WTTG, channel 5, is an owned-and-operated television station of the Fox Broadcasting Company, located in the American capital city ofWashington, D.C. The station's studio and office facility, and transmitter are co-located in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington.
|Branding||Fox 5 (general)
Fox 5 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)Virtual: 5 (PSIP)|
|Owner||Fox Television Stations
(Fox Television Stations, Inc.)
|First air date||January 3, 1947|
|Call letters' meaning||Thomas Toliver Goldsmith(chief engineer of founding company DuMont)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:5 (VHF, 1947-2009)|
|Former affiliations||DuMont (1946-1956)Independent (1956-1986)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||38°57′22″N 77°4′59″W|
- 1 Digital programming
- 2 History
- 3 Criticism
- 4 News operation
- 5 Logos
- 6 References
- 7 External links
After the digital conversion on June 12, 2009, WTTG moved from analog channel 5 to digital channel 36 to complete its analog to digital conversion. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display WTTG's virtual channel as "5".
|Virtual channel||Physical channel||Programming|
|5.1||36.1||main WTTG programming / FOX HD|
The station traces its history to May 19, 1945, when television set and equipment manufacturer Allen B. DuMont founded W3XWT, the second experimental station in the nation's capital (after NBC's W3XNB, forerunner to WRC-TV).
Later in 1945, DuMont Laboratories began a series of experimental coaxial cable hookups between W3XWT and its other television station, WABD in New York City (later WNEW-TV and now WNYW). These hookups were the beginning of the DuMont Television Network, the world's first licensed commercial television network. DuMont began regular network service in 1946. Almost a year later on January 3, 1947, W3XWT received a commercial license -- the first in the nation's capital -- as WTTG. The station was named for Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr., the DuMont network's chief engineer and a close friend of Dr. DuMont.
Like its New York sister station, WTTG was far more successful than the network as a whole. In 1956, after DuMont ended network operations, WTTG and WABD became independent stations and were spun off from DuMont Laboratories as the "DuMont Broadcasting Corporation". It later changed its name to Metropolitan Broadcasting due to the failure associated with DuMont.
As an independent station
In 1958, Washington investor John Kluge bought controlling interest in Metropolitan Broadcasting and installed himself as its chairman. He changed the company's name to Metromediain 1961. Goldsmith sat on Metromedia's board for over a quarter-century.
At first, WTTG ran on a low budget. However, in the late 1960s, it benefited from Metromedia's aggressiveness in acquiring top syndicated programming, giving it a significant leg up on WDCA, which signed on in 1966. By the 1970s, WTTG was one of the leading independent stations in the country, running a broad lineup of cartoons, off-network sitcoms, first-run syndicated shows, old movies, local news and locally produced programs. During this time period, and well into the early 1990s, WTTG was the flagship station for the Georgetown University men's basketball team. Its main claim to fame was Panorama, an afternoon talk show hosted by John Willis, and later Maury Povich.
When cable television began in the 1970s, WTTG became a regional superstation. At one point, it appeared on every cable system in Maryland and Virginia, as well as most of Delawareand in parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Though not distributed as widely as it once was, the popularity of WTTG has kept it available on cable on several Maryland and Virginia cable systems. It still serves as the default Fox affiliate for the Harrisonburg, Virginia market. Additionally, it is still carried on cable in Charlottesville, Virginiadespite the city recently gaining a Fox affiliate out of WAHU-CA. It also served as the default Fox affiliate for Salisbury, Maryland until the debut of new default Fox affiliate, Fox21 Delmarva, a subchannel of WBOC-TV, on August 21, 2006.
Transition to Fox
Metromedia owned the station until 1986 when Rupert Murdoch, after buying 20th Century Fox, purchased the Metromedia television stations to form the nucleus of the Fox network. WTTG became one of the original six Fox owned-and-operated stations (O&O), all the while retaining consistently high ratings, a rarity for a Fox station then. Initially, its programming was similar to what it had run as a true independent station, since Fox only programmed for a few hours on weekends. Then, on June 25, 1990, the morning cartoon block was ended in favor of Fox 5 Morning News. It was the second Fox O&O to have a morning newscast and the fourth or fifth Fox affiliate with morning news.
