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 GMW, LTL 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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