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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.”

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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.

The Top Market for Political Ad Spending Is…

Cleveland is the top market for political ad spending year-to-date, according to Television Bureau of Advertising and BIA data compiled by Wells Fargo Securities. Broadcasting & Cable‘s John Eggerton takes a look at the numbers:

[Cleveland] is the top market in political ad dollars spent year-to-date through Sept. 2 at $37,250,280. Number two is Washington, D.C. at $35,504,710, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, Fla., at $31,233,120.

Rounding out the top five are Las Vegas at $30,665,420, and Orlando-Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Fla., at $24,854,410. Read more