In the 1990s, Fox 5 added more syndicated talk shows and reality shows. It continued to air afternoon cartoons from Fox Kids until the fall of 2001, when they moved to WDCA (only to be cut to Saturdays everywhere in 2002). But WTTG later on brought back Fox children's programming under the banner 4Kids TV. On October 29, 2001, WDCA became WTTG's sister station when Fox bought it from Viacom. Fox 5 continued to run top rated off-network sitcoms in the evenings. In 2002, it added an evening 5 to 6 p.m. newscast. Today, it has 40 hours a week of local news.
WTTG has been the primary station for the Washington Redskins since 1994, when Fox bought the rights to air NFL games in which a team from the National Football Conference (which the Redskins are in) was on the road. Most Redskins home games in that period have sold out, thus allowing them to be aired on WTTG (along with the Redskins' entire road slate) provided they are against an NFC team and are not being played at night. This relationship is limited to regular season and postseason games, since WRC airs preseason games.
On May 15, 2006 WTTG launched a new website, which features more news and video with the "MyFox" name and interface. (The "My" in the MyFox name may be a reference to Fox's new network My Network TV, which is now shown locally on WDCA.) It is at www.myfoxdc.com.
The new logo and set premiered on June 25, 2006. WTTG launched "NewsEdge" (previously titled "The Edge" until October 2006), its 11–11:30 p.m. newscast, on July 31, 2006. "NewsEdge", which is anchored solo by 10 p.m. co-anchor Brian Bolter, follows its 10–11 p.m. newscast. Also with the launch of the 11 p.m. broadcast, Fox 5 has now expanded its 6 p.m. broadcast to 7 days a week. The new "NewsEdge" has gone to 7 days as well; the weekend 11 p.m. broadcast is 15 minutes long, followed by "Sports Extra."
On January 30, 2009, starting with its 6 p.m. newscast, WTTG became the third station in DC (behind CBS affiliate WUSA and ABC affiliate WJLA) to launch news in high definition. With the change to HD came the new Fox O&O HD graphics currently used on other Fox-owned stations.
In 2004, the inner operations of WTTG during the station's first years under News Corporation's ownership were scrutinized in Robert Greenwald's documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. The documentary, through a panel of former WTTG journalists and staffers, claimed that following News Corporation's acquisition, WTTG's news reporting became biased and sensationalistic, much in the style of the Fox News Channel, which Murdoch also owns and which the film primarily criticizes. Former WTTG employees claimed that:
- they were told "from the top" to air a tribute to Ronald Reagan, as seen at the 1988 Republican National Convention, uncut;
- they were told to run a piece from A Current Affair that "rehashed the whole matter of [Senator Ted Kennedy's deadly car accident at] Chappaquiddick" which had "zero news value"; and
- an obsessive attitude over airing stories related to wedge issues such as race relations and AIDS.
WTTG broadcasts a total of 45 hours of local news a week (eight hours on weekdays, two hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays), the most of any television station in the Washington, D.C. market; however as is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, WTTG's Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m. newscasts are subject to preemption or delay due to sports coverage.
On September 4, 2006, WTTG began simulcasting its weekday morning and daily 10 p.m. newscasts on Baltimore's Fox-owned WUTB, under the banner of My 24 News. The higher-ups at both stations cite the decision to simulcast as a by-product of cross-regional news interests and increasing overlap between the Baltimore and Washington media markets.  On October 2006, while WTTG aired Fox Sports' coverage of the 2006 Major League Baseball postseason, the first half-hour of the 10 p.m. newscast was seen on Washington's Fox-ownedWDCA under the banner of Fox 5 News at Ten Special Edition. The same has occurred in 2007, with a banner name of My 20 News at 10.
