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Cable News Stars Wheel and Deal

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Some real estate wheeling and dealing among cable news talent, as Mika Brzezinski recently put down roots in DC and Sam Champion continues to try and exit New York for good.

The Washington Post reports Brzezinski recently bought a Georgetown two-bedroom, two bathroom condo for close to $1 million. Brzezinski co-hosts “Morning Joe” from New York City and lives in New York, so the new DC digs must be for the weekends.

Meanwhile, Champion, who moved to Atlanta upon his arrival at The Weather Channel, is trying to make the forecast sunnier for prospective buyers of his NYC penthouse. He reportedly lowered the asking price for his Upper West Side condo another $1 million; the price slash now makes his asking price $2 million less than when he first listed the swanky pad in 2011.

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Weather Channel Geeks Out

BigBangTheoryIt’s “Big Bang Theory” meets the weather.

On Sunday, The Weather Channel will debut the new show “Weather Geeks.” The network calls it “a televised forum by and for the weather community.” The show will be hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, past president of the American Meteorological Society, with guests from all areas of meteorology. The first episode focuses on the merits of storm chasing and asks whether it’s worth it.

“Weather Geeks” premieres Sunday at Noon ET.

The Weather — and Baby Locked in Hot Car — Channel

Weather Channel reporter Julie Marin was sent out on a story for “AMHQ” this morning to demonstrate what to do if you see a baby locked in a hot car. Alongside two DeKalb Country firefighters, and armed with a tire iron, Martin took a whack at the back window… then another… and another.

After 19 blows, the window still didn’t break. “That’s not easy,” Martin said. “No, it’s not,” the firefighter responded. “Sometimes, the tire irons can be a little difficult, so we’re going to graduate you to this halligan,” a larger tool used by firefighters. After 9 strikes, success! Dummy baby saved.

“This would be hard for some average person, to do this,” Martin said. WATCH:

Production Cuts at Sam Champion’s Weather Channel Show

031714 AMHQ Sam Champion_05Four months after launch, the Weather Channel’s signature morning show, “AMHQ with Sam Champion” is feeling some growing pains. A tipster tells us that a dozen freelance production jobs have been cut.

A Weather Channel spokesperson tells TVNewser the daily studio contractor schedule was adjusted “to gain some efficiency post launch” and that the freelancers could be brought back as needs adjust. No staff jobs were cut “and there are no cuts ahead,” the spokesperson says, adding that the network is looking to fill several new full time positions.

While the show got off to a slow start in March, “AMHQ” has been seeing some bright spots. For the month of June, “AMHQ” topped the 7am-10am hours on MSNBC in the A25-54 demo by +3%. On July 4, “AMHQ” averaged 173,000 total viewers, outranking MSNBC, CNN and HLN.

TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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One Year Later, Networks Return to Moore, OK

One year after an EF5 tornado killed 24 people in Moore, the cable and broadcast networks are back in the Oklahoma town to cover the first anniversary of the devastating storm. All the anchors and correspondents in Moore this year also covered the tornado’s aftermath from Oklahoma last year.

Ginger Zee was live from Moore for “Good Morning America” today. Matt Lauer anchored “Today” from New York, but showed interviews from a recent trip to cover the anniversary. NBC News also has Gabe Gutierrez in Moore for the network and for MSNBC. Casey Stegall is there for Fox News, George Howell is there for CNN and Thomas Roberts is there for MSNBC. Roberts hosted “Way Too Early” live from Moore this morning.

Greg Forbes Set to Return to Weather Channel After Colon Cancer Surgery

GregForbesTwo weeks after colon cancer surgery, Weather Channel meteorologist Dr. Greg Forbes has been cleared to return to work. He will be back on the air next week.

“Dr. Forbes will be in and out of the office the next several months for ongoing treatment and follow-ups, but we’ll be very happy to have him back in the office when he is up to it. Based on the outpouring of support on social media, I know his fans will feel the same,” Weather Channel president David Clark wrote in a note to staff this morning.

Clark’s note, after the jump. Read more

White House Lockdown as TV Meteorologists Descend on Washington

The White House went on lockdown this afternoon just as local and national TV news meteorologists were planning live shots as part of the White House climate change report released earlier today. Security officials closed the gates, cleared the North Lawn, and asked occupants to stay inside the building after they spotted a blue Honda Civic parked near the White House’s front entrance.

According to secret service, the driver of the car was a “Treasury Department pass holder” who was not authorized to cross the secure perimeter. The lockdown was lifted after about 15 minutes.

NBC’s Al Roker and ABC meteorologist Ginger Zee (CBS’s morning show does not have a staff weatherperson) along with six meteorologists from local stations sat down with President Obama today for interviews on climate change. But a few also asked about the situation in Nigeria and how far the U.S. is willing to go to help rescue more than 200 schoolgirls being held by terror group Boko Haram.

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Josh Elliott Makes NBC Debut, with Former ABC Colleague

ElliottChampionFormer “Good Morning America” hosts Josh Elliott and Sam Champion were back together again this morning on the Weather Channel. Around 9:10amET Elliott turned up on Champion’s show “AMHQ.” Both are at Churchill Downs for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby. This is Elliott’s first day on-air for NBC. He joined the network a month ago today. The Weather Channel is part-owned by NBC. Elliott will be covering today’s Kentucky Oaks on NBC Sports Network as well the Derby tomorrow.

Weather Channel Meteorologist Diagnosed with Colon Cancer

GregForbesDr. Greg Forbes, the Weather Channel’s severe weather expert, will be off our air for a few weeks as he undergoes colon cancer surgery. The cancer was detected during a routine exam and, because it was spotted early, his prognosis for a full recovery is good.

“Dr. Forbes’ commitment to our audience in times of severe weather has always been remarkable,” writes Weather Channel president David Clark in a note to the staff. “Witnessing him go full bore during the storms these past few days, knowing what he has been dealing with, is something I, for one, will tell my grandkids about. We are grateful for him and look forward to his full recovery and welcoming him back very soon.”

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