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Sam Champion on DirecTV Spat: ‘You Should Give People the TV they Want’

ChampionWeatherAfter years of moving at the speed of “a giant cruise ship,” Sam Champion has become a sprinter.

“This is the most fun in the world, but I’ve never run so fast,” he says. “Information changes moment to moment. This organization is like a sprinter – it can change, bob and weave, and respond immediately.”

“This organization” is The Weather Channel, which Champion joined last month as managing editor and anchor. The “giant cruise ship” is ABC, where he was ‘Good Morning America’s’ popular weatherguy for seven years.

Labeled as “our No. 1 draft pick” by TWC chief David Clark, Champion will host a 7-to-10 a.m.  morning show, beginning in March. His on-air debut occurred far sooner, however, thanks to Winter Storm Janus last week.

“I knew there would be storms to cover,” Champion, 52, says. “While we’re building this [new] show, I would do work in the field. When this storm turned into more than a foot of snow during commuter rush times, it became a public emergency. We went around the clock.”

Had he been back at ABC, or at any major network, for that matter, Champion says he would have had to fight for airtime.

“I’d go to the News division and say, ‘I need to talk about this storm. I need resources.’ There’s a lot of other news that needs resources, too. That’s not a criticism, it’s just the way it works. … Then the story would be put in a lineup of other news, and I’d have to wait for the show [‘World News.’]”

At Atlanta-based TWC, “I’ve got 220 meteorologists and scientists watching that storm. We had crews covering it right away.”

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In Year-End Message of Gratitude, Robin Roberts Thanks Longtime Girlfriend

robin roberts amber laignRobin Roberts surprised her Facebook followers this afternoon in an end-of-year post. She came out publicly for the first time, mentioning her longtime girlfriend Amber LaignRoberts has been out to her family, friends and co-workers for years, but this is the first time she’s publicly acknowledged her sexuality.

I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.

Roberts and Laign have been together for 10 years. Laign, a massage therapist who works with patients recovering from injuries, is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.

A year ago today, Roberts reached the 100 day mark following her bone marrow transplant. Her posting today is a message of thanks for all who helped her along the way.

Roberts joins a short list of TV news anchors who have come out publicly. In July, 2012 CNN’s Anderson Cooper  came out during a Q&A with Andrew Sullivan. In Oct., 2012, former “GMA” weatherman Sam Champion was at the wedding of MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts to Patrick Abner when he let it slip that he was going to marry his boyfriend, Rubem Robierb.

Sam Champion Leaving ABC for The Weather Channel

samChampionFirst on TVNewser: Sam Champion, weatherman for ABC’s “Good Morning America” is leaving ABC and joining the Weather Channel. It’s the first talent departure at the No. 1 morning show in more than two years.

Champion, an ABC veteran, has been “Good Morning America’s” weather anchor since 2006. He joined ABC 25 years ago as weather anchor for WABC in New York.

Champion will be the face of the Weather Channel and also be the network’s managing editor. Beginning in the New Year, he’ll anchor a morning show that on many days will be hosted remotely.

“This is such an exciting opportunity,” Champion tells TVNewser. “It’s a dream job for a weather junky like me.”

Champion will be back on the show tomorrow morning and will sign off on Wednesday. “Robin, George, Lara and Josh are the best friends and colleagues you could hope for,” Champion adds. “I’ll always cherish the two and a half decades at ABC.”

The Weather Channel is part-owned by NBCUniversal, so don’t be surprised if you see Champion turn up on NBC News programs from time to time. He’ll also continue to host “Sea Rescue,” a weekly syndicated educational and informational program.

As Champion says goodbye, TVNewser has learned Robin Roberts is close to signing a deal to stay with ABC News.

> More: ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note to staff, and the Weather Channel release after the jump.

