In addition to the abundant recent restaurant news, Dining in DC has it’s own news! I am very excited to announce that Dining in DC has entered into a promotional agreement with a brand new site that is slated to launch later this summer called TBD.com — a real-time DC news site for the company that owns Politico. TBD.com has partnered with a number of local bloggers– creating a network using a wide community-focused approach. The new website will provide the latest news covering the entire Washington, DC metropolitan area. The online content will be paired with content from their sister TV stations ABC’s WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Dining in DC will be part of TBD’s Dining section and will be providing original content with restaurant reviews, news, events, and chef interviews.
TBD.com’s parent company Allbritton Communications’ General Manager, Jim Brady, former WashingtonPost.com Executive Editor said his goal is to “create a replicable, digital with a web-only focus” website. With ex-CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris on board, the site will replace the current WJLA and NewsChannel 8 Web properties. And the name itself is To Be Determinded, hence the name — TBD.com. So how did they come up with the name TBD? The website said, “We came very close to securing a name more than once, but each time an obstacle – a divided staff, a greedy domain holder, a trademark problem – blocked the way. In a mixture of humor and frustration, Editor Erik Wemple began signing his emails, “Editor, TBD.com.” Before long, we realized Erik had stumbled upon the perfect name”
The editors explained that their news operation will never deliver a finished product, unlike newspapers and TV broadcasts. Instead, it will report key answers about stories as they develop in real time, “with the rest TBD.” TBD.com, which launches this summer, won’t look like a typical TV station site. “We’re trying to do something different,” says General Manager Brady. “We’re trying to combine what makes the Web interesting and what makes TV such an effective medium.”