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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 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.

Clooney, Campbell, and Peterson network over ‘Network’

NickClooney.jpg WJLA’s Arch Campbell and Gordon Peterson were the guests for last night’s Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney Film Series event, a co-production of American University’s School of Communication and the Newseum.

Asked to select their favorite journalism film, the longtime D.C. news men picked the TV-news skewering “Network”. While host Nick Clooney (father of George), distinguished journalist in residence at AU and the Newseum, jokingly referred to the 1976 classic as a documentary, the film hits eerily close to home for those who have worked in TV news.

Peterson recalled that after he first saw the film in 1976, a colleague described the film as absurd and unrealistic. Peterson’s reply? “Be patient,” he recalled. Campbell added “I think it (the film’s portrayal of TV news) came true.

“The real message is as long as you don’t impact the corporate profits – even if it is a crazed anchor bent on committing suicide on air as is the case in the movie – they’re (management) is fine with it.”

The event also marked the launch of a partnership between Allbritton’s forthcoming D.C. news Web site – to be led by AU alum and former executive editor of Jim Brady – and AU’s School of Communication.

Partnership plans include student-produced content and internships, among other opportunities. “Larry Kirkman, the dean of the School of Communication, and I were just talking about this film,” Brady said during introductory remarks. “The most famous line is ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.’ Well now, journalism students don’t have to take it anymore,” he said of the opportunities today’s journalists have to seek employment beyond the mainstream media.

This not lost on Campbell, Clooney, and Peterson as they reminisced about TV news before the digial era. “In 1976 I could do a 5-minute story,” Peterson said, noting that stories were also shot and edited on film, making for a longer turnaround.

Joked Clooney, “You know, they’re looking at us as if we’re in rocking chairs up here.” Clooney.

A special thanks to Maggie Barrett, American University’s public information officer, for the contents of this post.

“Network” with Clooney, Campbell and Peterson

network-movie-poster.jpg As part of American University’s School of Communication, “Reel Journalism” series, journalists will convene on March 22 to watch and discuss the classic 1976 satire about network news, “Network”, at the Newseum.

WHO: Nick Clooney, journalist-in-residence, Newseum and American University School of Communication; Gordon Peterson, senior correspondent and anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV; and Arch Campbell, entertainment reporter, ABC7/WJLA-TV

Tickets are available at
NOTE TO EDITORS: Journalists are invited to cover the event. Please contact Jonathan Thompson,

Morning Reading List, 03.19.08

Good morning Washington.

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  • Most of you read the Drudge Report every single day.


  • Helen Fessenden is joining Congress Daily as managing editor of the PM edition.

  • Former Technology Daily Staff Writer Michael Martinez has moved onto WAMU, where he is now a producer at the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

  • Why isn’t your local newspaper surviving on the Web? Because there are too many media outlets selling the exact same news.”

  • Mark Carter Named CCJ Executive Director and Goldenson Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism

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  • “In a week when the Democrats dominated campaign coverage, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain may have been the candidate to fare the best in the media, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage from March 10-16.”

  • Somewhere East of Eden: Why the St. Pete Times model can’t save newspapers

  • McClatchy sees revenues fall

  • Too Much Access? McCain Campaign Reporter: ‘It Gets To The Point Where You Just Want Them To Shut Up Sometimes’

  • Former GW University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg tells us that free newspapers have returned to GW’s campus. “Two years after the ‘second termination’ students once again have access to free newspapers. I confess I am delighted as I trust are Donald Graham and Arthur Sulzberger. I know that newspaper readership is going down all over the country but I’m pleased at least on my campus, it is not going down without a fight.”

  • Newspaper Marketing Taking a Hit from the Do-Not-Call List?

  • Thomson Financial reports, “Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said the US economic slowdown will hurt some media and entertainment companies, as the cutbacks in consumer discretionary spending could be reflected in as diverse areas as the number of attendees at The Walt Disney Co’s amusement parks and ad revenue at Time Warner Inc’s magazines or News Corp’s newspapers.”

