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Jim Cantore: ‘This Whole Argument About Climate Change is Just Explosive’

Jim Cantore in Chicago on Saturday. Photo: Alissa Krinsky

Jim Cantore in Chicago on Saturday. Photo: Alissa Krinsky

It was last week that Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman told FNC’s Megyn Kelly that research showing the effects of climate change “is bad, bad science.”

A few days later, Weather Channel CEO David Kenny, distanced the company from the comments, emphasizing that Coleman’s views do not represent those of the network.

This weekend in Chicago, longtime Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore weighed in with TVNewser on the back-and-forth.

“John certainly has the right to his own opinion,” Cantore says. “I don’t necessarily agree with it, but that’s his opinion. This whole argument about climate change is just explosive, [and] it’s not getting any better.  It’s gotten so explosive, that neither side wants to hear each other.”

As a result, Cantore says, Americans are missing an opportunity to find ”common ground” by embracing environmental responsibility.

“At the end of the day,” he says, “how can anyone argue with being a good steward to our planet?”

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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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On National Weatherperson’s Day, Weather Channel CEO Praises Staff

the-weather-channel304x200If you didn’t know, today is National Weatherperson’s Day, and The Weather Channel’s Chairman and CEO David Kenny took a moment to praise his staff.

In an internal memo obtained by TVNewser, Kenny compliments The Weather Channel’s team of meteorologists.

“The true dedication to service, to keeping people safe, and to advancing the science is amazing and is the spirit that drives our company.”

He also singles out Jim Cantore, who was recently named “Weather Person of the Year” by the non-profit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

“Jim is a great ambassador for our company and his profession, something he has in common with all of our on camera and behind-the-scenes mets,” Kenny added.

The Weather Channel remains unavailable in 20 million DirecTV homes. The Channel has been off the satellite TV service for more than 3 weeks as the companies spar over fees.

The full memo after the jump.

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Weather Channel: DirecTV Subscribers Should Be Able to Switch, Without Penalty

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 11.42.44 PMThe Weather Channel is ratcheting up the rhetoric in its fight to get back on DirecTV.

The leading weather TV channel, which begins a ninth day off the nation’s second-largest pay TV service, has taken out full-page ads in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal Wednesday that feature an open letter to DirecTV’s chairman and CEO Michael White from the Weather Channel’s Chairman and CEO, David Kenny. Kenny is asking DirecTV to return to the negotiating table, and its hoping viewer response will help make that happen.

The letter, which you can read in full after the jump, also asks DirecTV’s board to waive cancelation fees for customers who want to switch.

Your customers were never given a vote about DIRECTV’s decision to drop The Weather Channel. The least you can do is allow them to vote now with their feet by waiving termination fees for those seeking to switch to a provider that still carries The Weather Channel, as every other pay-TV company in the nation does.

The Weather Channel was seeking a 1 cent per month per subscriber increase from DirecTV. DirecTV was seeking to decrease what it pays the Weather Channel claiming the network was relying on “reality show clutter.” It replaced TWC with WeatherNation.

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Behind The Weather Channel’s DirecTV Replacement WeatherNation

WeatherNationTVThe Weather Channel remains off DirecTV with no return in sight. In fact, TWC chief David Kenny says the network may never return to the satellite service, cutting off TWC to 20 million homes. DirecTV replaced TWC with WeatherNation. What is WeatherNation? NewsBluesMike James spent an hour yesterday watching the network along with “a top TV weather professional.”

The company, the brainchild of former WCCO-4-CBS Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas, originates from a small studio in Excelsior, MN, a southwestern suburb of Minneapolis. The studio is tiny, made to look larger by occasional drop-in shots of a larger “virtual studio,” which exists only on a computer hard drive.

WeatherNation appears to use the Omni weather graphics system from Baron Industries of Huntsville, AL. The Weather Company, parent company of The Weather Channel, controls the two other primary weather graphics companies: Weather Services International and Weather Central.

WeatherNation does indeed seem to operate on 15-minute programming loops, some of which appear to be pre-taped and repeated during the day. On-camera talent, all of whom are degreed and highly qualified meteorologists, rotate in and out on staggered eight-hour shifts. Talent appears to control the switching of graphics and studio cameras, which are locked down.

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Jim Cantore: ‘It’s Just Irresponsible For DIRECTV to Drop The Weather Channel’

the-weather-channel304x200With just hours to go until the deadline for The Weather Channel and DIRECTV to reach a new carriage agreement, Jim Cantore has penned a column arguing that the channel needs to remain on the air “as a trusted resource for those who need our information to stay prepared and ready for what the weather brings.”

We are listening to all your constructive comments and at the end of the day I feel it’s just irresponsible for DIRECTV to drop The Weather Channel and deny their viewers access to critical and potentially life-saving information in times of severe weather. I think it’s a dangerous gamble to put lives at risk for a penny. I think you’ll agree. Nobody can do weather like we do. Nobody.

The deadline for a new carriage agreement is 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. As the last hours tick by, The Weather Channel has been using the hashtag #stormDIRECTV to continue its campaign on social media, as well as encouraging viewers to contact their representatives in Congress to ask them to intervene.

In the event of a blackout, DIRECTV viewers would not be without a source for weather news: last month, DIRECTV added WeatherNation to its lineup, placing it right next to The Weather Channel on the dial. Read more

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 Planning Major Programming, Technical Revamp This Year

The Weather Channel is planning its largest programming push in its history over the next year, expanding not only its morning and dayside weather news programs, but also its entertainment and long-form programming in primetime. “Wake Up with Al” will be sticking around, but will be joined by new shows.

At a splashy upfront presentation at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City this morning, the channel pulled back the curtain on what is coming down the pipeline. It was the first upfront event for the company in five years, and the first real presentation in its history.

“This is an incredible, incredible thing, because being at the Weather Channel 26 years, I have never seen us do something like this, and throw something this huge,” meteorologist Jim Cantore said.

Aside from the programming, the biggest change viewers will see is the graphics packages, which are being redesigned to be consistent across all of the Weather Company platforms, including and the Weather app. The new TV graphics bear a striking resemblance to the graphics found on the website and app. Local weather and information will always be on-screen, at leastin the morning, when so many viewers tune in to the channel.

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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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David Kenny Named Chairman and CEO of The Weather Channel Companies

David Kenny has been named Chairman and CEO of The Weather Channel Companies, which operates The Weather Channel on TV, radio, online as well as WSI, a weather forecasting and solutions provider.

Kenny joins from Akamai, where he was president. “I was attracted to The Weather Channel because weather is fascinating,” he says. “I am excited to join a team of talented meteorologists, management leaders and dedicated employees as we collaborate to grow and expand across our various platforms globally.”

The Weather Channel Companies is owned by a consortium of NBC Universal, and private equity firms Bain Capital, and The Blackstone Group. Kenny succeeds Mike Kelly, who joined the company as President and CEO in 2009. Kelly will serve as a special adviser to Kenny and as an adviser to Bain Capital, which has been in the news recently as it is the firm co-founded by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Before Akamai, Kenny co-founded and served as managing partner of VivaKi, the media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he is a past Chairman and CEO of Digitas Inc., the advertising agency. He is also on the board of Yahoo Inc..

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