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ABC affiliate in Petersburg, Virginia

Television station in Virginia, United States

WRIC-TV, virtual channel 8 (UHFdigital channel 28), is an ABC-affiliatedtelevision station serving Richmond, Virginia, United States that is licensed to nearby Petersburg. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group. WRIC-TV's studios are located in unincorporatedChesterfield County (with a Richmond mailing address), overlooking Powhite Parkway just south of the Midlothian Turnpike interchange. Its transmitter is located in Bon Air, on a tower shared with local PBSmember stationsWCVE (channel 23) and WCVW (channel 57). WRIC-TV is not related to WRIC-FM in Richlands.


The station began operation in 1955 as WXEX-TV, an NBC affiliate. It was owned by Thomas Tinsley, along with WLEE radio, via the Petersburg Television Corporation.[1] Channel 8's transmitter was located in the Bermuda Hundred area of eastern Chesterfield County, while the main studios were in Petersburg. Originally, it didn't cover Richmond nearly as well as did WTVR-TV (channel 6) and WRVA-TV (channel 12, now WWBT). At first, a Richmond sales office was located at WLEE's studios on West Broad Street in Richmond; later, satellite studios were established just off Midlothian Turnpike in Bon Air.

The station swapped affiliations with channel 12 in 1965 and became an ABC affiliate. It has been with that network ever since. In 1968, Tinsley sold WXEX-TV and WLEE to the Nationwide Communications subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. In 1969, a fire destroyed its original Petersburg studios. For a few weeks, the station had to broadcast from its transmitter, then set up temporary offices and studios in a vacated store in Petersburg. The station later moved to a brand new facility on Crater Road that it named Blandford Manor. In 1981, Nationwide sold off sister station WLEE.

Former WRIC logo from 2004 to 2016. The ABC logo was later added in 2010. WRIC's stylized "8" logo was used in a circle from 1990 (when it became WRIC-TV) to 2004 and then in a box until it was retired in October 2016.

On April 23, 1990, the station moved its studios to the current location on Arboretum Place in Chesterfield County. With the new studios came new call letters, WRIC-TV. However, it is still licensed to Petersburg; unlike the other stations in the market, it identifies as "Petersburg/Richmond." Nationwide sold all three of its ABC-affiliated television stations, including WRIC, to Young Broadcasting in 1993.

The station's owner, Young Broadcasting, went into Chapter 11bankruptcy in 2009. The station was part of a bankruptcy auction scheduled for July 14, 2009 but cancelled at the last minute.[2] On July 22, a bankruptcy judge approved a plan in which Young's secured lenders would take over the company.

On June 6, 2013, Young Broadcasting announced that it would merge with Richmond-based Media General. Upon consummation, the merger made WRIC-TV one of two flagships of Media General (WFLA-TV in Tampa serves as the home base of Media General's broadcast division). It was the first legal opportunity for Media General in years to own a station in its hometown. Its predecessor, Richmond Newspapers, lost out in the bidding for WWBT's forerunner, WRVA-TV, in 1956 due to the FCC's preference for a non-newspaper owner. Media General merged with WTVR's then-parent company, Park Communications, but had to immediately put WTVR on the market due to cross-ownership restrictions involving the flagship Richmond Times-Dispatch, which was sold with Media General's newspaper business in 2012 to BH Media. The merger also made WRIC a sister station to Roanoke's NBC affiliate, WSLS-TV.[3] The merger was approved by the FCC on November 8, after Media General shareholders approved the merger a day earlier;[4] it was completed on November 12.[5]

On September 8, 2015, Media General announced that it would acquire the Des Moines, Iowa-based Meredith Corporation for $2.4 billion with the intention to name the combined group Meredith Media General if the sale were finalized.[6][7][8][9][10] However, on September 28, Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group made an unsolicited cash-and-stock merger offer for Media General, originally valued at $14.50 per share.[11] On November 16, following opposition to the merger with Meredith by minority shareholders Oppenheimer Holdings and Starboard Capital (primarily because Meredith's magazine properties were included in the deal, which would have re-entered Media General into publishing after it sold its newspapers to BH Media in 2012 to reduce debt) and the rejection of Nexstar's initial offer by company management, Media General agreed to enter into negotiations with Nexstar on a suitable counter deal, while the Meredith merger proposal remained active; the two eventually concluded negotiations on January 6, 2016, reaching a merger agreement for valued at $17.14 per share (an evaluation of $4.6 billion, plus the assumption of $2.3 billion debt).[12]

