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After Suffering Symptons of PTSD, Mike Bettes Is Back for Tornado Week

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It was an especially violent tornado season last year for Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes, but he’s ready to return for the network’s upcoming “Tornado Week.” Bettes and his crew were in a “Tornado Hunt” truck that was thrown about 200 yards by the powerful El Reno tornado (pictured above) on May 31.

Bettes was left with cuts on his face, hands, and arms. He also swallowed glass and got three stitches on his left hand. His photographer Austin Anderson experienced even more severe injuries, but has fully recovered.

“It was tough in the weeks and months following the tornado,” Bettes tells TVNewser. “I definitely had symptoms of PTSD, but time has helped, as well as the support from my family and coworkers. Ultimately, knowing how much our viewers rely on us to bring them timely tornado warnings has motivated me to report from the field again.”

Bettes is also taking extra safety precautions this year.

“We will do everything we can in the future to assure a large buffer zone between our crew and the storm,” he says. He’ll also insist on “multiple exit routes to help us escape quickly in the event that a tornado makes an unexpected turn.” Bettes will be on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” later this morning.

“Tornado Week” on the Weather Channel begins tomorrow.

NBC News Crew on Mt. Everest As Avalanche Hits

EverestTodayNBC News had a crew in place at a Mt. Everest base camp this morning when an avalanche struck killing at least 13 Sherpas who guide climbers to the summit of the world’s highest peak.

Jonathan Fierro is a producer with NBC’s Peacock Productions and Ed Wardle is a cameraman with the group. They are working on next month’s Everest Jump Live that will air on Discovery Channel, but is being produced by Peacock, and hosted by Willie Geist.

“It’s a pretty regular occurrence here, nobody was shocked by that,” Wardle told Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” adding, “When radio reports started coming off the mountain that people were stuck in the avalanche, everybody came out and started getting organized for the rescue.” Guthrie reports that the rest of the NBC News team there preparing for Everest Jump Live is okay. (The interview is after the jump.)

Over on the Weather Channel, anchor Sam Champion spoke with his former colleague, WABC anchor and avid mountaineer, Diana Williams, who was live in Katmandu. Williams had just descended from Mt. Everest after reaching base camp. The rest of her climbing group was still up on the mountain.

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Hair-Raising Incident at Weather Channel

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Several Weather Channel employees went bald imitating meteorologist Jim Cantore for a promo shoot Monday — Jimposters, we’ll call them. The soon-to-air TV promo is for a new, redesigned Weather Channel App, coming out soon. As far as we know, no actual hair was lost during filming. For a few of these folks, it’s been gone for a while now.

Weather Channel to Return to DirecTV, With Fewer Reality TV Shows For All

directv weather channelThe Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV. The channel has been off the satellite service for nearly three months following a contract carriage dispute.

As part of the deal, DirecTV agreed to a small increase in the fees it pays to Weather Channel, the Wall Street Journal reports, though the increase will be less than the penny a subscriber a month Weather Channel sought. WSJ reports the Weather Channel has also agreed to increase the airtime it gives to weather-related news.

When talks broke down in January, DirecTV chief content officer Dan York was critical of the proliferation of reality shows and weather documentaries. “Most consumers don’t want to watch a weather information channel with a forecast of a 40 percent chance of reality TV,” he said.

Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel Tweeted the channel will return tomorrow. DirecTV has more than 20 million subscribers.

More: The Weather Channel agreed to reduce reality programming by half on weekdays and return instant local weather. More in the news release from both companies, after the jump…

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Sam Champion: ‘NBC Sports is a Great Opportunity for Josh’s Heart’

ChampionElliottOn his Weather Channel show this morning, Sam Champion commented on Josh Elliott‘s departure from “Good Morning America.”

“He’s a great guy and a very good friend,” said Champion of his former ABC News colleague. “What folks need to understand is just like The Weather Channel was an incredible opportunity for my heart, NBC Sports is a great opportunity for Josh’s heart.”

As we reported last night, Elliott, who has been with “GMA” for three years, will be leaving the network this week and joining NBC Sports. Champion left “GMA” for the Weather Channel in December.

“I know that fans of ‘GMA’ are not loving it. But it’s a happy day for Josh. And folks will follow him no matter where he goes.”

