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WJLA GM Out as Sinclair Takes Over Station

lord wjla croppedWJLA GM Bill Lord has announced he is leaving the now Sinclair owned ABC affiliate for Washington, D.C.

According to FTVLive, who first reported the news, Lord sent staffers an email saying “I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA. Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first.”

Lord confirmed the news with TVSpy. He’s worked at WJLA for 12 years.

Sinclair’s bid to buy WJLA’s former owner, Allbritton Communications, was approved by the FCC last week.

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Autria Godfrey, Jummy Olabanji to Co-Anchor WJLA Morning Newscasts

autria godfreyWashington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA is shuffling anchors for its morning newscast, our sister site FishbowlDC reports.

After just 10 months at the anchor desk, Scott Thuman is moving back into his previous role as senior political reporter. In a strange turn of events, Thuman will be replaced by Autria Godfrey (pictured), who is his ex-wife. Godfrey will anchor alongside Jummy Olabanji, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Cynne Simpson left WJLA.

“Together they make a lively, engaging and intelligent team,” WJLA general manager Bill Lord wrote in a note to staffers. “…I want to thank Scott Thuman for his hard work and dedication to hosting and helping out in a myriad of ways on Good Morning Washington.”

WJLA Adds Traffic Reporting to Partnership with Local Radio Station

Washington, D.C. ABC station WJLA and local news radio station WTOP have already teamed up to deliver news and weather reports to local viewers and listeners.  Soon, the two media outlets will share traffic reporting as well.

Starting tomorrow, WJLA reporter Amanda Meadows will deliver traffic updates from the WTOP “Glass enclosed nerve center” six times an hour between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. weekdays. Between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., Meadows will report twice an hour.

“Viewers can plan their commute by watching [Good Morning Washington] and then continue with WTOP’s radio reports when they are in the car or on the Metro,” WJLA news director Doug Culver told TVSpy. Read more

Doug Culver Will Join WJLA as Vice President of News

Doug Culver has been named vice president of news at WJLA, the ABC-affiliate in Washington, DC. His appointment is effective July 9.

Culver announced last week that he was leaving WFTS after four years as news director at the Tampa ABC-affiliate. He replaces Alex Likowski, who recently left WJLA after six years.

The move reunites Culver with Bill Lord, WJLA’s general manager. The pair has worked together at both KIRO in Seattle, where Culver was assistant news director from 1998-07, and KNBC in Los Angeles, where Culver was an executive producer from 1990-98.

“Doug has a great track record of success as a newsroom leader and as a journalist,” Lord said in a statement. “He will be a welcome addition to our strong management team.” Read more

WJLA Hires Steve Chenevey Away From WTTG

Steve Chenevey, who has been WTTG‘s morning anchor since 2003, is joining crosstown rival WJLA.

Chenevey will anchor the ABC-affiliate’s morning and noon newscasts, working alongside Cynne Simpson.

“We have been working to put this team together for quite some time,” WJLA general manager Bill Lord said.  “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.”

Before moving to D.C., Chenevey worked at WPXI in Pittsburgh, his hometown.

Bill Lord Promoted to General Manager of WJLA

Bill Lord has been promoted to general manager of Allbritton Communications’ properties in Washington, DC: ABC-affiliate WJLA and regional cable channel NewsChannel 8.

Lord is currently the station manager at both properties. He has been station manager at WJLA for eight years and was previously the vice president of news there.

“We have been quite impressed with how adept Bill has been in coordinating the multiple Washington platforms – broadcast, cable and web,” Allbritton president Frederick Ryan, Jr. said in a statement. “He is an exceptional leader with a savvy understanding of our unique local and national news market.”

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

TBD Positions Cut as WJLA Assumes Control

As WJLA takes over operations of TBD.com, almost all of the jobs at the news website are being eliminated.

According to the Washington Business Journal, the roughly two dozen current positions at TBD.com will be eliminated within the next four to six weeks and the company is accepting applications from staffers for eight available jobs.

“TBD will have its own staff, its own reporters and its own content, which will be very unique to that site,” Bill Lord, WJLA’s general manager and news director, said recently. “We want it to have its own identity.”

All that said, Lord also added: “We need to be more cost-conscious.”

Taking Over TBD, WJLA’s Bill Lord Plans ‘Mid-Course Correction’

As Bill Lord, WJLA’s general manager and news director, takes control of TBD, the Allbritton-owned web entity will undergo a “mid-course correction.”

Lord plans on scrapping TBD’s umbrella status over WJLA and bringing back the station’s independent website WJLA.com. He plans on also doing the same for Allbritton’s all-news cable channel–reestablishing its internet autonomy while also dumping its new moniker, TBD-TV, in favor of its original name NewsChannel 8.

“Our plan is to have two TV stations, broadcast and cable, and two websites,” Lord told Poynter contributor Scott Libin recently. “All four will have a certain level of commonality of staff. Everybody has to participate in the online effort, or it won’t work.”

Lord plans on maintaining and promoting the standalone TBD.com but will leave less of its business operations under “TBD” status.  “I don’t think there were specific goals,” Lord told Libin about TBD’s launch, “but there will be now.”

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