News Organizations Find ‘Pure Gold’ In Their Archives

Executives from The Weather Channel, Fox News and Capitol Broadcasting have rolled up their sleeves and dived into their organizations’ deep and messy archives. They told a panel at last week’s Programming Everywhere event that doing so has yielded untold — and very monetizable — treasures. Pictured (l-r): Nora Zimmett, The Weather Channel; Sam Peterson, Bitcentral; Jon Accarrino, Capitol Broadcasting; and Ben Ramos, Fox Archive. (Alyssa Wesley photo)

Finding Content Gold In Your Archives At Programming Everywhere

Executives from Fox News, The Weather Channel, Capitol Broadcasting and Bitcentral will explain how they’ve delved into their archives to unearth content for new shows and lucrative licensing opportunities in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s Programming Everywhere conference at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 16. Register here.


Viewers Embrace Novel News Presentation Modes, But Presenters Themselves Are Key

Behind-the-scenes news leaders and on-air talent shared cutting edge approaches to using emerging presentation technology at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum last week. A key takeaway: No matter the tech, it only takes off with the right talent and tone. Above (l-r): Barry Nash & Co.’s Barry Nash, Scripps News’ Christian Bryant, Gray Television’s Jonathan Saupe, The Weather Channel’s Nora Zimmett and TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp, moderator (Alyssa Wesley photo). Read a full report here and/or watch the video above.

NewsTECHForum: Reinventing News Presentation And Presenters

Anchors and news executives from The Weather Channel, Newsy/Scripps News and Gray Television’s Hawaii News Now look at the changing role of the news presenter and presentation technology in a multimedia ecosystem in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 13 at the New York Hilton. Register here.

Allen Media Group Television Networks Launch On Hulu + Live TV

Allen Media Group has a new deal for carriage of five AMG television networks on the Hulu + Live TV subscription streaming service. The five networks are: The Weather Channel (live now), Comedy.TV (live now), The Weather Channel en Español (carriage coming soon), JusticeCentral.TV (carriage coming soon) and TheGrio Television Network (carriage coming soon). “Partnering with Hulu is another major step […]

The Weather Channel Sets New Series, ‘Fast: Home Rescue’

Today, The Weather Channel television network announced a new rescue and recovery series, Fast: Home Rescue. The show follows families whose lives have been devastated by severe weather and natural disasters, and helps them rebuild stronger than before. In partnership with Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) – a disaster relief organization founded by the late Paul Walker, star of the Fast & […]

The Weather Channel Partners With Amobee And OpenAP To Deliver Data-Driven Linear Ad Campaigns

The Weather Channel has partnered with Amobee, a global provider of advertising technology that unifies audiences to optimize results. The Weather Channel will license Amobee’s platform to provide data-driven linear (DDL) plans for optimized linear television advertising campaigns using advanced audiences activated through OpenAP. The solution, the companies say, “will enable advertisers to leverage rich […]

Shocking Weather Channel Graphic Features Racial Slur


Video Walls, Now Cheaper, Broaden TV’s Studio And Storytelling Prospects

Video walls are getting “bigger and bigger and cheaper and cheaper,” prompting wider adoption among broadcasters who are discovering a broad raft of storytelling and set design opportunities in their adoption. Above, FX Design Group delivered the set for KHON Honolulu, which includes a 3.9 pixel pitch video wall background that stretches nearly 33 feet long and just over 8 feet high.

Sunshine Or Clouds Ahead For The Weather Channel Pay Service?

Allen Media Group’s The Weather Channel this week launched a direct-to-consumer subscription app featuring a livestream of its 24/7 weather news channel and a price of $2.99 per month. But how might the subscription-based weather-focused service fare? Analysts weighed in on some potential bright spots, as well as downsides, for the latest subscription streaming service.