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Sam Champion’s ‘AMHQ’ Debut Ratings

031714 AMHQ Sam Champion_03The ratings for the premiere of Sam Champion‘s “AMHQ” on The Weather Channel were overcast, to say the least.

“AMHQ” drew 207,000 total viewers and 64,000 A25-54 demo viewers from 7am-10amET, down -12% in viewers and down -14% in the demo from the Weather Channel’s prior four-week average in the timeslot.

The 8amET hour was the most-watched with 240,000 total viewers and 78,000 demo viewers.

By comparison, in the 6am-9am cable timeslot, “Fox & Friends” averaged 1.13M total viewers on Monday; CNN’s “New Day” averaged 452,000, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” averaged 339,000 and HLN’s “Morning Express” brought in 302,000. Meanwhile, Champion’s former show “Good Morning America,” which is the No. 1 morning show in the U.S., delivered 5.77 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals.

Sam Champion Debuts on ‘America’s Morning Headquarters’

031714 AMHQ Sam Champion_05Sam Champion debuted as host of “America’s Morning Headquarters” this morning on The Weather Channel, opening the show with a report on Winter Storm Wiley.

Champion gave the latest information on the storm to his his viewers, which had already dropped eight inches of snow on Washington D.C. at the beginning of “AMHQ.”

“Welcome to the airwaves my friend, it’s about time you got on the air,” meteorologist Jim Cantore said to Champion from his live shot in snowy D.C. “We’re looking forward to weeks and months and years of having you on TWC.”

Champion also brought social media into the show, showing weather photos social users sent in on-air.

And the new Managing Editor of The Weather Channel will also be on “The Dr. Oz Show” today. The show’s preview teases a “bombshell” health scare Champion “didn’t see coming.”

“I generally would think of myself as a pretty healthy guy, and so that’s why this kind of thing surprised me,” Champion tells Dr. Oz.

Dave Schwartz Returns to Weather Channel

DaveSchwartzDave Schwartz, longtime meteorologist for The Weather Channel, will return to the network next month. Schwartz, a fan favorite, spent more than 20 years at the Weather Channel. Since leaving the network in 2008, Schwartz wrote a weekly weather column and also worked at an Atlanta Macy’s.

In January, the Washington Post reported Schwartz had joined weather start-up Network Weather, which was planning to launch in October. The Atlanta-based start-up had also brought on Rich Johnson, who spent 21 years at The Weather Channel, departing in 2009.

Sam Champion: ‘It All Starts With the Weather’

samChampionNew Managing Editor of The Weather Channel Sam Champion assured advertisers yesterday that the additions of news, sports, and documentary programming to the network won’t take away from what viewers want to see most.

“It all starts with the weather,” Champion said yesterday at The Weather Channel’s advertising upfront. Champion also told The New York Times he is excited that his new show, “America’s Morning Headquarters”— which debuts March 17 from 7amET to 10amET—will be live in all time zones as opposed to being tape delayed.

“That’s a big deal for me and, I think, a big deal for the Weather Channel,” Mr. Champion said, adding that when discussions at “Good Morning America” turned to viewership being “soft on the West Coast,” he would reply, “‘Oh, oh, I know why: It’s a three-hour-old show by the time they see it.’”

Champion spoke with Metro New York about shaking up traditional morning TV:

Morning are different in my house than they were in my parents’ house. Your first connection to the world is not your television. Your first connection to the world is multiplatform from the moment your phone goes off. You check your messages, Twitter and Facebook and you have an understanding of the running headlines but you might have some questions. I don’t want to see the stuff in the morning that I saw in my evening newscast because I already saw them online.

And appearing on “Morning Joe” this morning, Champion promised one thing:

“We’re not going to do politics…we’re not going to get heavy into that,” suggesting to Mika Brzezinski that viewers can surf between “Morning Joe” and “AMHQ” for their politics and weather fix.

Champion on “Morning Joe” after the jump. Read more

Al Roker’s Severe Forecast for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: ’1 Term’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been taking some heat today for keeping city schools open during the snow storm, and “Today’s” Al Roker joined in via Sochi.

Roker was tweeting away during a press conference Mayor de Blasio gave this morning, with Willie Geist offering the visual. Read more

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