NewsChannel 8 (cable channel)
|Owned by||Allbritton Communications
(sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)|
|Slogan||All Over Washington|
|Broadcast area||Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Northern Shenandoah Valley, Suburban Maryland|
|Sister channel(s)||WJLA-TV, TBD|
|Comcast - In D.C.||28 (SD) 808 (HD)|
|Comcast - Outside D.C.||8 (SD) 808 (HD)|
|RCN D.C. area||308|
|Verizon FiOS Metro DC||8 (SD) 508 (HD)|
NewsChannel 8 (briefly titled TBD TV) is a regional cable television network serving Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland. The cable station is seen in more than 1.1 million cable television homes. NewsChannel 8 is owned by Allbritton Communications, along with Washington, D.C.-licensed ABC broadcast affiliate WJLA. The station shares cablecast studios and offices with WJLA and the Politico newspaper of Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia. In addition, the channel operates two Maryland news bureaus (in Rockville and Landover), and one in Washington, D.C. The network was renamed to TBD TV on August 9, 2010, but reverted to NewsChannel 8 in February 2011.
Through a fiber optic delivery system, the station targets programming and advertising to 3 separate geographical regions of the Washington Metro area. On September 5, 2006, Comcast moved NewsChannel 8, at their request, to analog channel 28 on some of their systems to be next to co-owned WJLA on channel 27 (Comcast's systems in the immediate Washington area locate broadcast stations in the 20's as an artifact of averting co-channel interference in the analog age). Systems outside of the main Washington area locate it on Channel 8 next to WJLA on channel 7. In all cases however, the high definition feed airs on Channel 808.
On July 29, 2013, Allbritton announced that it would sell its entire television group, including NewsChannel 8 and WJLA, to Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair has indicated that it may use NewsChannel 8 as a base to launch a national cable news channel.
Programming and live newscasts
When not airing newscasts, NewsChannel 8 shows ABC News programming including: Nightline (Tuesday - Saturday at 4:30 a.m., encore of previous night's show), ABC World News (encore daily at 9:30 p.m.), 20/20, and This Week (Sundays at 7 p.m.) Also, the stations airs various local programs, including "NewsTalk" (a live daily call-in show featuring prominent newsmakers), "Capital Insider", "Let's Talk Live", "SportsTalk", "The Arch Campbell Show", and "Capital Golf Weekly". During overnights and weekends, it airs some paid programming as well.
NewsChannel 8 was once known for airing specific "Zone Reports" on weeknights to three separate geographical regions of the Washington Metro area. They included: "The Washington Report", with news that affects the District; "The Virginia Report", news from Northern Virginia; and "The Maryland Report", news from communities in suburban Maryland. The appropriate edition was fed to each of the cable systems in the region. The newscasts were all the same, except for the second segment (between the first and second commercial breaks), which was specifically tailored to each "zone." However, in 2009, the station ended this practice.
NewsChannel 8's programming features its own anchors and weathercasters, while sharing reporters with WJLA. On weekends, NewsChannel 8 and WJLA share the same on-air news team for the evening newscasts for both stations.
On January 4, 2012, NewsChannel 8 began broadcasting in high definition on Verizon FiOS channel 508 and on January 5 on Comcast Xfinity channel 808. Comcast also began broadcasting NewsChannel 8 in the far western suburbs and the northern Shenandoah Valley.
On July 17, 2013, NewsChannel 8 began broadcasting on DIRECTV channel 8.
+ denotes personnel also seen on WJLA
- Natasha Barrett - weekdays Let's Talk Live (11 a.m.-12 p.m., repeats at 5 p.m.)
- Arch Campbell - host of The Arch Campbell Show; also WJLA entertainment reporter +
- Bruce DePuyt - host of NewsTalk (10-11 a.m., repeats at 4 p.m.)
- Kendis Gibson - weekend evenings +
- Pat Goss - host of Goss' Garage (Saturday mornings)
- Melanie Hastings - weekday mornings Morning Report (5-9 a.m.), Let's Talk Live (11-12 p.m., repeats at 5 p.m.)
- Morris Jones - weekdays NewsTrends (4:30 p.m.), Evening News (7 p.m., 10 p.m., repeated throughout the overnight); also host of Capital Insider (8 p.m.)
- Dave Lucas - weekdays Afternoon News (9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., repeated throughout the afternoon); also host of Capital Golf Weekly
- Kellye Lynn - weekday mornings Morning Report (5-9 a.m.)
- Kathy Park - weekend mornings; also digital reporter
- Steve Rudin (NWA Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend evenings +
- Brian Van De Graaff (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings and midday +
- Dave Zahren - meteorologist; weekend mornings +
- Joe Witte (AMS Seal of Approval)- staff meteorologist
- Devon Lucie - chief meteorologist - weekday afternoons and weeknights
- Horace Holmes - sports anchor; weekend evenings +
- Britt McHenry - sports reporter
- David Aldridge - host of SportsTalk (Sundays) and The Donovan McNabb Show
- Tim Brant - co-host of Sports Talk (Mondays) +
- Glenn Harris - co-host of Sports Talk (Wednesday-Fridays)
- Alex Parker - co-host of Sports Talk (Tuesdays)
- Julie Parker - co-host of Sports Talk (Tuesdays)
- Natasha Barrett - general assignment reporter +
- Brad Bell - Prince George's County Bureau chief
- Brianne Carter - general assignment reporter +
- Mike Conneen - general assignment reporter +
- Rebecca Cooper - national correspondent +
- Bruce Depuyt - general assignment reporter +
- Jennifer Donelan - general assignment reporter +
- Ben Eisler - general assignment reporter +
- Lisa Fletcher - general assignment reporter +
- Sam Ford - DC Bureau chief +
- Autria Godfrey - general assignment reporter +
- John Gonzalez - general assignment reporter +
- Glenn Harris - general assignment reporter + formerly with WHUR radio
- Melanie Hastings - general assignment reporter +
- Horace Holmes - general assignment and sports reporter +
- Suzanne Kennedy - general assignment reporter +
- Jay Korff - general assignment reporter +
- Dave Lucas - general assignment reporter +
- Jummy Olabanji - general assignment reporter +
- Kathy Park - general assignment reporter +
- Julie Parker - general assignment reporter +
- Gail Pennybacker - Fairfax County Bureau chief
- Courtney Robinson - general assignment reporter +
- Philip Stewart - general assignment reporter +
- Stephen Tschida - general assignment reporter +
- Kris Van Cleave - general assignment reporter +
- Jamee Whitten - weekday morning traffic reporter
- Tiffany Wilson - general assignment reporter +
- "WJLA to take over TBD.com". Washington Post.
- Heath, Thomas; Wilgoren, Debbi (July 29, 2013). "Allbritton to sell 7 TV stations, including WJLA, to Sinclair for $985 million". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Eggerton, John (July 29, 2013). "Sinclair Buying NewsChannel 8 in D.C.". Multichannel News. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Malone, Michael (July 30, 2013). "Sinclair Plans National Rollout for Allbritton Cable Channel". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- About Us, TBD.com. Retrieved May 12, 2011.