  • Newspapers Should Focus on Local News — But Not Forget Bigger Picture

  • The New York Times reports, “The New York Times Company has struck a deal with a pair of hedge funds that want to shake up the company, giving the funds two seats on the board in order to avoid a proxy fight, the two sides announced Monday. The agreement with Harbinger Capital Partners and Firebrand Partners marks the first time since the Times Company went public in 1967 that it has accepted directors nominated by outsiders, Times Company executives said.”

  • Market Watch reports, “The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that its advertising revenue for February fell 6.6% to $148 million.”

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  • Candy Crowley: “I was so sleep deprived once that I found myself brushing my teeth with moisturizer.”

  • Jay Rosen: “Obama Tells the Best Political Team on Television: You Guys Have a Choice…

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that Tucker Carlson is planning to heard straight to Fox News as soon as his NBC/MSNBC contract is up, and his non-compete clause expires. Carlson ain’t happy that his MSNBC show got axed. Also, look for former WMAL News Director John Matthews to also wind up at Fox News, in some behind-the-scenes gig, we’re told. More soon…..

  • Study finds TV’s war coverage is way down

  • Ben Stein explains how business news became the new Victoria’s Secret catalog

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ placed first among Adults 25-54 for the week of March 10-14. The ABC News broadcast averaged a 2.0/8 and 2.51 million, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 60,000 demo viewers and tying in the demo rating/share. Among Total Viewers, the ABC News broadcast averaged 8.1 million, placing second.”

  • Check out The Arch Campbell Variety Show at the Arlington Drafthouse, “a monthly fun and unique live stage show hosted by Arch Campbell.” It is this Friday, March 21. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

  • Media Daily News reports, “Big video content producers need to come up with aggregate ratings that combine television viewing with online video consumption, says Patrick Keane, vice president and chief marketing officer for CBS Interactive, speaking Monday morning at MediaPost’s OMMA Global conference in Hollywood. The combined rating would provide media buyers with a cross-platform option that’s simpler and more detailed in terms of data, because of online metrics.”

  • Washington Post reported yesterday, “The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will rule on the government’s standards for policing the public airwaves for the first time since the court agreed 30 years ago that a midday radio broadcast of comedian George Carlin’s ‘seven dirty words’ monologue was indecent.”

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition.”

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  • A Slate release announced, “Slate, the daily online magazine, today launches a legal blog featuring some of the most prominent voices in law. ‘Convictions,’ the law blog, will include daily commentary from a wide range of legal professionals, including Slate’s Jurisprudence columnists Dahlia Lithwick and Emily Bazelon and top litigators and law professors across the country.”

  • We should have online rules.

  • CNet reports, “It might not be Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive, but New York City will be getting its own digital-culture festival. Called Internet Week New York (OK, they could have picked a better name), it will span June 3 to 10 and encompass several existing events like Federated Media Publishing’s Conversational Marketing Summit, Advertising Age’s Advertising 2.0 conference, and the 12th annual Webby Awards.”

  • Norman Geras writes, “Was Czechoslovakia in 1975 a better place politically than the US is in 2008? I know what my answer to that question would be. But what is Tim Dowling’s answer? I couldn’t tell you. All I can do is point you towards the set of comparisons he offers. … There you go — low approval ratings for both Husak and Bush.”

  • Terry Heaton writes, “When the Internet bubble burst early in the new millennium, many smart people learned the harshest of all business lessons: when the money’s gone, there is no business. Great ideas aren’t self-sustaining, and when the investors decide they’ve given enough, it’s over, unless you can actually make money. Business is business, and while many of us frolicked in the coolness of innovation, those who paid attention to the bottom line were stressed to the max. In the end, it’s always about the money.”

