Only if you have cable… ONLY if you have cable… you already have two options for 10:00pm news in D.C. But starting Monday, the other option is expanding its 10:00pm newscast with a take-over in production.
Starting this upcoming Monday, February 15th, NewsChannel 8 is expanding its 10:00pm newscast from 30 minutes to a full hour, renamed as NewsChannel 8 at 10:00 (from The Late Night Report at 10:00) and expected to be taken over by WJLA 7 since it will have its own news staff on this expanded newscast.
The expanded newscast will be anchored by Michelle Marsh and Jonathan Elias with ABC 7 StormWatch Weather from AMS/Membered and NWA/Sealed Meteorologist Steve Rudin. Marsh and Elias already anchor WJLA 7 (ABC)’s hour-long weekday 4:00pm newscast.
In terms of competition, if you have cable, then WTTG 5 (FOX) is the only other option. If you only have over-the-air, then WTTG 5 is your only option.
WJLA 7’s Director of News, Mitch Jacob:
“With everything we have going on in our lives, 10 p.m. is a perfect time to catch up on the day’s news for so many of us. Backed by the largest team of local reporters in the area, NewsChannel 8 at 10pm is sure to become the newscast of record for many Washington news viewers.”
So yes, even an over-the-air station can produce local newscasts for a cable-only station. It’s been done before and WJLA 7 is here to do it. Thank you guys for offering another option to those who have cable (which continues to decline in audiences).