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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.

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Leon Harris and Alison Starling Mark One Year as Evening Anchors with Cupcakes from Diane Sawyer

ABC’s Diane Sawyer took some time during the “World News” tease on WJLA last night to recognize the one-year anniversary of Alison Starling and Leon Harris anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast (video above).

“I just think sometimes you have to pay attention to an anniversary,” Sawyer said, as boxes of cupcakes appeared on the anchor desk. “Eat and be merry, and we celebrate you.”

DC Stations Report on Virginia Earthquake

The east coast has been busy this week prepping for Hurricane Irene, but no one expected another natural disaster shortly after 2 p.m. this afternoon — a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck in Mineral, VA. As the closest metropolitan area, Washington, DC stations went into continuing coverage.

WJLA, the ABC affiliate, and WRC, the NBC O&O, both reported the news shortly before 2 p.m. On WJLA, which first broke in with a lower-third ticker, meteorologist Bob Ryan passed off coverage to Alison Starling and Brad Bell after 3 p.m. Interestingly, WJLA was the only DC-area station not to take the special report from their national affiliated network — ABC offered a special report to their affiliates, anchored by Diane Sawyer, at 2:13 p.m.

WRC aired an NBC news special report anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. Meteorologist Doug Kammerer took over after the national report and passed off coverage to Tom Sherwood and Liz Crenshaw shortly after 2:30 p.m. Read more

WJLA Juggles Anchor Lineup

WJLA anchors Cynne Simpson (far left) and Alison Starling (near left) will be taking on new responsibilities at the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC.

Starling, who has been WJLA’s morning anchor since 2004, will join Leon Harris on the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. nightly newscasts.

The 5 p.m. news is currently anchored by Simpson, who will take over Starling’s morning duties on “Good Morning Washington.” She will also anchor WJLA’s “News at Noon.” Simpson has been with the station since 2007.

According to station manager Bill Lord, the staffing changes are an effort to build on last month’s strong ratings during May sweeps. “Moving Cynne and Alison to these new assignments will bring even more energy and vitality to our news coverage,” he said.

 

Brushing TBD.com Aside, D.C.’s WJLA Prepares to Launch New Website

The name has turned out to be more accurate than perhaps originally intended as TBD.com, Allbritton’s local news site launched in partnership with D.C. ABC-affiliate WJLA last August, is about to take on a new identity following Allbritton’s decision to give command of the property to WJLA’s Bill Lord.

In a post on Monday, TBD and WJLA announced that they will be launching a “two-pronged online approach to covering news, traffic, weather, and much more” next week.

Previously TBD had served as the umbrella site for WJLA, as well as Allbritton’s regional cable news station News Channel 8, but now, as part of what Lord has called a “mid-course correction” for the online property, WJLA will launch a new, more autonomous website. Read more