As part of the G.I. Film Festival in Alexandria this past weekend, actress Michelle Monaghan was in town for the premiere of “Fort Bliss,” the story of “a decorated Army medic and single mother [who] returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan to discover that she must now find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier.”

Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan sat down with Monaghan to discuss her experiences with and respect for the military, choices between motherhood and career, and her role in the film. Check it out, after the jump. Read more

PREMIERE: ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ – Inside One of Afghanistan’s Most Hostile Valleys

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Photo credit: “The Hornet’s Nest”

Wednesday night at the Navy Memorial Heritage Theater, BASE Productions’ hosted a screening of its new film, “The Hornet’s Nest,” premiering throughout the country in theaters this weekend.

The true story follows US troops for what was supposed to be a single day mission inside one of Afghanistan’s most hostile valleys that ended after nine days of combat. “The Hornet’s Nest” is the work of veteran network news correspondent Mike Boettcher, and his son Carlos Boettcher, formerly with ABC News.

We chatted with John Brenkus, co-founder of BASE Productions and creator and on-air host of ”ESPN Sport Science,” on his experience with the project. See our Q&A, after the jump. Read more