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Weather Channel Lays Off 7% Of Workforce In Restructuring

The Weather Channel laid off dozens of employees today as part of a mass restructuring of the company. TVNewser hears that as many as 75-80 people were affected by the changes, with Weather’s Atlanta headquarters hit hardest.

In a statement, a spokesperson for The Weather Channel confirmed that it was eliminating positions across the company, and that approximately 7% of the workforce would be affected.

“In late September we began an effort to reorganize of our company into business units based around our customers and the products and services we create and deliver to them,” the statement says. “This effort was recently concluded and has resulted in the elimination of positions in several divisions of the company. With these organizational changes and our new structure, we are better positioned for future growth. Employees who are directly affected by this position elimination or reorganization are being informed and we are working closely with them through this period of transition.”

Weather last laid off employees in November, 2008, not long after NBCUniversal acquired a controlling stake in the company alongside private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. In the past few weeks a number of on-air meteorologists announced that they were leaving the company, including 14-year employee Adam Berg and 27-year employee Jeff Morrow. It isn’t clear if their departures are related to the wave of layoffs that hit the channel today.

We will update the story with any new information, as we get it.

2012 also marks Weather’s 30th anniversary on TV, as we noted earlier this year.

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Adam Berg Departs Weather Channel

Adam Berg is the latest Weather Channel meteorologist to be cut from the Atlanta-based network. Berg announced the news on his Facebook page Thursday. “Sad to say but tonight is my last night at TWC. It’s been a great run.”

The Chattanooga native joined Weather in 1999 and has been on camera since 2003.

Berg follows 27-year employee Jeff Morrow who departed the network earlier this month.

“I will miss my co-workers dearly,” Berg wrote. “They have really shown their true, beautiful colors over the past couple weeks. Best people in the biz.”

27-Year Veteran Jeff Morrow Out At Weather Channel

Meteorologist Jeff Morrow, who has been a staple at The Weather Channel for 27 years, is leaving the network, according to an email sent to staff this morning. Morrow has been a regular not only in-studio, but in the field at the channel, including a number of visits to the middle of hurricanes, such as Katrina.

“Jeff has been an important contributor to the growth and evolution of The Weather Channel and we appreciate the many years of forecasting and live field coverage Jeff has delivered as part of the best weather provider in the country,” wrote VP of live programming Helen Swenson in the email. ” I hope you join us in thanking Jeff for his many contributions and wish him the best in his future”

TVNewser also hears that a few other meteorologists are also leaving the network, though we haven’t been able to confirm those departures yet.

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