Allbritton Communications Founder Joe Allbritton Dies at 87
Bought broadcast properties in 1974; company now owns eight ABC-affiliated TV stations
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/12/2012 4:55:33 PM
The company owns eight ABC-affiliated TV stations, including WJLA, along with co-owned cable news channel, News Channel 8, and political newspaper/news site, Politico.
Allbritton, who made his fortune in banking, bought the Washington Star and its broadcast properties in 1974. He sold the newspaper in 1978 -- it eventually folded -- but expanded his broadcast holdings. He was born in D'lo, Miss., and raised in Houston. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
"Joe Allbritton was a larger than life figure in business, in media and in philanthropy," said National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith. "His contributions to local television are reflected every day in the programming excellence on display at WJLA-TV in Washington and seven other Allbritton-owned ABC affiliates across America. NAB salutes a visionary media entrepreneur for a life well lived."
Allbritton is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Robert, who launched Politico; and two grandchildren.
Programming "Excellence"? You mean constantly pre-empting network programming for PD movies and infomercials? Living in a market with his stations is a NIGHTMARE! The DC market was blacked out of Power Rangers because his station doesn't give a crap about entertaining kids and family, just filling whatever the E/I quota dictates.
WJLA Hell - 12/13/2012 5:24:40 AM EST
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