WJLA now offers a more “Good Morning Washington” on NewsChannel 8.

WJLA-TV 7 / Washington, D.C. (“ABC 7”)
NewsChannel 8 / Washington, D.C. (24-hour local news channel)

If you don’t have a sister over-the-air station to put more news from your news product, then why not put it on a local cable news channel? That’s what WJLA is doing.

Starting earlier this morning, WJLA 7 has aired an extension of Good Morning Washington on its sister cable channel, NewsChannel 8, in which it has been in partnership with WJLA 7 since the channel’s founding in 1991. The extension is aired weekday mornings from 7:00-10:00 a.m., while WJLA 7 will continue to air the 4:30-7:00 a.m. part of the program; NewsChannel 8 doesn’t simulcast that part of the program. According to DCRTV at DCRTV.com, Larry Smith, Autria Godfrey, Jummy Olabanji, Eileen Whelan, Jacqui Jeras, Jamie Sullivan and Julie Wright are all a part of the program. Other than Whelan, the field reporters for the program include Sam Sweeney, John Gonzalez and Jeannette Reyesm.

Also, according to DCRTV, NewsChannel 8’s morning anchor Kellye Lynn, will move to anchoring weekends while Juile Wright will also add Let’s Talk LIVE at 11:00 a.m. to her duties, while also continuing to anchor NewsChannel 8’s 12:00 Noon hour, which means Wright has GMWLTL and NewsChannel 8’s 12:00 Noon hour to her busy day duties. Melanie Hastings will co-anchor with Wright on Let’s Talk LIVE.

Numerous weather anchor changes have been made as well. Meteorologist Eileen Whelan will handle GMW on WJLA 7 from 4:30-7:00 a.m. while former CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras will handle GMW on NewsChannel 8 from 7:00-8:00 a.m. Longtime D.C. meteorologist and D.C. icon, as well as current WJLA 7 chief meteorologist Doug Hill, will add the noon newscast to his weekday 4:00 and weeknight 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. weather duties.

So you see, if you can’t find an over-the-air station to have more local news, then just do it on your local cable news channel. Especially if you own that channel as well.


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23 thoughts on “WJLA now offers a more “Good Morning Washington” on NewsChannel 8.

  1. I wonder how long Newschannel 8 is going to be on the air. I heard rumors that Sinclair wants to convert News channel 8 into a national news channel.

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  2. Was this a demotion for Jacqui? Sure looks like it. Overall, I do not think these changes are good for the early morning edition.

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  3. I had to go out of town for 2 months and I came back and don’t recognize the morning show. They had a good team with Jummy and Autria at the desk and Jacqui at the map. Even Jack is gone? Starting out each day at 4:30 in the morning is hard enough. Having your morning news team shaken up is just adding more stress. I wish they would leave them alone.

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  4. Have to say I saw this coming.
    1) Autria Godfrey is very good at what she does. She is over qualified for her position at WJLA.
    2) Jummy Olabanji tried hard but good never keep up with Autria no matter how hard she tried. Once she got settled in it still wasn’t enough.
    3) Jacqui Jeras was too stoic for the morning hour. Hired on reputation from CNN.
    4) Whelan completely opposite of Jeras. Bright, shiny, perky and making it easy to be cheesy so early in the morning. This is why Jeras was demoted.
    5) The new car smell will ware off soon with Larry Smith because he won’t be able to keep up with Autria and it will soon make her uncomfortable.
    6) What works for channel 8 is Autria, Whelan and Wright.
    7) Demoted, Jummy, Jeras, Kelly Lynn.
    My advice: Autria got to World News and be a major anchor because this program is coming to an end.

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  5. I can’t understand why they didn’t keep Adam Caskey on the weather and Scott Thuman on the anchor desk! I have stopped watching WJLA.

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    • I agree….not a good choice loosing Adam Caskey! These other changes just sealed the deal for me. I will not longer be watching WJLA AM.

      About a year ago Eileen Whelan was doing a remote weather reporting at the Starbucks by my house. I thought way cool and drove over in the parking lot, tried to get her attention. Now mind you I was the only other car in the parking lot at 6:15am in the morning, so there was no mistaking an early morning fan (at the time) in her car with the window down waving saying hi. What did Eileen do? Turned her back with an annoyed look on her face and talked with the camera man.

      It was that and her poorly forced niceness that has made me hate watching WJLA in the morning.

      Autria is just about the same with her force perkiness. Scott Thurman would be a great co-anchor to balance her personality, whether or not it could be uncomfortable for them since they previously were married.

      Bu-bye WJLA……cant stand watching your poor decisions continue ruining what was once a good morning news show.

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