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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

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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.

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.

Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

Rick Boone Joining WTTG as Reporter

rick_boone_photoRick Boone is joining FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG.

He comes to WTTG from Baltimore’s WBFF where he has worked since last October. He starts next Tuesday as a reporter and anchor fill-in.

Boone posted on his facebook page, “Its been a fun ride Baltimore!!!”

He’s also worked in San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Tallahassee, FL, Charlotte, NC, and Shreveport, LA.

Soldier Shows WTTG Exclusive Photos of Search for Bowe Bergdahl

An Army vet who served in the same company as recently returned Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, added his voice to the debate over what to do with the soldier who was traded for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Bergdahl’s fellow soldier told WTTG what happened immediately after Bergdahl went missing and gave the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station an exclusive look behind the scenes of the search for Bergdahl.

“Everybody in that part of Afghanistan was doing the same thing,” said the soldier. “Members of Blackfoot Company and members of the Geronimo Battalion and every member of the United States Army that I can speak for – we always wanted to get him back.”

Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

Karen Gray Houston Retires From WTTG

After more than two decades at WTTG, Karen Gray Houston has retired from the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C.

“You have brought such light to this newsroom,” Laura Evans said on Houston’s final newscast yesterday. “Really, thank you.” Watch:

WTTG Morning Show Scores Ratings Win Against Networks

wttg_304WTTG‘s 7:00 a.m. hour has joined the growing trend of large local markets beating out network shows in the ratings race.

The Washington, DC, FOX owned station’s “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” took the top spot in April with a 1.89 rating in adults 25-54. Today on NBC owned WRC was second with a 1.76. Good Morning America on WJLA notched a 1.25 while CBS This Morning on WUSA had a .42.

For the same time period, “FOX 5 News Morning at 7AM” pulled in a 1.73 rating among adults 18 to 49, beating out Today on WRC with a 1.33. GMA on WJLA came in third with a .76 and CBS This Morning on WUSA trailed all with a .30.

How Stations in NYC and DC Reported on the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments

Stations around the country reported last night on the Aereo Supreme Court case, which has the potential to drastically upend the television industry. Broadcasters — including NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS and Univision, which own many local stations — faced off against the streaming TV service yesterday in oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Here’s how stations in New York City and Washington, D.C. reported on the case.

In New York, CBS-owned WCBS reported on the case during the 5 p.m. newscast without disclosing that its parent company is involved in the lawsuit. The report included a brief explanation of Aereo’s service and a soundbite from Neal Katyal, a legal advisor to the broadcast networks. “Under copyright law, cable and satellite companies pay networks billions to deliver programming to customers,” anchor Maurice DuBois said. “Aereo does this without paying anybody.”

NBC-owned WNBC reported on Supreme Court hearings during the noon newscast and informed viewers of NBC’s involvement in the case. “The Supreme Court is hearing a challenge today to a revolutionary TV viewing app called Aereo. Broadcasters, including NBC, argue the online rebroadcast of over-the-air television is a violation of copyright,” anchor Rob Schmitt said. “They believe Aereo should pay a fee just as cable companies do. Aereo argues it’s just acting as an antennae for viewers.”

CW affiliate WPIX presented a comprehensive package about Aereo, including an explanation of the service and the legal issues in the case, as well as soundbites from lawyers representing both sides, on its 10 p.m. newscast. WPIX’s owner, Tribune Broadcasting, is not involved in the lawsuit.

ABC-owned WABC and Fox-owned WNYW made no mention of the case, according to a search of TVEyes.

As for stations in Washington, D.C.: Read more

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