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FCC Approves Sale of WJLA, News Channel 8 to Sinclair Broadcast Group

sinclair_allbrittonThe FCC yesterday approved the sale of Allbritton Communications, owner of WJLA and News Channel 8, to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal was announced in July 2013 pending FCC approval for $985 million.

According to TVSpy, with the acquisition, ”Sinclair owns, operates, programs or provides sales service to 162 stations in 78 markets. Sinclair stations now reach nearly 40 percent of US television households.”

POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton, who’s family owned Allbritton Communications for nearly four decades, tweeted:

In an interview for POLITICO, he touted the successes of POLITICO - not WJLA or News Channel 8 - and supported the future of Internet-based communications. Read more

Hey Isn’t That…NBC4′s Angie Goff on MSNBC’s ‘First Look’ ?

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This week, NBC4 weekend anchor Angie Goff has been filling in for her NBC colleagues on vacay on the sets of NBC’s “Early Today” and MSNBC’s “First Look.”

Looking hot as ever, check her out live from the Big Apple tomorrow before returning to the District this weekend to resume her reporting and anchoring duties with NBC Washington.

John McCain on ‘the Media’ with ‘MediaBuzz’ Host Howard Kurtz

McCainHost Howard Kurtz sat down with John McCain in a pre-recorded interview on his relationship with the press during yesterday’s “MediaBuzz” on Fox News Channel.

On Jon Stewart‘s position as a social critic with a sizeable following among young people, McCain said, ”Listen, he’s a very entertaining and funny guy. When he says things which he’s entitled to – after all he is a late night comic – that are absolutely wrong, he gets away with it and it is what it is. I frankly have no beef with late night comedians who make fun of politicians. That’s the nature of the business. I do resent when respected commentators who are columnists particularly say things that absolutely are contradicted by the facts, like, ‘Oh well, we wanted to leave a force behind in Iraq but the Iraqi’s wouldn’t take it.’ That’s just wrong.” Read more

FAIR Report Shows White Males Lead Cable News Guest Spots

Layout 1A recent report by FAIR – Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting – sheds interesting light on what guests we see on cable news.

The group surveyed five weeks of six evening cable programs including CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ and “OutFront With Erin Burnett,” MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes“ and the “Rachel Maddow Show,” and Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.”

Of the 1,015 guests that appeared on the program, 848 (84%) were white and 730 (72%) were male.

Democrats topped Republicans for those with a partisan affiliation, 104 to 84. Also explored, the type of guests – media, government officials, academics and business representatives, that appeared on the program.

Click on over to FAIR for a full look at their findings.

DC Media Cover Downed Malaysia Airlines Jet

cnn-breaking-news1This morning, a Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

Anderson Cooper quickly took over coverage for CNN’s John Berman, with CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta contributing to the report. The network will reschedule “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the crash.

Fox News Channel national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has been reporting on the matter from the Pentagon.

CBS News’ Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Jeff Pegues have reported from D.C. and the network is sending foreign correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine, Seth Doane to Malaysia, and foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.

ABC News’ Martha RaddatzJonathan Karl, and Jim Avila have each contributed to network coverage. Tonight’s ”World News” will air an extended broadcast tonight to cover the crash from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with David Muir anchoring.

Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59 p.m. on NBC.

Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Speaks to WSJ Reporter in Gaza on Strike that Left 4 Children Dead

On this afternoon’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the CNN host spoke over the phone with The Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview.

Casey was located near where a recent strike took place in Gaza that left several dead, including four children.

“Their names were Ismail, Mohammed, Zw-Karia, and Ahed,” Tapper said during the program. “They were 8 years old, 10, 10, and 11. One moment they were playing soccer on a beach. The next, they were dead. Forget for a moment what you think of Hamas or the Netanyahu government. Forget the questions you have about the tactics or the prospects of peace. Just think for one second about four little boys going to the beach to play soccer and being killed. Killed by the Israeli Military…And while you’re thinking of these Palestinian boys, maybe also take a moment to think about the Israeli children killed by Palestinian terrorists in this conflict. Say for instance, the kidnapped three teenage boys, one of them with American citizenship. Is there room in your heart for all seven of these boys, Jewish and Palestinian alike?”

See Tapper’s interview with Casey, below.

Hillary Clinton Completes Career Aptitude Test Administered by Jon Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

Hillary Clinton sat down with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” last night as part of her media blitz surrounding the Hard Choices of her time as Secretary of State.

Stewart began the interview by saying, ”It’s an incredibly complex, and well-reasoned, and eye-witness view to the history of those four years. I think I speak for everybody when I say, ‘No one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for President’.”

The former First Lady went on to take a career aptitude test administered by Stewart to see whether she’s suited for a term as president.

The test touched on whether Clinton prefers commuting to work or having a home office, that home office would have corners or be rounded, and whether she prefers to sit in or cause traffic.

For the results, and the rest of her commentary, see the below videos of Clinton’s latest “Daily Show” appearance.

Part 2 after the jump. Read more

Former CBS Washington Bureau Chief Bill Small to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

cropped-cropped-cropped-Logo-Revert-011Nominees for the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards were announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and former CBS Washington bureau chief William J. Small is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Small served as CBS’s DC bureau chief from 1962-1974, later serving as president of NBC News.

Bill Small is an icon in the television news industry,” said Chuck Dages, chairman of the NATAS. “As Bureau Chief of the CBS Washington News office throughout the 60′s and 70′s, he was paramount in the dramatic evolution of network news that continues today. Recruiting the likes of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Bill Moyers, Ed Bradley, Diane Sawyer and Lesley Stahl among many others, he changed not only who we watched each evening but how.”

PBS leads with 43 Emmy nominations, followed by CBS with 42, ABC with 19 and NBC with 13. The Military Channel and the Smithsonian each received one nomination.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at Lincoln Center in New York City.

For a full list of nominees, click here.

Hillary Clinton to Join Jon Stewart on Tonight’s ‘Daily Show’ on Comedy Central

ds_08043_04_gst_v6Tune in tonight at 11 p.m. for Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as the latest stop on her never-ending media blitz for her book Hard Choices.

This will be the former Secretary of State’s third appearance on the program, having appeared in 2003 while a Senator of New York and in 2008 during her presidential campaign.

Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson to Join NBC News as Network Correspondent

HallieJacksonAn internal note from NBC News SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced that Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson will join the network as a correspondent. Jackson covered political and national events in Washington, D.C. for 26 Hearst affiliates since 2012.

Verdi highlighted her ability to work in digitally-integrated environments across platforms in his memo to staff, after the jump.

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