Weather Channel Upgrades CTV App, Adds Paid Subscription Offering

The Weather Channel Television’s upgraded connected TV app now offers a subscription-based live stream of The Weather Channel Television Network, customizable local weather information, on-demand original programming and more.

Talking TV: Jim Cantore On Empathy’s Importance To Weather Reporting

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with meteorologist Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel about climate change, heightened competition in television weather and the critical role of empathy in telling weather’s story to TV audiences.

Nora Zimmett Named President Of News And Original Series For Allen Media’s Weather Group

Allen Media Group promoted Nora Zimmett to president of news and original series for the company’s weather group. Her previous title was chief content officer and executive vice president, overseeing live and original programming for The Weather Channel. During her tenure at The Weather Channel, Zimmett led the team responsible for production of the network’s flagship morning show […]

‘CBS Mornings’ Turns To The Weather Channel For Update On Wintery Conditions

BlueTriton Water Brands Pour Weather Channel Sponsorship Deal

The Weather Channel To Debut Two Original Series

Today, The Weather Channel announced its fall programming lineup, which includes two new weekly series, Uncharted Adventure and Frozen Gold. In addition to these new series, the network is also bringing back Weather Gone Viral for its seventh season. Debuting Sunday, Nov. 7, at 9/8c, Uncharted Adventure takes viewers on a weekly one-hour adrenaline-filled journey […]

The Weather Channel Greenlights Second Season Of ‘Deep Water Salvage’

The Weather Channel has set the second season of Deep Water Salvage, a docuseries that goes behind the scenes with professional salvage teams who brave rough seas around the world to save ships wrecked by fierce storms. The new episodes will also take a closer look at the havoc wreaked by the increase in deadly weather events […]


Gaming Tech Drives AR/VR Adoption In TV

Cutting-edge news technologists from The Weather Channel, CNN, Brainstorm and Planar are leading a vanguard of broadcasters into including augmented and virtual reality in their presentations. They told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that advances in video game technology are making that possible.

Actus Digital Helps Weather Channel Drive Workflow Efficiency

The Weather Channel is using Actus Digital’s broadcast monitoring platform to perform a wide range of mission-critical tasks. Replacing an existing system, the enterprise version of Actus Digital’s platform ensures superior video and audio quality for The Weather Channel while complying with mandatory industry requirements for its linear and OTT channels. “A thorough analysis of […]


The Weather Channel’s New Branding Campaign Finds Joy Outside

Weather Channel Joins OpenAP

The Weather Channel is the latest media outlet to join OpenAP, the consortium of media companies working to help advertisers buy TV with some of the new methodologies they say they crave.

Weather Channel Sues Nielsen Over Ratings Fee

CF Entertainment, The Weather Channel’s owner, is suing Nielsen over its $475,000 monthly ratings fee, citing breach of contract, unfair competition and unjust enrichment.


The Weather Channel Finds Its Pandemic Shelter

As veterans of extreme weather coverage and robust remote production, The Weather Channel was ready for the storm the coronavirus brought to the industry. Network President Tom O’Brien says little has been upended by the pandemic, though the channel is now programming more science lessons for families sheltering at home.

Barbara Bekkedahl Named Weather Ch. President Of Ad Sales

Entertainment Studios has appointed Barbara Bekkedahl president of advertising sales for The Weather Group media portfolio. Bekkedahl has been with Weather Group since 2016. Entertainment Studios purchased The Weather Group/The Weather Channel in March 2018. Bekkedahl will oversee all advertising sales, advertising solutions, and advertising partnerships for The Weather Group media portfolio. Bekkedahl will work collaboratively with President of Advertising Sales for Entertainment Studios […]

Jordan Steele Named Weekday Host Of Quibi’s ‘Weather Today’

The Weather Channel announced today that meteorologist Jordan Steele will be the weekday host for Quibi’s new show, Weather Today. Weather Today will join Quibi’s Daily Essentials category of programming, launching on April 6. For more than a decade, Steele has held strong meteorologist and host positions for a variety of TV stations and brings […]

Weather Ch. To Talk Environment With Dems

The Weather Channel will discuss environmental justice with several 2020 candidates as the second part of its 2020: Race to Save the Planet special. Conversations with Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and businessmen Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer will be featured.

