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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.

WRC to Provide News, Weather to Washington D.C. Taxis

WRC taxisAs part of a partnership between the NBC Owned Stations and VeriFone Systems, WRC news and weather reports are now available in more than 1,400 taxis in Washington D.C.

“People in the Washington area already turn to NBC4 and our many platforms for the latest local news and weather,” Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of the NBC-owned station, said in a statement. “Now, they’ll have another option to get the most up-to-date information while they’re on the go.”

The taxis will also show clips of NBC primetime and late-night shows. Washington D.C. is the third market, following New York and Philadelphia, to launch local NBC news, weather and headlines in taxis.

WTTG Expands in the Morning, Adds Saturday Show

wttg logoWashington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG is expanding its morning shows by adding eight hours of local news a week.

Weekdays, Good Day D.C. will air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. beginning June 16.

On July 12, WTTG will add a Saturday show called FOX 5 News Morning airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.. FOX 5 News Morning Sunday will add an hour and also begin airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“The appetite for more local news has increased; we listened and decided to expand,” Patrick Paolini, WTTG VP and GM, said in a statement. “This is an exciting time for our industry, when local viewers demand relevant and accurate news with more immediacy than ever before, expecting us to report beyond the headlines everyone else is reporting.”

WTTG Adds Investigative Reporter Emily Miller

Emily MillerEmily Miller has been named chief investigative reporter for WTTG, the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C. Miller begins April 28 and will contribute primarily to the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Emily’s tenacity and experience as a print reporter covering a wide range of issues makes her a fierce competitor and an asset for FOX 5. We will count on her to ask the tough questions and are thrilled to welcome her to our news team,” WTTG general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Miller was most recently the senior editor of The Washington Times’ Opinion Pages. She has previously worked in ABC News’ D.C. bureau as an associate producer for “This Week” and “Good Morning America.”

“FOX 5 is giving me the opportunity to uncover corruption, investigate criminals and challenge the power structure in Washington,” Miller said. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented team that brings D.C. the facts and insight into the stories that everyone is talking about, or should be talking about.”

WUSA to Host Final Mayoral Debate in D.C. Democratic Primary Race

bruce johnsonCBS affiliate WUSA will host the final debate in the Washington, D.C. Democratic primary race tonight. The race’s top four candidates — incumbent Vince Gray, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells and Jack Evans — will square off at 7 p.m. live from WUSA’s studios.

The debate will be moderated by Bruce Johnson (pictured), who has been covering D.C. politics for WUSA for more than 30 years.

“The political management of the District is hugely important here in D.C. in its own right, and obviously D.C. voters deserve a final opportunity to hear from the top candidates,” WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi said in a statement. “The fact that DC’s premiere political reporter Bruce Johnson is so passionate about local politics makes producing and carrying the debate an easy call.”

Britt McHenry Heading to ESPN

britt-mchenry-1714WJLA and NewsChannel 8 sports reporter Britt McHenry is headed to ESPN.

“In a relatively short time, Britt has established a reputation for strong, aggressive reporting in the D.C. area, and an ability to land big interviews,” Vince Doria, Sr. ESPN VP and director of news said in a statement. “Her presence there will be a great benefit to ESPN’s newsgathering, and, as with all of our bureau reporters, she will be assigned to high-profile stories around the country.”

McHenry has worked at the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate since 2010. She started her career at NewsChannel 8 in 2008 as weekend morning anchor.

She will stay in Washington, D.C. working on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL Live and Baseball Tonight. She starts March 17.

Washington, D.C. FOX Station Gets in Character for Sunday’s Oscars

To get ready for Sunday’s Oscars, the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG said they “decided to take a closer look at five of those films — everything from the acting to the costumes!”

Which means they enlisted anchors and reporters to act out the scenes with varying degrees of success. Check it out.

Happy Pre-Oscar Friday everybody!

Washington FOX Anchor Reveals Beatlemania

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the New World via The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Tony Perkins, anchor for Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG, revealed to viewers his love of anything Beatles.

Perkins said he has been a Beatles fan since he was a little kid and showed off his collection of memorabilia. He also told about a personal story involving Ringo and the birth of his son.

Liz Crenshaw to Retire After 34 Years at WRC

liz crenshaw wrcAfter 34 years at WRC in Washington, D.C., Liz Crenshaw is retiring from the NBC owned station.

“This is a note I had hoped never to have to write, but Liz Crenshaw has informed me she plans to retire at the end of May,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick wrote in a note to WRC staff this morning. “Our viewers know Liz as a fierce advocate who saves them time and money — not to mention lives as in the case with some of her investigations over the years. We know Liz as a generous colleague, a reliable co-worker, and a good friend.”

Crenshaw began at WRC as an assignment editor. She eventually became a producer in the consumer unit, and when Lea Thompson left WRC for “Dateline” in 1993, Crenshaw became part of the on-air team.

In Goldrick’s note, Crenshaw said she looks forward “with great excitement to what lies ahead — more time with my family — and new adventures.”

Goldrick’s note is after the jump. Read more

‘It Was Scary’: Wife of WTTG GM in Maryland Mall During Shooting

Kristin Paolini, the wife of WTTG general manager Patrick Paolini, told the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station what it was like being inside the mall during Saturday morning’s Maryland mall shooting.

Paolini said she was inside a Macy’s dressing room when the shooting started. “As soon as we exited the dressing room,” Paolini told WTTG anchor Laura Evans. “We knew that something horrible was happening.”

Darion Marcus Aguilar used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill two employees of a skateboard shop inside The Mall in Columbia, MD, before turning the gun on himself.

Paolini said she was in contact with her brother who is a Sergeant in the Connecticut State Police. She said he let her know what was happening and was telling her what to do, as she said, “just in case.”

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