Allbitron Communications, the parent company of Politico, ABC affiliate WJLA-7 and NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C., plans to launch a new Web site in the spring of next year that will cover local news in the area. The company plans to staff the new project with 50 people. Content will be shared with the 2 TV stations.
In a staff memo published on Politico, chairman and CEO Robert L. Allbitron wrote he was committed to making the “new enterprise among the nation’s most ambitious and innovative projects of its kind,” and that the launching of the new model “will test ideas for harnessing the power of the Internet.”
The Web site will be run by Jim Brady, the former executive editor of WashingtonPost.com.