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Cable News Stars Wheel and Deal

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Some real estate wheeling and dealing among cable news talent, as Mika Brzezinski recently put down roots in DC and Sam Champion continues to try and exit New York for good.

The Washington Post reports Brzezinski recently bought a Georgetown two-bedroom, two bathroom condo for close to $1 million. Brzezinski co-hosts “Morning Joe” from New York City and lives in New York, so the new DC digs must be for the weekends.

Meanwhile, Champion, who moved to Atlanta upon his arrival at The Weather Channel, is trying to make the forecast sunnier for prospective buyers of his NYC penthouse. He reportedly lowered the asking price for his Upper West Side condo another $1 million; the price slash now makes his asking price $2 million less than when he first listed the swanky pad in 2011.

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Rob Marciano Leaving ‘Entertainment Tonight’ for ABC News

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Rob Marciano is exiting “Entertainment Tonight” and returning to the weather beat for ABC News, a network spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. Marciano will join ABC as senior meteorologist in early September.

Marciano spent 10 years at CNN as a meteorologist and weather reporter. He left the network in late 2012 and in January, 2013 began co-hosting “Entertainment Tonight” alongside former local news anchor Nancy O’Dell.

The weekend editions of “Good Morning America” have been using meteorologists from ABC affiliates for the last 6 months, since Ginger Zee took on weekday duties. Zee replaced Sam Champion last December when Champion left ABC for the Weather Channel.

“The Wrap” was first to report Marciano was departing “ET.”

Production Cuts at Sam Champion’s Weather Channel Show

031714 AMHQ Sam Champion_05Four months after launch, the Weather Channel’s signature morning show, “AMHQ with Sam Champion” is feeling some growing pains. A tipster tells us that a dozen freelance production jobs have been cut.

A Weather Channel spokesperson tells TVNewser the daily studio contractor schedule was adjusted “to gain some efficiency post launch” and that the freelancers could be brought back as needs adjust. No staff jobs were cut “and there are no cuts ahead,” the spokesperson says, adding that the network is looking to fill several new full time positions.

While the show got off to a slow start in March, “AMHQ” has been seeing some bright spots. For the month of June, “AMHQ” topped the 7am-10am hours on MSNBC in the A25-54 demo by +3%. On July 4, “AMHQ” averaged 173,000 total viewers, outranking MSNBC, CNN and HLN.

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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Richard Quest Comes Out: ‘The Work I Do Here is Better Because I’m Honest About Who I Am’

QuestGay Richard Quest did something at the end of his CNN International show today, that he wished he’d done yesterday.

On “Quest Means Business” Thursday, Quest spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of British oil giant BP, who resigned in 2007 after being outed as gay by a British tabloid. Browne has written about the episode, and about life as a CEO in the closet, in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Quest wished he used that moment to discuss his own journey. Instead, he did it today. And he decided it is indeed good for his business as a business journalist.

If I remember back to when I wasn’t open about my sexuality, I spent a great deal of time worried about it…. about what my family would think, what would my friends, my colleagues would think, and of course, what would you think. Would the fact that I’m gay affect my creditability as a business journalist? Would you watch the program differently?

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Josh Elliott Makes NBC Debut, with Former ABC Colleague

ElliottChampionFormer “Good Morning America” hosts Josh Elliott and Sam Champion were back together again this morning on the Weather Channel. Around 9:10amET Elliott turned up on Champion’s show “AMHQ.” Both are at Churchill Downs for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby. This is Elliott’s first day on-air for NBC. He joined the network a month ago today. The Weather Channel is part-owned by NBC. Elliott will be covering today’s Kentucky Oaks on NBC Sports Network as well the Derby tomorrow.

The Saturday Ticker: Business Politics, Morning Baseball, Jazzy Weather

  • FBN’s Maria Bartiromo will interview New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday on “Opening Bell” at 9amET. Bartiromo will talk with de Blasio about his outlook on the economy, universal Pre-Kindergarten and his future plans for New York City.

