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TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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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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Everest Jump Live Canceled

GeistEverestDiscovery 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.

Hair-Raising Incident at Weather Channel

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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.

The P.M. Ticker: Geist, Offerman, Champion

  • 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.

Sam Champion Debuts on ‘America’s Morning Headquarters’

031714 AMHQ Sam Champion_05Sam Champion debuted as host of “America’s Morning Headquarters” this morning on The Weather Channel, opening the show with a report on Winter Storm Wiley.

Champion gave the latest information on the storm to his his viewers, which had already dropped eight inches of snow on Washington D.C. at the beginning of “AMHQ.”

“Welcome to the airwaves my friend, it’s about time you got on the air,” meteorologist Jim Cantore said to Champion from his live shot in snowy D.C. “We’re looking forward to weeks and months and years of having you on TWC.”

Champion also brought social media into the show, showing weather photos social users sent in on-air.

And the new Managing Editor of The Weather Channel will also be on “The Dr. Oz Show” today. The show’s preview teases a “bombshell” health scare Champion “didn’t see coming.”

“I generally would think of myself as a pretty healthy guy, and so that’s why this kind of thing surprised me,” Champion tells Dr. Oz.

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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Anderson Cooper Praises Jim Cantore’s ‘Reporter Riverdance’

Anderson Cooper gave props to Jim Cantore Thursday night for his “reporter Riverdance” earlier in the week on The Weather Channel.

Reporting from the College of Charleston Tuesday night, Cantore kneed a college student in the stomach after the student came running at him during his live shot.

“That was intrepid reporter, I’m guessing Kung Fu expert, Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel. Executed a perfect live shot defense, it’s like a reporter Riverdance, just the leg moves, really nothing else.”

Cooper also called out the college student: “A classic knee jerk reaction. See there’s the knee, and there’s the jerk on the left.”

He then turned back the clock to 2008, showing his own live shot from Hurricane Ike, where a guy in a chicken suit joined him.

Meet the Kid Who Got Kneed by Jim Cantore

This is Colin Marcelli, a College of Charleston student and YouTube star. Marcelli, you’ll recall (watch here), was kneed in the stomach — not the groin as it would appear — when he burst into Jim Cantore‘s Weather Channel live shot Tuesday evening. Nearly two million views later, it’s not quite.

“He got me good,” Marcelli told Charleston CBS affiliate WCSC. “I figured it would be one of those things that I was on the Weather Channel for a minute, maybe laugh about it, see the video on YouTube and then it would be over.”

Did it hurt? “Yeah a little bit.” Would he do it again? “100%” yes. “It’s my 15 minutes of fame, you don’t get this very often.”

Jim Cantore Knees A College Kid in the Groin

Here’s something 20 million DirecTV customers didn’t see. Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, covering winter storm Leon from the College of Charleston, wasn’t going to let a troublemaker get in the way of his 5pm live shot. Cantore saw the kid coming. The kid didn’t see where Cantore’s knee was going. WATCH:

Jim Cantore Caught in the Middle of DirecTV-Weather Channel Dispute

CantoreJim Cantore got bumped from Dan Patrick‘s show because of the Weather Channel carriage dispute with DirecTV. DirecTV owns Patrick’s show (which also airs on NBC Sports Network) and the company didn’t think it was a good idea to have on one of the Weather Channel’s biggest stars in the middle of the carriage fight. Cantore was booked to give a Super Bowl forecast this week. The show will instead use Paul Douglas, a former local news meteorologist in Minneapolis who created WeatherNation, which DirecTV now carries in place of Weather Channel.

“We like Jim and thought, under the circumstances, that it may be a bit awkward for him to appear on a DirectTV-owned show so we let him off the hook,” a DirecTV spokesman tells the LA Times’ Joe Flint.

Meanwhile, the Weather Channel took out more full-page ads today, this time taking a shot at DirecTV CEO Mike White who said late last week, “I can assure you 99.9995% of our current customers have voted to stay on the DIRECTV platform.”

That would be about 100 customers. The Weather Channel figures about 190,000 DirecTV customers would commit to switching services over the loss of TWC.

DirecTV subscribers are entering their second week without the Weather Channel.

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