On July 2, 2007, WTTG discontinued its noon newscast and replaced it with an hour-long newscast at 11am, titled Fox 5 News Midday. On September 10, 2007, the station added "NewsEdge" at 6pm which is also anchored solo by Brian Bolter. The 6 p.m. edition of "NewsEdge" follows its hour-long 5 p.m. newscast. The addition of "NewsEdge" at 6 p.m. was due in part to the success of its current 11 p.m. counterpart.
On January 14, 2009, WTTG entered into talks with local NBC O&O WRC-TV (channel 4) to share helicopters and pool news video.  On September 14, 2009, WTTG expanded FOX Morning News to five hours (now airing from 5-10 a.m.), but discontinued its hour-long 11 a.m. midday newscast. In early 2010, WTTG became the second station (behind WUSA) to start news at 4:30 a.m.
- Headline Edition (1950s)
- The Ten O'Clock News (1960s-1990)
- MetroMedia 5 News (1970s-1983)
- Channel 5 News (1983-1990)
- Fox News (1990-1992)
- Fox 5 News (1992-present)
- Washington's Most Watched Station (early 1980s)
- Channel 5 and You (mid 1980s)
- The Most Powerful Name in Local News (2006-2008)
- Always On (2008-present)
Current on-air staff
- Brian Bolter - weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
- Shawn Yancy - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Laura Evans - weeknights at 5 p.m.
- Steve Chenevey - weekday mornings "Fox 5 Morning News" (4:30-9 a.m.)
- Holly Morris - Sunday mornings; also morning feature reporter
- Allison Seymour - weekday mornings "Fox 5 Morning News" (7-10 a.m.)
- Will Thomas - weekends at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
- Maureen Umeh - weekends at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
Fox 5 Weather Team
- Sue Palka (NWA Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
- Gary McGrady (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weeknights at 5 p.m.
- Tony Perkins - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Fox 5 Morning News" (4:30-10 a.m.)
- Gwen Tolbart - Meteorologist; Sunday mornings, and weekends at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
- Tucker Barnes - Meteorologist; weekend fill-in, also weather producer
- Dave Feldman - Sports Director; weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
- Lindsay Murphy - Sports Anchor; weekends at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Dave Ross - sports producer
- Matt Ackland - general assignment reporter
- Melanie Alnwick - special projects reporter
- Bob Barnard - general assignment reporter
- Roby Chavez - general assignment reporter
- Claudia Coffey - general assignment reporter
- Stacey Cohan - general assignment reporter
- Tom Fitzgerald - general assignment reporter
- John Henrehan - general assignment reporter
- Karen Gray Houston - general assignment reporter
- Sherri Ly - general assignment reporter
- Wisdom Martin - general assignment reporter
- Beth Parker - general assignment reporter
- Roz Plater - general assignment reporter
- Sarah Simmons - general assignment reporter
- Tisha Thompson - investigative reporter
- Paul Wagner - general assignment reporter
- Allyson Wilson - general assignment reporter
- Julie Wright - morning traffic reporter
Former on-air staff
- James Adams – anchor/reporter (1977–1990)
- Ed Alwood – reporter/business anchor (1977–1982)
- Brooke Baldwin – reporter (2006–2008) (Now at CNN)
- Ric Barrick – meteorologist(2001–2002)
- Mike Barry – meteorologist (2004–2006)
- Dave Bender – reporter (1990–1993; now at KOVR-TV)
- Jackie Bensen – reporter (1987–1999; now at WRC-TV)
- Dave Benz – sports anchor/reporter (??–2009; now at Comcast SportsNet California)
- Josh Binswanger – "Fox Morning News" anchor (1998–2000) (later with WBZ-TV Boston)
