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Weather Channel Distances Itself From Founder’s Climate Change Comments

ColemanKellyDavid Kenny, CEO of the Weather Channel, is distancing the company from comments made by Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman on Megyn Kelly‘s show earlier this week.

“Not only is the ice not melting, more polar bears are alive and happy today than we’ve had in 100 years,” Coleman told Kelly. The  research behind climate change “is bad, bad science,” he says.

In a note to staff today, obtained by TVNewser, Kenny writes, “Mr. Coleman does have a place in our company’s history, and we appreciate the contributions he made more than 30 years ago. However, we want to be clear: John Coleman is no longer affiliated with our company, and his opinions do not represent The Weather Company. We regret any confusion this has caused.”

Coleman, 80, has worked in TV news for more than 60 years. He was the first weather anchor for “Good Morning America” in the 1970s. In 1981 he co-founded the Weather Channel. He’s also worked at WCBS in New York, WBBM, WLS and WMAQ in Chicago,  and spent the last 20 years of his career KUSI in San Diego.

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Royals to Win World Series, According to The Weather Channel

GoodloeGame 7 of the World Series is tonight and if baseball fans want to know the outcome, they should probably tune in to The Weather Channel. Meteorologist Paul Goodloe is two-for-two predicting World Series games based on one key factor… wind.

Prior to Game 1, Goodloe mentioned the wind coming from the east at Kauffman Stadium, which would give right-handed hitters an advantage at the plate. He predicted both Giants OF Hunter Pence and Royals catcher Salvador Perez would hit home runs. They both did. He also correctly predicted a Giants’ victory.

Before Game 6, Goodloe predicted Royals 3B Mike Moustakas would homer to right field due to Northwest winds, which statistically favor left-hand players in Kauffman Stadium. He also highlighted Royals 1B Eric Hosmer as a potential key player in the game and said the Royals “should win.” Well, Moustakas hit a home run and Hosmer went 2-5 with two RBIs in the Royals’ 10-0 victory.

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Upcoming Winter Storms Have Their Names

With snow falling in parts of the country today, the Weather Channel is already looking ahead to winter. As it has for the past two years, the network announced storm names for the winter season earlier this week.

Start practicing the below names in the unfortunate event you hear them a lot.

Storm Names

Fans will get the opportunity to name the “W” storm this month. They can go to this poll to decide between Warren, Wilda, Willie, Woden, and Wolf. If Willie wins, it will be interesting to see what kind of segments NBC’s “Today” comes up with based off of co-host Willie Geist.

Layoffs at the Weather Channel

the-weather-channel304x200TVNewser hears as many as 40 staffers were cut at Atlanta-based Weather Channel today.

Most come from the product and technology group which was created in July as part of a larger reorganization at the company. “That effort to find the ideal structure to best position this team for future growth concluded today and did result in the elimination of some positions,” Weather Channel spokesperson Shirley Powell says.

Bloomberg recently reported that two of the three owners of the Weather Channel — private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital — may be looking to sell their interest. The third owner is NBCUniversal. The three acquired Weather in 2008.

News of cuts at Weather Channel come on the same day the New York Times looks to cut 100 newsroom jobs.

Nora Zimmett Named SVP of Programming at The Weather Channel

The-Weather-ChannelNora Zimmett has been named senior vice president of live programming at The Weather Channel. Zimmett joins the network from CNN, where she was most recently the co-creator and executive producer of the weekend edition of “New Day” and “Smerconish.”

“Nora’s vast experience covering important issues makes her the ideal leader for a team with an editorial mission focused on safety and preparedness as well as science,” Weather Channel president David Clark said in a statement. “She is an amazing journalist and brings with her an understanding of storytelling and how important it is to our network.”

Prior to working at CNN, Zimmett worked at Bloomberg TV and Fox News. In her new role, she will be based in Atlanta.

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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.

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


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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