To cover what it has dubbed Winter Storm Damon, The Weather Channel has sent correspondents to the areas expected to be hit the hardest by the Nor’easter. Sam Champion and Mike Seidel are in New York City, Raegan Medgie is near Boston in Gloucester Beach, Jim Cantore will report live from Syracuse and affiliates across the country are ready to go live on TWC. In addition, Champion and Seidel are ready to be shipped out to other locations depending on the path and duration of the storm.
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“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?”
It’s being billed as the most dangerous tightrope walk in the history of the Wallenda family: tonight in the Windy City, Nik Wallenda is set to cross the Chicago River while more than 50 stories high above the water, with no tether and no net.
For an encore, he’s then to do a second, shorter wire walk, between the two famed Marina Tower buildings located nearby. And this time, he’ll be blindfolded.
Not a feat for the faint of heart.
“Nik is probably the coolest, most calm guy when it comes to these things, as you would want him to be,” says Natalie Morales. who, with Today colleague Willie Geist, will co-anchor Discovery Channel’s coverage of the high-intensity event, which is being produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions. ”I think we feel more of a comfort level, knowing how well he trains for the unforeseen circumstance.”
“I think we’re so confident in Nik because he’s so confident in himself,” adds Geist. “He does things he knows he’s capable of doing.”
TVNewser caught up with Morales and Geist in Chicago as the two prepped for today’s broadcast. It will be the second time the pair will anchor such coverage, having teamed up last year with The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore for Wallenda’s Grand Canyon walk.
Cantore is part of tonight’s event as well, providing updated forecasts during the show. He told TVNewser in Chicago that while the weather will be blustery - temperatures in the low-to-mid 40′s, with winds between 15-20 mph – that’s his forecast for those of us on the ground. For Wallenda, “the winds can be a little bit stronger up there.”
Should the gusts be too great during his walk, Wallenda has said that his backup plan is to hold on to the wire and wait for help to arrive.
It will be a dangerous endeavor. Peacock Productions President and General Manager Sharon Scott confirms with TVNewser that there will be a 10-second delay during the broadcast, and Morales and Geist say they’re prepared should something go awry.
“Rest assured, there is a plan,” says Geist. ”But we don’t plan on using it.”
Another strategic consideration for the anchors is how to handle their direct communication with Wallenda. The three will be able to talk with each other during the second, shorter walk – the one that will have Wallenda blindfolded. Read more
- Anderson Cooper will anchor his CNN show from Dallas tonight following the latest on the case of nurse Nina Pham, who was diagnosed with Ebola over the weekend. She’s the first person to contract Ebola within the United States.
- Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore has been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The honor, bestowed on only a handful of AMS members, is in recognition for his contribution to the atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrologic sciences.
- Bloomberg Politics and the Des Moines Register have entered into a new polling partnership. The two outlets will jointly produce the Iowa Poll. This is the first time the storied Des Moines newspaper has fully partnered with a national TV outlet on the Iowa poll.
- Fusion is partnering with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to offer recent graduates several working fellowships specializing in digital storytelling, investigative reporting and documentary production.
- For its U.N. Climate Week coverage, The Weather Channel is airing a special tonight at 7pmET called “Weather 2050″ asking a series of “What if?” questions. The network has also produced a forecast for Sept. 23, 2050, which includes Jim Cantore, looking very 2014, but holding a futuristic forecasting device.
- “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir will make his first guest appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tonight on ABC.
- Fox News’ “Outnumbered” celebrated its 100th show today. Since its launch at the end of April, the panel news/talk show has improved the NoonET time period +34% in viewers and +84% in the A25-54 demo.
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.
Discovery Channel has canceled Everest Jump Live, which was scheduled for Sunday May 11. The network put out this statement last night:
In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and out of respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.
The 2-hour event was to be produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn’s journey to the summit of Mt. Everest and his plunge from the top wearing a wingsuit equipped with cameras to give a bird’s eye view.
NBC News’ Willie Geist was to serve as host and be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. This morning on “Today” Geist reported that Sherpa guides are boycotting after Friday’s avalanche — the single deadliest incident in the mountain’s history. 13 Sherpa guides died and three others are still missing. Discovery was planning to broadcast five nights of live programs from Everest beginning Monday, May 5, simulcasting on the Science Channel and Discovery en Español.
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.
- NBC’s Willie Geist will host “Everest Jump Live” on Discovery Channel in May. The two-hour event, produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions, culminates with climber Joby Ogwyn‘s first-of-its-kind wing suit jump from Mt. Everest. Geist will be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore who will track the highly unpredictable weather.
- Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson on “Parks & Recreation” will headline the 70th Annual Congressional Correspondents dinner June 12 in Washington. The dinner, put on by the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association, will be held at the new Marriott Marquis hotel.
- Day two of the Weather Channel’s new morning show “AMHQ” with Sam Champion was down from day one. The show averaged 186,000 viewers Tuesday, down -10% from the premiere on Monday and down -21% from the prior four-week average.
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