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The general manager of WJLA—-the local ABC affiliate—wrote in an e-mail to his staff Monday that he just learned his last day heading the station would be Sept. 30. Bill Lord‘s departure comes after the Federal Communications Commission approved Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $985 million purchase of TV stations owned by Allbritton Communications, including WJLA and NewsChannel8. That sale is expected to be finalized Aug. 1.
In his staff email, which FTVLive obtained, Lord said that Sinclair would be posting the GM position for new applicants this morning.
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.
The Allbritton family, which also owns Politico, has owned the station for nearly 40 years.
Very mixed emotions: FCC approved sale of our TV stations to Sinclair. Thanks to all at ACC for 40 wonderful years. I will miss you deeply.
— Robert Allbritton (@R_Allbritton) July 24, 2014
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