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WJLA GM Bill Lord Announces ‘September 30th will be my last day’

1406587117117Days after an announcement that the FCC approved the sale of WJLA and News Channel 8 along with several other broadcast ventures outside the District to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Bill Lord announced a September 30 departure as GM.

A post to FTVLive includes an email from Lord to WJLA and News Channel 8 staff announcing his last day with the company that was owned by Allbritton Communications for nearly four decades.

“I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA,” Lord writes. “Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first. I will be here over the next two months to operate the station until a replacement is found.”

Lord goes on to thank those he’s worked with in his 12 years with the outlet, whom he refers to as “mentors.” Click through for his full email to staff. Read more

WJLA’s Natasha Barrett Leaving for Hometown ABC Affiliate

barrettWJLA’s Natasha Barrett will soon become the weekend anchor and consumer reporter at the ABC affiliate in her home town of Houston. Currently, Barrett contributes live reports to ABC 7 News at 5 and 6 pm and hosts the daily talk show, “Let’s Talk Live,” at 11 am on NewsChannel 8.

According to a memo sent out by ABC7′s General Manager Bill Lord, “Natasha has done a little bit of everything for us at WJLA and it all added up to a whole bunch of something good. Reporting, anchoring, hosting, consumer reporting, cooking segments, alpaca wrangling and much, much more. Did I mention how proud she was of her on-air alcohol consumption on Let’s Talk Live? Does anyone supervise that show? All that plus the smiling face and upbeat personality that charmed us all. Natasha has been a great friend to everyone here and we will all miss her. Please join me in wishing her a bon voyage. Her last day here will be March 28th.”

Lord confirmed that the outlet won’t fill her role per se but does have a new hire in mind. We’ll make sure to update when we learn the news.

In the meantime, congratulations to Natasha on her new gig!

Ex-Wife Replaces Ex-Hubby On Anchor Desk

images-2File this under awkward.

WJLA’s Good Morning Washington team is seeing a few changes. Among them, an ex-wife who will replace her ex-husband on the anchor desk.

How’s that for cosmic revenge? Read more

Wake Up to Leon Harris In Your Ear

Waking up to the voice of a broadcaster just seems like a bad idea. Sure, it’s better than dishes breaking on the floor, but still, how about some relaxing music?

Nonetheless, for the newsies among us, ABC7/WJLA-TV is “thrilled” to announce the launch of the The ABC7 Alarm Clock app, which allows viewers to awake to the voice of their favorite local reporter. Choices include Alison Starling, Cynné Simpson, Jacqui Jeras, Leon Harris and Steve Chenevey.

The app is available for free on iTunes, and allows users… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Uh oh. Blogger calls Ann Romney b-word

“How many more times does Ann Romney need to come off like a bitch before she stops getting a free pass?” — liberal blogger Jimmy Zuma, who writes the D.C. Water Cooler for Technorati, a weekly column for the Tuscon Sentinel. He also writes for the blog Smart v. Stupid.

This is an awkward moment?

“That awkward moment when you wonder who that wonderful smelling guy is and realize you put on men’s cologne this morning.” — Nicole Young, recovering journo.

Reporter rethinks post-election R & R

“I’m changing my post-election vacation plans. Was thinking beach. Now I’m thinking padded walls and soothing music.” — Reuter‘s Sam Youngman, who also wrote within the last 24 hours, “The Ryan train is slowly but surely getting me closer to home and some clean laundry. Ohio today, Virginia tonight. #lovetheroad.”

God we miss ex-TBDer Julie Westfall

“The really important thing is that @ErikWemple beat @FishbowlDC on this.” — Ex-TBD hag Julie Westfall on WaPo Erik Wemple writing the story that the pub he used to the edit is officially finito. We’re glad Westfall, who has all the warmth of a Ginsu knife and was known for having difficulties getting along with her TBD colleagues, has her priorities straight on what is really important. Westfall was most recently working as an associate editor for KPCC.org at Southern California Public Radio out in LA. Though her  website doesn’t clearly reflect it, she just began a new job with Journal Register Company/Digital First Media, now home to a slew of ex-TBDers including Jim Brady, Steve Buttry, and Jeremy Binckes. Oh, and she loves news and loves Twitter! Congrats for that, Julie and the countless things you brag about on your website regarding all your revolutionary contributions to TBD. Update: WCP first reported the news of TBD‘s official demise at 2:42 p.m. Wemple came in at 3:15 p.m. and heavily cited WCP for previous reports on TBD, but never indicated they broke Wednesday’s news. Wemple’s story was significantly superior, included a first-person account and a quote and confirmation from WJLA’s VP and GM Bill Lord.

