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Donald Trump Tells WTTG Cosby ‘Probably Guilty’

Donald Trump was on FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG last night.

That sentence by itself automatically comes wrapped with the subtext, “and he gave his opinion on things.” Last night, after he told the Economic Club he was “very strongly” considering running for president in 2016, he told WTTG reporter Emily Miller what he thought about Bill Cosby, and his possible opponents in the upcoming election.

On Cosby, Trump said “Look I think he’s probably guilty…I don’t know…I think his defense has been horrible if he’s not…because he keeps going– nothing, I’m not going to talk. When a person doesn’t talk, that usually doesn’t mean good things.”

Weighing in on his presidential campaign, Trump said “I’ve always succeeded at what I’ve wanted to do, and what I really want to do now, more than anything else, is make this country great again.”

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WJLA Creating New Investigative Team

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WJLA has announced a new and improved ABC7 On-Your-Side investigative unit. According to TVNewsCheck, the Washington ABC affiliate’s new unit, led by current WJLA assistant news director Holly Shannon, will focus on consumer problems and government waste.

“ABC7 has had a long history in this market of watching out for the little guy,” news director Mitch Jacob said in a statement. “Our new investigative team will take this kind of reporting to the next level. We’ll be there for our viewers on matters that are important to them.”

Other reporters on the new team include: Joce StermanChris PapstKimberly SuitersHorace Holmes and Jennifer Donelan.

“This is a big undertaking,” Jacob added. “But DC and our viewers deserve this type of reporting. We’re going to dig deep into the issues that impact the DC region.”

Man Tells WJLA Crew Covering Blaze, ‘I Set It On Fire’


Police didn’t have far to look to find the person who set a house on fire in Rockville, Maryland.

The suspect, Carlos Peralta, first approached a WJLA crew and told them, “Me! Me! I set it on fire.”

Before he confessed to police while the cameras were recording, Peralta answered a series of questions from WJLA.

Question #1: “How did you do it?”
“I just poured gasoline on the floor, set it on fire, went to grab a drink, and came back,” “Carlos” remarked without batting an eye.

Question #2: “How did setting this fire help you?”
“Just so you [the media] could get here … for your attention,” “Carlos” added.
The self-proclaimed arsonist went on to describe, what he considered to be, deplorable living conditions inside the home he says he torched. Police say “Carlos” was one of six people living inside the two-story structure. Read more

Gene Lightfoot Named General Sales Manager at WDCW

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Gene Lightfoot is joining WDCW, the CW affiliate in Washington, D.C., as general sales manager. Lightftoot will report to Vince Giannini, vice president/general manager at WPHL, who is serving as interim VP/GM at WDCW.

“I am thrilled to have been able to attract and hire a manager of Gene’s caliber to lead our sales team at DCW50,” Giannini said in a statement. “Gene’s reputation as an excellent communicator and ambassador of broadcasting will serve him well in this role.”

Lightfoot comes from KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, where he was national sales manager.

“WDCW has a rich tradition in Washington,” Lightfoot said. “I am proud to join the great team at WDCW and continue the legacy of providing great programming to our viewers and advertisers.”

He joins the station on December 1.

Washington, D.C. Anchor tells Washington Redskins, ‘I’m OUT.’

WTTG anchor Tony Perkins has had enough.

The anchor for the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station called out the hometown NFL team after its most recent loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While he doesn’t say he wants the team to change its name, he does tell his colleagues on “Good Day DC,” the team is a “problem-plagued organization.”

“We the fans have given it our all. We’ve spent our money, they get our time and attention, and they disappoint us.,” said Perkins. “They can’t get it together to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”

Watch the video of his frustration after the jump. Read more

Anchor Gordon Peterson Leaving WJLA

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Legendary ‘Dean of Anchors’ Gordon Peterson is set to leave ABC affiliate WJLA at the end of the year. According to the Washington Post, Peterson, who is 76, isn’t retiring, just leaving the station he’s called home for the last 10 years.

In an email to his friends and colleagues, Peterson explained that his contract expires at the end of the year and he’s decided it’s time to leave. Here, he reminisces on his many years on Washington’s airwaves:

“As most of you know, I have been in the television news business in Washington, DC for 45 years. It has been my privilege to have covered many of the great issues of our time beginning with the struggle for civil rights and the huge anti-war rallies of the late ’60′s and early ’70′s through eight administrations. It has been wonderful to have been reunited with Maureen Bunyan and Doug Hill and to join forces with Tim Brant, Leon Harris and Alison Starling. I dare not name anyone else, for fear of leaving someone out, but I want each of you to know how important you are to me and how grateful I am for having had the chance to work with you…”

Prior to joining WJLA in 2003, Peterson spent 35 years at CBS affiliate WUSA. No word yet on where he’s going next.

Marina Maracco Set to Join WTTG

maracco croppedMarina Maracco will join Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG as a reporter.

WTTG assistant news director Margie Ruttenberg said in a statement, “Marina brings with her an aggressive and unique reporting style, along with a broad depth of experience in covering national and local news.”

Maracco last worked at WESH in Orlando, Fla. She has also worked as a correspondent for the Univision network and as an anchor, reporter and producer for Univision’s WVEN-WVEA in Orlando, Fla.

Her first day on-air will be November 10.

Former Boston FOX News Director Moves to WTTG

wttg logoPaul McGonagle has been named VP and news director of Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG, effective immediately.

McGonagle was news director at the former FOX owned Boston station WFXT until he was replaced by KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal in the ownership swap with Cox Media. He replaces former WTTG news director Dana Hahn, who was named news director at KTVU.

“Paul’s depth of local news experience in a top market, as well as his impressive tenure with FOX made him the ideal choice,” WTTG VP & GM Patrick Paolini said in a statement. “He is the right leader to continue the momentum we have started here and take FOX 5 in an exciting, new direction.”

McGonagle started at WFXT as assistant news director. He came to WFXT from WJAR in Providence, R.I. where he was assistant news director. He started his career at WNNE in Burlington, Vt. as a reporter and anchor.

Greta Kreuz Retires From WJLA


After more than 30 years working as a journalist, Greta Kreuz retired from WJLA on Wednesday .

Kreuz joined the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate in 1988.

She started out as a print reporter in the Chicago area and later worked in radio as news director for WVPO-WSBG in Pennsylvania. She started her TV career at WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and has also worked at WPRI in Providence, R.I. and WBAL in Baltimore, Md.

In 2012, she revealed she had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

On set, in a 5:00 p.m. news segment where the station said goodbye, she told viewers, “I’m in remission.” And added, “I’m going to take a little time and relax and smell the roses and sleep in.”

Shia LaBeouf Doesn’t Have Much to Say to WTTG Reporter

Actor/human art exhibit Shia LaBeouf managed to say very little and still create awkwardness during an interview with WTTG‘s Kevin McCarthy for tonight’s 5:00 p.m. news.

The entertainment reporter for the FOX owned Washington, D.C. station caught up to LaBeouf on the red carpet of the premiere of the movie Fury. While LaBeouf managed not to break anything, he did blow kisses to an off-screen admirer and give short answers with little follow up.

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