WJLA in D.C. Launching Co-Anchor Search

Jul 20, 2006  •  Post A Comment

WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., announced Thursday that it is going to search nationwide for a replacement for 5 p.m. co-anchor Kathleen Matthews.

Ms. Matthews, the wife of “Hardball” host Chris Matthews and a longtime presence on the local news scene, is leaving in the fall to become a high-level communications executive for Marriott International.

“We reluctantly accepted Kathleen’s resignation,” said Fred Ryan, president of Allbritton Communications, which owns WJLA, an ABC affiliate. “We must now convert this situation into an opportunity to aggressively recruit the finest anchor talent we can find to share our set with Leon Harris.”

Mr. Harris joined the station from CNN in 2003.

“We hope to create nothing less than the anchor team of the future for the Washington, D.C., market,” WJLA news VP Bill Lord said. “We will look inside our own station and throughout the television industry. It will be a lengthy process with input from our staff, our audience and from research sessions in the months to come.”

Talent Dynamics, which specializes in placement and coaching of TV talent, has been hired to assist in the search.