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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

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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.”

Weather Channel President: ‘I Intend to Win’

weather channel winter storm leonAs the feud between The Weather Channel and DIRECTV enters its third week, TWC president David Clark says his network’s coverage of the winter storm in the Deep South gives him confidence that they will ultimately win the battle.

In a note sent Thursday night, Clark thanked staffers for their work covering the severe weather in Atlanta and elsewhere, noting that many Weather Channel employees reporting on the storm were also affected by the storm.

I know people are tired. We are asking a lot of ourselves right now in general, even before we get to storm coverage. I don’t need to tell you what a critical time this is for this team and our network, and how many Americans are counting on us to pull through. The way we win and protect our future is by putting out great TV every day. And like all of you, I intend to win. It is easy to be confident when you work with this team.

In other Weather Channel news, Sam Champion‘s new show, which will debut in March, gets a name: “AMHQ,” short for “America’s Morning Headquarters.” Champion announced the news on Twitter this morning.

Clark’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Sam Champion on DirecTV Spat: ‘You Should Give People the TV they Want’

ChampionWeatherAfter years of moving at the speed of “a giant cruise ship,” Sam Champion has become a sprinter.

“This is the most fun in the world, but I’ve never run so fast,” he says. “Information changes moment to moment. This organization is like a sprinter – it can change, bob and weave, and respond immediately.”

“This organization” is The Weather Channel, which Champion joined last month as managing editor and anchor. The “giant cruise ship” is ABC, where he was ‘Good Morning America’s’ popular weatherguy for seven years.

Labeled as “our No. 1 draft pick” by TWC chief David Clark, Champion will host a 7-to-10 a.m.  morning show, beginning in March. His on-air debut occurred far sooner, however, thanks to Winter Storm Janus last week.

“I knew there would be storms to cover,” Champion, 52, says. “While we’re building this [new] show, I would do work in the field. When this storm turned into more than a foot of snow during commuter rush times, it became a public emergency. We went around the clock.”

Had he been back at ABC, or at any major network, for that matter, Champion says he would have had to fight for airtime.

“I’d go to the News division and say, ‘I need to talk about this storm. I need resources.’ There’s a lot of other news that needs resources, too. That’s not a criticism, it’s just the way it works. … Then the story would be put in a lineup of other news, and I’d have to wait for the show [‘World News.’]”

At Atlanta-based TWC, “I’ve got 220 meteorologists and scientists watching that storm. We had crews covering it right away.”

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David Clark’s Holiday Note to Weather Channel Staff

the-weather-channelIn an end-of-year note to staff, Weather Channel president David Clark encourages employees to enjoy the holidays and rest up for next year: “If you come back in January prepared to bring it, 2014 will be our year.”

“It has been an incredible and fascinating year in weather, as well as at the network,” Clark writes. “The result of your hard work is that we have never been better positioned for growth than we are right now.”

The full note is after the jump. Read more

Kait Parker Joins The Weather Channel

kait parkerSam Champion isn’t the only new hire at The Weather Channel: Kait Parker is joining the network as an on-camera meteorologist early next year.

Parker comes from the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, where she has been a meteorologist since 2010. She will make her debut January 13. “Kait is a passionate and energetic meteorologist who will make a great addition to our ever-growing team of the industry’s leading names in weather,” Weather Channel president David Clark said in a statement.

TVSpy has more details on the hire.

Sam Champion is Now Ready for the Elements

Champion304There’s no going back now. Sam Champion has turned in his ABC News Severe Weather slicker and today was presented his new multi-layer, category 5, snowpocalypse Weather Channel jacket.

Last week Champion left ABC, his work home for 25 years, for the Weather Channel where he takes on the role of managing editor and host of a new morning show that will launch in late winter.

Weather Company CEO David Kenny and Weather Channel president David Clark (above, with Champion) introduced the newest member of their team at the company’s Atlanta headquarters this afternoon.

Weather Channel Gets New Look, Set, Mantra

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The seasons are changing at the Weather Channel. Starting tomorrow, the network will introduce a new visual identity for the network as well as a new tagline: It’s Amazing Out There.

There will be all new weather graphics, refreshed network packaging and new graphics and audio for Local on the 8s, which promises to include more detailed local weather forecasts.

Mornings, the network’s most popular daypart, will feature a new set and new graphics and a new marketing campaign. Among total viewers for Q4 2013-to-date, the 6-9am block trails Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, but with 233,000 viewers, tops HLN (208,000) and CNBC (114,000).

HD viewers will see an enhanced sidebar (shown above) with more detailed weather information including barometric pressure, tides and moon phases. The Channel is turning Sunday nights into a long-form programming destination under the banner of “Natural Drama.”

“As the biggest weather geeks out there, it is totally natural for us to obsess over how weather stories of all kinds are presented and shared,” says David Clark, president of The Weather Channel. “We are investing in strengthening our role in the community of weather enthusiasts and in providing a deeper look into the awesomeness of weather and all the ways we’re connected to it.”

Creative agency mono worked with Trollback and Man Made Music on the tagline and on-air revamp.

Did Fox News Ban Gun Control Segments After Newtown Shooting?

In the aftermath of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, New York‘s Gabe Sherman reports that Fox News producers were instructed this weekend not to wade into the politics of gun control on the air:

According to sources, David Clark, the executive producer in charge of Fox’s weekend coverage, gave producers instructions not to talk about gun-control policy on air. “This network is not going there,” Clark wrote one producer on Saturday night, according to a source with knowledge of the exchange. The directive created a rift inside the network. According to a source, one political panelist e-mailed Clark that Bloomberg was booked on Meet the Press to talk about gun control. Clark responded, “We haven’t buried the children yet, we’re not discussing it.” During the weekend, one frustrated producer went around Clark to lobby Michael Clemente, Fox’s executive vice-president for news editorial, but Clemente upheld the mandate. “We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control,” the source said.

But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News insiders say Clark’s email has been taken “wildly out of context”:

A cursory look at the programming that Fox News aired over the weekend indicates that gun-control was a topic at least five times, including a lengthy discussion between host Chris Wallace and a Democratic lawmaker followed by Wallace with a Republican lawmaker.

And sources say the initial email from Clark was not the network-wide edict it has been portrayed as, but an email to three people concerning a panel discussion on one show.

The initial email from Clark to three panelists reads: “Gentlemen, it is too soon to talk the politics of gun control. The victims’ families still don’t even have the bodies of their loved ones. Let’s leave it for another time. Thanks.”

In addition to two “Fox News Sunday” segments, gun control was discussed on “Fox & Friends” and a Sunday night special report, anchored by Bret Baier, over the weekend. The “FNS” panel discussion is after the jump. Read more

The Weather Channel Network Taps New President

The Weather Channel Network, the TV arm of what is now called The Weather Company, has tapped David Clark as President. Clark was most recently executive VP of sales and partnership development for The Madison Square Garden Company, where he had oversight of MSG Network and Fuse TV. He is a former executive at MTV Networks.

Clark joins during one of the more eventful weeks in Weather Channel history, as it covered Hurricane Sandy, and the storm’s aftermath. NBC News executive Sharon Scott had been filling in as acting head of Weather Channel, until a new leader was hired.

“David brings a unique and broad range of experience across all areas of media and television to this role, one that requires a leader who understands the brand promise of The Weather Channel network while understanding how it must super serve our core audience of weather enthusiasts,” said Weather Company CEO David Kenny in a statement.

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