  • Pulitzer Prize nominee George Archibald has had another run in with the Middleburg, Virginia police. This time he was received a “misdemeanor citation for having a quiet backyard barbecue.” If you missed the earlier police episode, check it out here.

  • Huffington Post takes a look at “The Reporting Team That Got Iraq Right”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Reuters today launched a unique multimedia online documentary called ‘Bearing Witness’ which pays tribute to its 100 correspondents who have reported from Iraq over the last five years of war.”

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  • Pajamas Media reports, “Four short segments of conservative views were enough to flood NPR with angry phone calls and email. So much for ‘fairness,’ writes Pam Meister.”

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  • ABC Pushes Mags to File Sales Figs. Faster

  • Random Mumblings reports, “In what could only be viewed as a perverse and often baffling development, author and New Yorker magazine writer Malcolm Gladwell said last week a story he told in an early February segment of public radio’s ‘This American Life’ is, well, a complete tall tale. In the story, recorded at a New York club called the Moth, Gladwell recounts his early days as a cub reporter at that august bastion of journalism, Ben Bradlee’s The Washington Post.”

  • Jury Still Out on Future of Newsweeklies

  • On The Media’s Brooke Gladstone talks to The Atlantic’s David Samuels who penned the cover story that featured Britney Spears on the magazine’s cover. Also, listen to New Yorker correspondent Seymour Hersh discuss the “on-the-ground reporting behind his Pulitzer Prize winning scoop” from 1968.

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  • Financial Week is looking for a Reporter.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Researcher, Senior NGM.

  • Scholastic is looking for an Event Associate — Part-time.

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  • Morning Reading List, 06.04.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Slate beats Salon.

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was “the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program. On Sunday, for the week ending May 27, the Russert-moderated program attracted 2.898 million total viewers. CBS ‘Face the Nation’ had 2.866 million viewers, ABC ‘This Week’ posted 2.315 million viewers, and FOX ‘News Sunday’ attracted 1.110 million viewers. The ‘Meet the Press’ rebroadcasts on MSNBC delivered an additional 514,000 viewers.”

  • From a reader, discussing Sunday’s debate: “could CNN have had more audio problems tonight?”

  • An ABC release announced that “Nightline” “posted its best May sweep among Total Viewers since 2004. The program was also the only one to display May sweep-to-sweep growth among Total Viewers while both CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ declined.”

  • Tonight’s Big Story: News Viewers Missing!

  • Check out page 49 of the June Washingtonian to see George Clooney and the Politico’s Josephine Hearn (even though the Washingtonian calls her a “Capitol Hill intern.”

  • Live Earth: 7 Hours Of Concert Coverage On CNBC; Live Reports On MSNBC

  • That was Honky Tonk Confidential (with Bob Schieffer) on this weekend’s Metro Connection.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer asks, “So, why is the press so revved up about Thompson’s committee-forming? For one thing, Thompson is fun to write about. (See? I’m doing it.)”

  • Wonkette takes a look at the “lighter side of Washington.”

  • The DC Improv and local legend Arch Campbell are hosting a special night of comedy to celebrate the late Gilda Radner at “Gilda’s Annual Birthday Comedy Bash,” Wednesday, June 13 at 8 p.m.

  • From a reader:

      has anyone else noticed the general sloppiness of the wapo and web site recently? misspelled words, graphics placed with the wrong story, wrong facts. this is a good example: a story about yemen contains a map of china and graf three misspells “gauntlet” as “gantlet.” this follows a story yesterday which says the BRAC deadline is new year’s day, 2011, when in fact it’s Sept. 15, 2011, and there’s no correction. everybody gets it wrong sometimes, but i keep catching errors this week with them. someone’s asleep at the wheel

  • The New Editor criticizes the AP’s move to print the pictures of the US embassy being constructed in Baghdad.

  • Joe Biden on Friday questioned how his Democratic presidential rivals could skip a debate involving the Congressional Black Caucus.”