Journo seeks and gives guidance

“Earpiece no longer working on six-month-old iPhone. Suggestions?” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. Also… attention editors: “A media org could do worse than to sublet an Ohio apt for a month and park a reporter there.”

Be safe BB!

“Good morning. Gorgeous morning here – heading out for a run-thoughts on the day?” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

Words to live by…

“One very important thing I learned about my job is that it is never about me or how lousy I was treated. But it is all about my cowboy boots.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

ABC 7 Shits the Bed

Last night, ABC 7 WJLA’s Twitter feed had a MOST unfortunate typo while reporting on a shooting in Kensington, MD. Buzzfeed captured a screen grab of the mishap.

 

MOST shocking, however, is that WJLA didn’t immediately delete it. They just sent out a tweet moments later to correct their mistake. It remained up all of Tuesday night and well into Wednesday morning. Employers across all of D.C. spent the morning laughing their asses off until WJLA spoiled everyone’s good time and took it down.

WJLA GM Bill Lord remarked to FishbowlDC: “We found no humor in it at all. We don’t like when those things happen. We corrected it immediately.”

Other headlines we seriously contemplated: 1. Sounds Like a Crappy Way to Go. 2. WJLA’s Twitter Feed Writer is in Deep Doo-Doo 3. ABC 7 Paints the Town Brown.

ABC7 Steals Chenevey From Fox5

Steve Chenevey is the new co-anchor of Good Morning Washington and the ABC7 Noon News.  They’re teaming Chenevey with ABC7 morning and noon anchor Cynne Simpson. Chenevey has been the Fox5 morning anchor since 2003.

“We have been working to put this team together for quite some time,” said WJLA-TV General Manager Bill Lord.  “Steve and Cynne did an exceptional on camera session together, and we believe they will be the team to watch on morning news for years to come.”

Chenevey is a bit of a smartypants. He graduted Magna Cum Laude from Clarion University in Pennsylvania.  He starts at the end of this month. Noteworthy: He’s represented by Washington Super Lawyer Bob Barnett.

Allbritton Elevates WJLA’s Lord

WJLA/News Channel 8 Station Manager Bill Lord is being promoted to VP and GM of the network. The move elevates Lord from Station Manager to controlling editorial, sales, marketing, technical and operational structure at the flagship of WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8.

Obviously overly positive, flowery, canned quote alert…Allbritton’s President Frederick Ryan remarked in a release: “We have been quite impressed with how adept Bill has been in coordinating the multiple Washington platforms – broadcast, cable and web.  He is an exceptional leader with a savvy understanding of our unique local and national news market.”  Ryan added, “We look for Bill to continue the strong rating and financial performance for this unique operation.”

Ryan will remain as President of WJLA/NewsChannel 8 and head of the Allbritton Television Group with overall strategic oversight of all the Allbritton-related properties.

A few fun facts on Lord: He graduated from the University of Washington in his hometown of Seattle and received a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.  He’s vet of the U.S. Army Infantry with service in Berlin and Vietnam.

A Blah Release in Serious Need of a Spark

Get out the Red Bull. You’re going to need it. That, or a frying pan over the head. Hard.

WJLA has named Joe DeFeo the new News Director for News Channel 8. But the real tragedy here is that the press release announcing this presumably exciting news is, at best, blah. “DeFeo’s extensive knowledge of the DC market made him an ideal candidate to lead news operations for Allbritton Communication’s hyper-local cable station,” the release states.

More blah blah blah…“DeFeo has spent more than 30 years working in the DC region as a manager, producer, award-winning journalist and audience development specialist. He spent seven years as the Vice President for News for the Sinclair Broadcast Group; and worked as for over nine years as the News Director at WBFF in Baltimore.

And now VP of News Bill Lord provides classic canned comments: “Joe will bring great experience and expertise to our management team” says Lord. Thank God a graph later we get additional blah on DeFeo when Lord adds, “We are expecting big things from News Channel 8 and we believe we have found the right person to lead the charge.”

More random blah praise for DeFeo from the release…“He possesses a wealth of leadership experience and hands-on knowledge of television production. He will also be able to utilize his experience as a media consultant to increase viewership for News Channel 8.”

DeFeo starts on July 25th.

 

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