Zero Density Partners With The Weather Channel

Zero Density Partners With The Weather Channel Zero Density will provide its cutting-edge virtual studio and augmented reality technology for The Weather Channel’s Immersive Mixed Reality presentations that use the latest technology to create awareness among its audiences with visually-striking disaster scenarios. Zero Density said its hyper-realistic graphic renderings and Hollywood-level visual effects “will communicate […]

Weather Channel Wades Into Climate Debate

The hour-long special, scheduled to debut Nov. 7, interviews candidates at various sites chosen to illustrate the impact of climate change. Sen. Bernie Sanders, for example, speaks at the site of a devastating California wildfire and Sen. Kamala Harris along a flood-prone area of the Mississippi River.

Quibi And The Weather Channel Partner For Daily Programming


Openings At National News, Weather Networks

NewsNet and The Weather Channel have openings for a news reporter/anchor and finance manager at their respective locations in Michigan and Georgia.

Weather Channel Preps Viewers For Dorian With Immersive Mixed Reality Tech

Verizon Fios Adding The Weather Channel

Beginning June 24, The Weather Channel will retirn to Verizon Fios TV customers on ch. 611. It will also become available via the Fios TV app later this fall. The Weather Channel was dropped by Verizon in 2015. “We are happy to bring Fios TV customers another trusted resource for weather information with the addition […]

Could The Weather Ch. Threaten Local News?

The network’s Local Now streaming service A tech-driven spinoff delivers a customized local news feed for each of Local Now’s 25 premium markets, putting pressure on traditional TV newsrooms to reassess how best to serve and keep their viewers, not to mention attract new ones.

Weather Ch. Promotes Nora Zimmett To Chief Content Officer

Entertainment Studios today appointed Nora Zimmett to chief content officer and EVP, overseeing live and original programming for The Weather Channel, as well as its storm coverage. She will continue to report to Tom O’Brien, president of Weather Group and EVP of Allen Media. In addition to continuing to drive the editorial and creative direction of The Weather Channel, Zimmett […]

Woman Sues Weather Channel Over Storm Chaser Son’s Death

DALLAS (AP) — A mother is suing The Weather Channel for $125 million over the death of her son, who was killed in a crash with storm chasers who worked for the cable network. Karen Di Piazza alleges Kelley Williamson and Randall Yarnall, who had a show called “Storm Wranglers,” ran a stop sign on […]


Weather Channel Mixes Reality To Enhance Storytelling

Tom O’Brien Named Weather Channel Chief

The former Nexstar and NBC executive will also hold the title of executive vice president of Allen Media, the parent company of Entertainment Studios and The Weather Channel.

Weather Ch. Boosts Bottom Line For New Owner

The Weather Channel is a locomotive in Entertainment Studios’ portfolio of businesses generating sizable cash-flow profit, enlarging entrée to advertisers because of its heft and, in what is often unappreciated by outsiders, serving as a media-technology engine. To keep the Weather Channel cable network relevant in an era when information is readily available online and via personal devices, the linear basic cable network jazzes up its presentation with flashy media tech.

L.A. Sues Weather Ch. For Selling App Users’ Data

City Attorney Michael Feuer said Friday that users of the popular app are misled to think their location data will only be used for personalized forecasts and alerts.

Local Now Upgrades In 25 Markets, Adds New Series

The Weather Channel-owned streaming service Local Now has upgraded its experience for users in 25 U.S. markets, adding more in-depth analysis, more localized content and new exclusive segments hosted by a variety of talent, including Sasha Rionda, Local Now’s first dedicated host. The markets with an upgraded experience for users: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, […]