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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.

The Sunday Ticker: Cantore, Stelter, CNN/CBS

  • The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was named the 2014 Weatherperson of the Year by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. Cantore was honored Thursday at a dinner in Orlando.

  • A military judge has ordered CNN and CBS to turn over unaired footage from interviews with a woman at the center of a 2012 sexual assault case involving three U.S. Naval Academy students. The judge said  the footage includes ”specific, material information and a level of detail not present” in the woman’s other statements.

Sam Champion to Make Weather Channel Debut

sam championAs a winter storm bears down on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, Sam Champion will make his debut on The Weather Channel today. Champion joined The Weather Channel in December and will debut his morning show in March.

Champion will be on from 4-8pmET from The Weather Channel’s Atlanta studios. He will be joined for coverage of “Winter Storm Janus” by Jim Cantore and Kait Parker from Washington, D.C., Mike Seidel from Plymouth, Mass. and Stephanie Abrams from New York City. The network, which says it will devote round-the-clock coverage to the storm through Wednesday night, will also have a special edition of “Wake Up With Al” tomorrow at 5 a.m. Al Roker will report from Boston.

The ramped-up storm coverage comes as the standoff between The Weather Channel and DIRECTV enters its second week.

DIRECTV Drops The Weather Channel

directv weather channelThe Weather Channel is no longer available to 20 million DIRECTV customers after the two parties failed to reach a new carriage agreement by midnight.

In a statement released shortly after the deadline passed, The Weather Company CEO David Kenney called it a “reckless move” and said he is “shocked they have put corporate profits ahead of keeping a trusted channel that subscribers rely on every day.”

DIRECTV fired back with a statement saying their customers want weather coverage “free of reality show clutter.”

“Most consumers don’t want to watch a weather information channel with a forecast of a 40 percent chance of reality TV,” chief content officer Dan York said. “So with that in mind, we are in the process of discussing an agreement to return the network to our line-up at the right value for our customers.”

Last month, DIRECTV added WeatherNation to its lineup in preparation for a potential blackout. In a column published yesterday, Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore responded: “Nobody can do weather like we do. Nobody.”

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

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