October 12, 2004 |
Hurricane season has battered Florida, but it's been more than kind to the Weather Channel, which posted its biggest ratings month ever in September. The Atlanta-based cable channel's staffers know that hurricanes are nothing to celebrate. But there's no question that five major storms in six weeks means a sunny payoff for them. "This was a history-making event from a weather perspective, and for the Weather Channel it was a record-breaking ratings season," said general manager Terry Connelly.
April 30, 2009 |
The forecast is for corporate synergy at the Weather Channel. Al Roker, longtime weatherman on NBC's "Today" show, will get up an hour earlier starting this summer to host a morning program on the Weather Channel. "Wake Up With Al" will air from 6 to 7 a.m. in the East; then he'll report to work at "Today." Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams will co-host from Atlanta. NBC Universal is one of the owners of the Weather Channel.
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June 14, 2002 |
John Hope, a meteorologist and expert on hurricanes whose calm on-air demeanor made him an influential presence on the Weather Channel for more than 20 years, died Thursday at a hospital in Macon, Ga., of complications from open-heart surgery. He was 83. Once called the Walter Cronkite of hurricane coverage--a label that made him wince--Hope provided reports that were a staple in homes along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts during hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
December 27, 2000 |
The people who run the Weather Channel faced a couple of major questions in the last few years that had nothing to do with whether or not to carry an umbrella to work. Instead, both struck at the very heart of what a television network is supposed to be. Question One: Do you risk alienating loyal viewers of perhaps the most regimented schedule on TV with new programming designed to get people to lay off the remote control for a while?
September 24, 2005 |
THE Weather Channel: It's not just for motel rooms and eccentrics anymore. With handsome hurricane hunters, new vocabulary words and major disasters provided by nature itself, its viewership has spiked during this historic weather period. But the Atlanta-based channel, already a closet addiction for many people, wants more.
July 7, 2008 |
NBC Universal and two partners said Sunday that they had reached a deal to buy the Weather Channel from Landmark Communications Inc., ending a drawn-out process that had attracted interest from several major media companies. The purchase price was about $3.5 billion, according to a person who asked not to be identified because the terms weren't made public.