  • “AMHQ with Sam Champion” hits the road next week as well, broadcasting from the New Orleans Jazz festival starting Thursday. The following week the show will travel to Moore, OK, the site of the devastating tornado that struck in May 2013.

NBC News Crew on Mt. Everest As Avalanche Hits

EverestTodayNBC News had a crew in place at a Mt. Everest base camp this morning when an avalanche struck killing at least 13 Sherpas who guide climbers to the summit of the world’s highest peak.

Jonathan Fierro is a producer with NBC’s Peacock Productions and Ed Wardle is a cameraman with the group. They are working on next month’s Everest Jump Live that will air on Discovery Channel, but is being produced by Peacock, and hosted by Willie Geist.

“It’s a pretty regular occurrence here, nobody was shocked by that,” Wardle told Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” adding, “When radio reports started coming off the mountain that people were stuck in the avalanche, everybody came out and started getting organized for the rescue.” Guthrie reports that the rest of the NBC News team there preparing for Everest Jump Live is okay. (The interview is after the jump.)

Over on the Weather Channel, anchor Sam Champion spoke with his former colleague, WABC anchor and avid mountaineer, Diana Williams, who was live in Katmandu. Williams had just descended from Mt. Everest after reaching base camp. The rest of her climbing group was still up on the mountain.

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Lunch with Lara Spencer & Amy Robach: Rumors, Ratings & the Revolving Door

"GMA" anchors Amy Robach and Lara Spencer show off their manicures April 1. (via @laraspencer)

“Good Morning America” anchors Amy Robach and Lara Spencer show off their manicures on the show April 1. (via @laraspencer)

It has been a busy few months at “Good Morning America.” Since December, Sam Champion and Josh Elliott have departed, Ginger Zee and Amy Robach have joined the team and Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer have extended their contracts with ABC News. Through it all, “GMA” remains steadfast in the ratings, despite the fact that both Champion and Elliott — “our brothers,” as Spencer calls them — have decamped for NBC.

As “GMA” prepares to mark two years as the most-watched morning show, TVNewser caught up with Spencer and Robach over lunch at Bobby Flay‘s Bar Americain Tuesday. They told us about their new roles on the show, how the team is really getting along, and why the “GMA” rumor mill has been in high gear the past few weeks. Before talking shop, we asked Robach, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, how she is feeling.

Amy Robach: I am feeling pretty darn good considering where I am in my treatments. I have two more chemotherapy rounds left – my next one is on Thursday. My final one is April 24. And then I have one more surgery in June. I’m going to work every day, and that means a lot to me mentally which I think helps me physically.

My memory is not amazing right now. It’s a little nerve wracking, feeling not mentally sharp all the time, but luckily there’s a teleprompter in front of me, and a good team that picks up any mental malfunctions I may have in the middle of a sentence or a thought.

Lara Spencer:  You haven’t missed a beat. You are radiant and smiling – she’s a rock star. She comes in, she brings her A-game. I haven’t noticed the memory at all. She’s remarkable. She’s being very modest.

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George Stephanopoulos Denies Being Unhappy About ‘GMA’ Changes

Stephanopoulos 304George Stephanopoulos denies being unhappy with the on-air changes at “Good Morning America,” telling Page Six the rumors aren’t true.

“So much of what you’ve been told is false. What I can say is that I’m proud of our continued success at ‘GMA,’ ‘This Week’ and ABC News, and I’m confident that will continue,” he told Page Six.

Page Six reported Stephanopoulos has been unhappy with the recent exits of Josh Elliott and Sam Champion, currently leaving him as the only male host on the show. The report also suggests his displeasure with the “softer” direction of the show, and that he desires more serious news programming on “GMA.” Stephanopoulos is signed through the end of 2014.

The ABC morning broadcast recently won its sixth quarter in a row in both total and demo viewers. Stephanopoulos has also scaled back his “This Week” hosting duties, decreasing from hosting three times a month down to two.

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