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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

Weather Channel Plans Super Bowl Blitz

the-weather-channelThe Weather Channel is planning extensive coverage of the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports. Leading up to the NFL’s first cold-weather championship game, the channel will have more than 200 people covering the game:

Eric Hadley, the senior V.P. of sales strategy and marketing for The Weather Company, which owns The Weather Channel, described a push at the network lasting from the N.F.C. and A.F.C. Championships through the Super Bowl itself. Jim Cantore, who is best known for his live coverage of headliner hurricanes, tornadoes and other big storms, and new recruit Sam Champion, whom the Weather Channel poached from ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier this month, will be on site at MetLife Stadium.

The whole thing is premised on a bet that the first cold-weather Super Bowl in National Football League history will generate interest in the elements from viewers. With a high probability of low temperatures, and a distinct possibility of snow, weather could be a big factor in the big game.

Jim Cantore Shares Numbing Tornado Video, Friendly Warning

New video from last weekend’s deadly tornadoes in Illinois is making the rounds this afternoon. It is CCTV footage from a gas station in Diamond, IL showing a home being blown off its foundation, even as cars and pick-ups continue to drive by. And it came with this warning from Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore:

 

President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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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 Weather.com 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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Watch Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams In A Snow Throwdown

Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams are having a bit too much fun covering Winter Storm Hagrid (or whatever this one’s called). Reporting live from Worcester, Mass. this morning the two Weather Channel meteorologists had a good old fashioned snow throwdown. The area is under a severe winter storm warning until 7pm tonight with snow totals anywhere from 15 to 24 inches.

Watch after the jump…

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Weather Channel Airing ‘Superstorm Sandy’ Special Tonight

The Weather Channel is airing a one-hour special about Hurricane (and later Superstorm) Sandy tonight at 8PM and 9PM. “Sandy: The Anatomy of a Superstorm,” is being produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions, and will feature Jim Cantore, Stephanie Abrams, Bryan Norcross, Stu Ostro and Bill Nye (The Science Guy) talking about the storm.

From the logline:

This one-hour special reveals the science of how this hurricane began in the Caribbean and developed into a devastating super storm, slamming the eastern United States as a combination hurricane/nor’easter/winter storm. The program spotlights historical records broken by the storm and explores the possibility of more super storms in our future.

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