WJLA is expanding and taking over NewsChannel 8’s 10:00 p.m. newscast.

WJLA-TV 7 / Washington, D.C. (“ABC 7”)
NewsChannel 8 / Washington, D.C.

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).

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7 thoughts on “WJLA is expanding and taking over NewsChannel 8’s 10:00 p.m. newscast.

  1. I’ve been hearing rumblings of Tribune mulling over launching a 10PM newscast on WDCW 50. It’s also rumored that Richmond sister station WTVR 6 (CBS) could be tapped to produce the newscast, assuming it’d be a traditional newscast. I don’t think the non-traditional NewsFix franchise would work for the DC market. We can assume that the ratings for NewsFix in Dallas, Houston, and Miami are low to mediocre at best, and couldn’t hold a candle to the more established players in their respective markets.

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  2. WJLA-TV should get a Saturday and Sunday Morning newscasts. The schedule would probably more then likely look like this, Good Morning Washington Weekend 6:00a-7:00a, GMA Weekend 7:00a-8:00a, Good Morning Washington Weekend 8:00a-9:00am

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  3. PS in a WMFL universe WJLA-TV would be a WMFL owned TV station Washington, DC: WDC ** Channel 7 (Independent; 7 News) Its news schedule would look like this

    Weekdays:
    7 News Today in DC Weekdays from 4:00-10:00 AM, also simulcasting on sister station NewsChannel 6 from 4:00-5:00 AM
    7 News at Noon Weekdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
    7 News at 4:00 Weekdays from 4:00-5:00 PM
    7 News at 5:00 Weekdays from 5:00-6:00 PM
    7 News at 6:00 Weeknights from 6:00-7:00 PM
    7 News at 7:00 Weeknights from 7:00-8:00 PM
    7 News at 10:00 Weeknights from 10:00-11:00 PM
    7 News at 11:00 Weeknights from 11:00-11:45 PM
    7 Sports Wrap Weeknights from 11:45 PM-12:00 AM
    Weekends:
    7 News Today in DC Weekends from 6:00-10:00 AM, also simulcasting on sister station NewsChannel 6 from 8:00-9:00 AM
    7 News at Noon Weekends from 12:00-12:30 PM
    7 News at 5:00 Weekends from 5:00-6:00 PM
    7 News at 6:00 Weekends from 6:00-7:00 PM
    7 News at 10:00 Weekends from 10:00-11:00 PM
    7 News at 11:00 Weekends from 11:00-11:45 PM
    7 Sports Wrap Weekends from 11:45 PM-12:00 AM

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  4. And News channel 8 in a WMFL universe would be News channel 6.

    NewsChannel 6 is a regional cable TV network serving Washington D.C., Northern Virginia & Suburban Maryland. The cable station is seen in more than 1.5 million cable TV homes. NewsChannel 6 is owned by WMFL Corporation, along with Independent station WDC-TV & radio stations, WDC-AM & WDC-FM. The station broadcasts out of WDC-TV-AM-FM’s studios in Washington, D.C. In addition, the channel operates 2 Maryland news bureaus (in Rockville & Landover), 1 in Washington D.C. & 2 in Virginia (in Manassas & in Warrenton)

    Through a fiber optic delivery system, the station targets programming & advertising to 3 separate geographical regions of the Washington Metro area

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  5. As I was writing about the San Diego TV Market on the other blog. The San Diego TV Market has more TV stations that have local news then the DC TV Market and the SD TV Market is smaller then the DC Market . San Diego is a more news saturated TV Market then DC is. With only one TV station in the DC Market with a 10:00pm newscast. There are 3 TV stations in the SD Market with 10:00pm news, XETV, KSWB, and KUSI. Its funny that a vacation city such as SD has more local news then a place like DC the nations capital where news happens nonstop and politics in one week in the DC newspeak world can be an eon long.

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  6. In your state of Florida even the Orlando TV Market is more news saturated then the DC Market and another vacation town like SD. The Orlando TV Market has 3 stations with 10:00pm news, WOFL, WRDQ, and WKCF and even 3 stations with 4:00pm WESH, WKMG, WFTV with the DC Market with only WRC and WJLA with 4pm news. Even your city of Miami has more stations with 10:00pm news then DC does, WSVN and WSFL.

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    • Ehh… I wouldn’t count on it with WSFL. I’ve seen what NewsFix does and while it is a newscast, its far away from traditional. That’s why I’ll continue to watch WSVN at 10pm instead of WSFL. But for the sake of it, I do count NewsFix SFL as an actual newscast, just far from traditional. That’s all.

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