On January 27, Meredith formally broke off the proposed merger with Media General and accepted the termination fee of $60 million previously negotiated under the original merger proposal; Media General subsequently signed an agreement to be acquired by Nexstar, in exchange for giving Meredith right of first refusal to acquire any broadcast or digital properties that may be divested (a clause that Meredith did not exercise).[13][14][15][16] The transaction was approved by the FCC on January 11, 2017; the sale was completed on January 17, at which point the existing Nexstar stations and the former Media General outlets that neither group had to sell in order to rectify ownership conflicts in certain markets became part of the renamed Nexstar Media Group; this brought WRIC as well as NBC affiliate WAVY-TV and Fox affiliate WVBT in Norfolk (which became sister properties to WRIC through Media General's 2015 acquisition of LIN Media) under common ownership with the Roanoke duopoly of Fox affiliate WFXR and CW affiliate WWCW (which necessitated Media General to sell WSLS-TV to Graham Media Group in order to alleviate said ownership conflict with the two existing Nexstar-owned stations).[17][18][19] On September 20, 2017, the station dropped its longtime brand of WRIC-TV 8 and is now branded on-air as "ABC 8".

On December 3, 2018, Nexstar announced it would acquire the assets of Chicago-based Tribune Media—which has owned CBS affiliate WTVR since 2009—for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. Nexstar was precluded from acquiring WTVR directly or indirectly, as FCC regulations prohibit common ownership of two or more of the four highest-rated stations in the same media market. (Furthermore, any attempt by Nexstar to assume the operations of WTVR through local marketing or shared services agreements would have been subject to regulatory hurdles that could have delayed completion of the FCC and Justice Department's review and approval process for the acquisition.) As such, Nexstar was required to sell either WTVR or WRIC to a separate, unrelated company to address the ownership conflict.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29] On March 20, 2019, it was announced that Nexstar would keep WRIC-TV and sell WTVR to Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company, as part of the company's sale of nineteen Nexstar- and Tribune-operated stations to Scripps and Tegna Inc. in separate deals worth $1.32 billion; the transaction marked Scripps' entry into Virginia.[30][31]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

On November 1, 2011, WRIC-TV ceased to carry The Country Network on the station's 8.2 sub-channel after Young terminated their deal with TCN and dropped the channel on all of its stations that carried it. After Young made a deal to carry ABC's Live Well Network, it launched on June 1, 2012 on WRIC's 8.2 virtual sub-channel. On May 30, 2015 at 4:00 a.m., WRIC-TV (along with all other former-Young Broadcasting stations who were carrying it) ceased to carry Live Well Network on the station's 8.2 sub-channel. On November 1, 2015, WRIC-TV began carrying Ion Television on its 8.2 sub-channel. On February 3, 2016, WRIC-TV began carrying GetTV on its 8.3 sub-channel (now seen on WFWG-LD's 30.3 sub-channel as of February 7, 2021). On October 25, 2017, WRIC-TV began carrying Laff on its 8.4 sub-channel.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WRIC-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 22.[33] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers continue to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.1.

As part of the SAFER Act,[34] WRIC-TV kept its analog signal on the air until June 26 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.


Syndicated programming on WRIC includes Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Drew Barrymore Show, and Dr. Phil among others.

News operation[edit]

On September 28, 2011, WRIC-TV became the third commercial station (behind WWBT and WTVR) in Richmond to broadcast local news in high definition.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


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Broadcast television in Central Virginia, including Richmond and Petersburg

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television

Local stations
  • WTVR-TV (6.1 CBS, 6.2 ANT, 6.3 CBS6 Xtra, 6.4 Court TV, 6.5 Ion, 6.6 Newsy)
  • WRIC-TV (8.1 ABC, 8.2 Ion, 8.3 Cozi TV, 8.4 Laff)
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  • WFWG-LD (30.2 Cozi, 30.3 GetTV, 30.4 Classic movies, 30.5 Cheddar, 30.6 Classic TV)
  • WRLH-TV (35.1 Fox, 35.2 MNT/TBD, 35.3 Comet, 35.4 Charge!, 35.5 Dabl)
  • WZTD-LD (45.2 NBC Lx)
  • WUPV (65.1 CW, 65.2 Bounce, 65.3 Grit, 65.4 Laff, 65.5 Start TV)
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Religious stations
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Defunct stations

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    News has never been more local than in the palm of your hand. The WRIC 8News mobile app brings you all the top stories from our daily broadcasts, as well as stories developing in real time.

    We are RVA’s go-to source for local news, weather, traffic, sports and stories about people impacting our community. StormTracker8 is the area’s No. 1 weather team – our meteorologists are measured, ranked and rated Richmond’s MOST accurate forecast. 8News is first to respond with severe and disruptive weather, and our reporters are first to alert you when news breaks in your neighborhood. We are Central Virginia’s top choice for local news online.

    Our Taking Action investigative reporters uncover government corruption, question those in power and expose people who abuse their positions, ensuring consumers have a powerful voice to fight back against injustice. The 8News team covers the City of Richmond, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, Tri-Cities and more communities throughout the region. With our mobile app, you can take 8News on-the-go and stay connected to the news where you live.


    • Watch video of your trusted reporters on the scene, and read revealing articles on what's going on in your community.
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