DC Anchor Leaving to Follow his Heart


WTTG Anchor Brian Bolter is leaving the Fox O&O.

Bolter has been with the station since 1999 is leaving as her is on the verge of opening his second bar.

He posted this note to co-workers and viewers:

Friends, Colleagues and Viewers …

After nearly 14 years at WTTG-TV FOX 5, I recently approached the station and asked to pursue other interests. On the verge of opening DRY 85, our second restaurant in two years and with no plans to stop anytime soon, I realized it was time to finally follow my head and heart in writing this new chapter in life. The station agreed and we’re amicably parting ways.

It’s been an honor working with you. A privilege presenting your work to the Washington, DC region. Most importantly, though, I want to thank all the loyal viewers who have allowed me into their homes for more than a decade. You have blessed me with your smiles and your handshakes in the streets and trust in your hearts. I will forever cherish your faith in me.

From helping launch Fox 5 News at 5, “the most successful newscast launch in Fox station group history”, the NewsEdge at 11 which at one time was the highest rated 11pm newscast in the market beating others in that time slot for 50 years and the NewsEdge at 6 to great fanfare, we accomplished much together. It was a tremendous ride sitting in the anchor chair for all 79 straight weeks of WTTG-TV’s run as the #1 late news in Washington, DC.

While excited and eager to embrace future opportunities in my television career, I can now focus on DRY 85, Red Red Wine Bar, and my other varied business interests. I can also do simple things not possible my entire television news life. Have dinner with my wife. Pick my son up from school. Tuck my daughter in at night.

I hope to return to a TV near you soon. Until then drink good wine. Life is too short.

Brian Bolter