Longtime DC GM is Out as Sinclair Takes Over

FTVLive FIRST told you (Don't worry, the other guys will catch up to our story Today) yesterday evening that longtime WJLA GM Bill Lord has been told that his services will no longer be needed.

WJLA was purchased by Sinclair and Lord has already been handed his walking papers.

The GM broke the news to the staff in an afternoon email which FTVLive posted just minutes after it went out.

Here is Lord's email to the staff:

From: Bill Lord 
Date:07/28/2014 17:31 (GMT-05:00) 
To: WJLA-HRAll , News8-HRAll 
Cc: "Allbritton, Robert" , "Fritz, Jerry" , "Ryan, Fred", "Ochsman, Joanne" , "Killen, James" , "Prelesnik, Stefanie" 
Subject: FW: note 

Hello Everyone.

I have just received word that September 30thwill be my last day at WJLA.   Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first.   I will be here over the next two months to operate the station until a replacement is found.

I’ll try to keep this simple.   These past twelve years have been far and away the best of my professional life and it’s all because of my association with you.   It has been an awesome privilege to come to work with you every day.   I know I’m supposed to be the boss but as I look out over the station I see hundreds of mentors always helping me arrive at the right decision.  For that and everything else you have done to fill up my life I thank you.

We’ll talk more later.

In the meantime, keep up the good work.


Bill Lord
General Manager
WJLA-TV/NewsChannel 8