  • “One of the things that the talk show culture seems to appreciate is a good fight — particularly one with ideological implications. Last week, two of the top-10 stories on the cable and radio talk shows involved high-profile dustups, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for May 20-25.”

  • “The rising price of gasoline replaced the Iraq war last week as the public’s most closely followed news story” according to the weekly News Interest Index.

  • Wall Street Journal reports the Bancroft Family, which controls 64% of Dow Jones’s Co. voting power, “said in a statement late yesterday that it would meet with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to discuss its $5 billion bid for Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal. The family also said it would consider other bidders and options for the company.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Time Warner Inc. likely would only spin off ‘a slice of AOL’ if it decided to create a stock currency for acquisitions down the line, TW president and COO Jeffrey Bewkes emphasized Thursday amid continuing Wall Street talk about a potential sale or spinoff of the online unit.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “A Web search start-up is relying on humans — instead of computers — to generate search results in a strategy harkening back to the early days of Yahoo and Ask Jeeves. The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin J. Delaney reports that the strategy, from closely held Inc., Santa Monica, Calif., is meant to highlight some limits of the big search engines. The company, announcing its launch at the D: conference, hopes to address the issue of ‘search spam.’”

  • The AP reports, “The Internet is bringing numerous changes to the media industry, but the fundamentals of newsgathering remain the same, Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley said Thursday.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “ is planning to implement a bold redesign this summer that will see the site utilize Web 2.0 technologies like Ajax while also opening the site up to links from competing news sites.”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press will intensify its efforts to protect its copyrights on the Web and possibly uncover new sources of revenue by working with a Silicon Valley startup that’s trying to help the media gain more control over digital content.”

  • Ann Moore heads one of the most traditional, sprawling, old-school magazine publishing companies — and says she’s not at all worried about scrappy upstart gossip Web sites,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

  • A rant from DCRTV:

      In Saturday’s Washington Post we find a bylined alleged news article on the front page of the Real Estate section reporting about “Local Explorer,” a new mapping and home sales feature on Don’t be fooled. Mary Ellen Slayter’s piece is purely a promotional vehicle for an ad-sponsored offering on the newspaper’s website. The write-up just glows about the service’s many handy features. Just another way to “whore” the Post’s “journalists” into hyping the company they work for. Pretty much the same kind of thing Tony Kornheiser does on his Washington Post Radio show. And as long as the fat paychecks keep coming, why not! What do they say? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you…..

  • Broadcast journalist Willow Bay is joining The Huffington Post as an editor-at-large. Bay will oversee the site’s new Living Now section.

  • A reader writes, “Regarding the poster who noted the pole-vaulter story ran on the day after a holiday. First, the story itself was not an A-1 story–on any day of the year. Second, the point is not when the story ran, but the story’s bizarre subject matter itself: a family complaining about not wanting attention–when they’re talking to, and giving pictures to, one of the most visible newspapers in the world. That’s just ridiculous, on any level. Third, the reality is that, worldwide, there is always news worthy of running on A-1, whether it’s Jan. 2, Dec. 26, the day after Memorial Day, or a Wednesday in the middle of August. There is literally always real, actual news that is far more important and far more newsworthy than the pole-vaulter story–every single day of the year. The only surprise here now is that someone in journalism would not know that. The bottom line remains that the story was ridiculous, and it should not have run on A-1–no matter the day of the year.”


  • Atlantic Media Company is looking for an Associate Director for Recruiting, a Manager for Audience Development and a Consumer Marketing Assistant.

  • The Development Executive Group is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for a Photo Editor.

  • AARP has Producer Positions available.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Associate Producer for NPR Digital Media.

  • The Gallup Organization is looking for an Internet Webcast Producer Intern and a Webcast Production/Media Intern.

  • Fox’s Upcoming Business Channel is looking for an Assignment Editor and a Producer.

  • The American Prospect is looking for a Copyeditor.

  • BNA is looking for Reporters.

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