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Sam Champion Marries; Robin Roberts Makes Rare Public Appearance to Show Support

ABC “Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion and his partner Rubem Robierb were married today in New York City and Champion’s ABC News colleagues, including co-anchor Robin Roberts who is recovering from bone marrow transplant surgery, were there to show support. New York State Supreme Court Justice George J. Silver conducted the ceremony at Champion’s apartment. Roberts also played a part in the nuptials, reading a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Co-anchors Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott also attended the intimate ceremony.

In addition to friends and family in attendance, Robierb’s mother and sisters were Skyped in from Brazil to be a part of the special day.

(Photo: Ida Mae Astute/ABC News)

Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott Put On Another Kind of Show

“Good Morning America” anchors Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and Josh Elliott hosted a gallery opening in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan last night showing the works of Champion’s fiance Rubem Robierb.

Among the guests: “Live” co-host and former New York Giant Michael Strahan, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, ABC News SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and “GMA” Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and super agent Olivia Metzger.

Cibrowski told us he called it an early night on Tuesday. “Once I saw the 10 O’clock states come in, I kind of knew what to expect,” Cibrowski tells TVNewser. “And I had to be up in a few hours to get ["GMA"] on.”

Back at Times Square Studios, the lights had not yet gone out. Elliott told us he felt slightly guilty about the power outage which happened just before 11pmET. Stationed outside the studio in a 30 degree chill, the electricity used to light and heat his live shots may have caused the outage inside. “It’s completely dark,” recounted Elliott as he looked up to the second floor of the studio. “And I hear in my ear, ‘We’ve lost the lights, we need you to stretch.’” ABC elections EP Marc Burstein kept the network on the air by utilizing Elliot, reporters in the field and shuffling Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos in another part of the studio until the lights came back.

Back to last night’s show, Champion couldn’t have been more proud of Robierb, while facing the prospect that many of the works would soon have new homes. “I hope no one buys that one,” said Champion of the $10,000 lithograph at the front of the gallery. “That one’s been in the living room.”

A portion of the proceeds from last night’s sales from The Bullet-Fly Effect will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Sam Champion Talks About Engagement On ‘GMA’

As we noted on Friday, “Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion is engaged to long-term boyfriend Rubem Robierb.

On “GMA” this morning, Champion talked about his engagement with his co-hosts as Robierb waited in the wings.

HuffPost media editor Jack Mirkinson says Champion’s news “is yet another sign that gay marriage and gay rights are increasingly becoming a settled issue in many corners of the media.”

Champion’s cheerful, matter-of-fact aside — “We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami” — was also the first time that he publicly acknowledged his sexuality. It meant that, for the first time, one of the network morning shows has an openly gay member of its on-air team. For shows that often present themselves as mirror images of the American family, this is no small thing.

Sam Champion Getting Married

“Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion is planning to tie the knot with his partner Rubem Robierb later this year. The pending nuptials will be reported in a Sunday New York Times column (online now) about last weekend’s wedding of MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner.

Among the 170 or so guests at the reception was Sam Champion, the weather anchor at ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He took a turn on the dance floor with his partner, the photographer Rubem Robierb. “We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” Mr. Champion said in the spirit of the moment. Mr. Robierb corrected him: “We’ll do it here officially, and then have a party in Miami.”

On Twitter this afternoon Champion wrote, “I’ve never been happier to share a bit of personal news!!” Champion and Brazilian-born Robierb split time between New York and Miami. New York is one of six states and the District of Columbia to have legalized same-sex marriage.

> More: The well-wishes are coming in on Twitter:

Diane Sawyer: and everybody here celebrating Sam’s happiness RT:@SamChampion never been happier to share a bit of personal news!

Ben Sherwood: Congratulations @SamChampion & Rubem Robeirb — thrilled for both of you — wishing the very best.

Bianna Golodryga: Congratulations Sam!!

Josh Elliott: Congrats, to the best friend and colleague imaginable…

George Stephanopoulos: So happy for you @SamChampion – A big family hug from me, @AliEWentworth and the girls!