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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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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