Allbritton combines D.C. news operations

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Allbritton Communications Co. will combine its Washington, D.C., properties
-- WJLA-TV and cable NewsChannel 8 -- into a single organization in Rosslyn,
Va., headed by WJLA-TV general manager Chris Pike.

The facility will be in the former headquarters of Gannett Co. Inc., owner of
rival station WUSA(TV).

NewsChannel 8 GM John Hillis will move to the company's corporate side.

Pike said the two operations will maintain separate identities and separate
news directors, and there will probably be a net gain in
staffing.

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