For the Web-based service, the TV station group will draw on the resources of WJLA Washington as well as its regional cable news channel and Capitol Hill newspaper. It has agreed to supply content to CBS’s Face the Nation and The Early Show.
Allbritton Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based TV broadcaster and publisher, is launching a Web-based political news service that will draw on the resources of its existing media assets in the nation’s capital—ABC affiliate WJLA; regional cable news service NewsChannel 8; and Capitol Hill newspaper The Capitol Leader.
In making the announcement this afternoon, Allbritton, which owns seven other ABC affiliates, said it had hired some of the Washington Post’s top political talent—political editor John Harris and national political reporter Jim VandeHei.
Allbritton said to expect more such hires.
In a partnership with CBS News, Allbritton will supply stories, interviews and features to Face the Nation, The Early Show and CBS Radio.
Anchored on the Web, the service intends to be the next generation of political journalism—more conversational, more interactive and more transparent in taking the audience behind the scenes of how news happens and how it gets reported, Allbritton said.
Harris and VandeHei have spent their careers in traditional news media. Harris has covered the White House and national politics, written a New York Times best selling biography of President Clinton and recently coauthored the highly acclaimed book on modern politics, The Way to Win.
VandeHei has covered Congress, the White House and presidential politics for the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. They are regulars on TV.
“The country is on the brink of what promises to be one of the most intense and consequential presidential campaigns in decades,” said Harris in a prepared statement. “Allbritton has made a commitment to telling the story of this campaign and its personalities as comprehensively as any news organization in America.”
Added VandeHei: “We will put together the best political reporting team in country today and deliver the news the way people want it: fast, fair and first.”