- Steve Buckhantz – sports anchor (1987–2001; now with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic)
- Alan Campbell – weekend anchor/staff announcer (1961–1963)
- Connie Chung – reporter (1970–1971)
- Jack Conaty – reporter (1986–1987)
- Vince DeLisi – sports anchor and reporter (1990–1992)
- Rory Devine – reporter (1982-1983)
- Gurvir Dhindsa - anchor (2004-2011; now at Good Day Atlanta)
- Stacey Donaldson – meteorologist (1998–2002)
- Mike Dunston – reporter (now anchor at WOFL in Orlando)
- Barton Eckert – anchor/reporter (1975–1984)
- Darya Folsom – morning anchor/reporter (1994–1998; now at KRON-TV)
- Joe Fowler – sports anchor/reporter (1986–1987)
- Michael Garguilo – morning anchor/reporter (2000–2006; now at WNBC-TV)
- Jeff Gilbert
- Bill Gormly – host of children's show Countdown Carnival/staff announcer (1963–1968)
- Delores Handy – 10 p.m. anchor (1978–1981; now at WBUR in Boston)
- Brett Haber – sports anchor/reporter (1997–2000; now with WUSA)
- Kerri Lee Halkett – traffic reporter/anchor (1997–2000; now at WVIT-TV)
- Chick Hernandez – sports anchor/reporter (1993–2000; now with Comcast SportsMet Mid-Atlantic)
- Lou Holder – weekend sports anchor/reporter (200?–2007)
- Hillary Howard (Statter) – meteorologist (1990s–2000; now at WTOP radio)
- Bill Johnson – staff announcer and children's show host (1950s-1960s)
- Gus Johnson – weekend sports anchor/reporter (1991–1992)
- Morris Jones – anchor/reporter (1983–2001; now at TBD TV)
- Jim Karvellas – sports anchor/reporter (?, deceased)
- Dennis Ketterer – meteorologist (1983–1985)
- Mike Landess – anchor/reporter (1998–2001; now at KMGH-TV in Denver)
- Jeff Lawson – meteorologist (1984–1989)
- Lark McCarthy –Fox 5 Morning News co-anchor (1990–2007)
- Patrick McGrath – national correspondent (1983–2009; retired)
- Pat Mitchell – anchor/Panorama host (1977–1979)
- Tracey Neale – anchor/reporter (1994–2003)
- Maury Povich – anchor/reporter/Panorama host (1967–1976 and 1983–1986; now hosting The Maury Show)
- John Raye – anchor 1976–1981
- Lee Reynolds – children's show host Captain Tugg (1958–1966), Grandpa Reynolds (1956–1959), and Captain Lee and Mates (1964–1966)
- Mike Ritz – sports reporter (1987–1991)
- Amy Robach – anchor/reporter (1998–2003; now with NBC News)
- Diane Roberts – sports reporter and substitute sports anchor
- Nathan Roberts – anchor/reporter (1988–1991, formerly of TBD TV)
- Angela Robinson – anchor/reporter/Panorama host (1983–1993)
- Al Roker – weather anchor (1976–1978; now with NBC News The Today Show)
- Steve Rudin – meteorologist (2001–2004; now with WJLA and TBD TV)
- Tom Sater – meteorologist (1998–2005)
- Bob Schieffer – reporter (1969–19??; now CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent)
- Kevin Schultze – reporter (1993–1996)
- Bob Sellers – weekday morning anchor (2006–2008; now at WSMV-TV in Nashville)
- Michelle Sigona – traffic reporter (2004–2006; now correspondent for Fox's America's Most Wanted)
- Aleen Sirgany – anchor/reporter (1999–2001)
- Karna Small – anchor (1976–1978)
- Alan Smith – anchor (1960s-1970s)
- Bernie Smilovitz – sports anchor (1978–1986)
- Jill Sorenson – reporter (2004–2005; now with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic)
- Cynthia Steele – weeknight 10 p.m. anchor (1990–199?)
- Jackie Stone – reporter (1983–1991)
- Sara Underwood – reporter (???–2000; now at WFXT-TV in Boston)
- Todd D. Wallace – morning anchor (2000–2002; later with WRTV-TV in Indianapolis)
- Tim White – morning anchor (1990–1992; retired)
- Brian Williams – anchor/reporter/Panorama host (1985–1986; now anchor/managing editior for NBC Nightly News)
- John Wills – anchor (1960s–1970s)
- Brian Wilson – anchor/reporter (19??–2000)
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