First Alert Weather Spurs Legal Storm In St. Louis

A legal battle is in the forecast for two local television stations. Gray Media Group, the parent company of KMOV, filed suit last week against competitor Tegna’s KSDK, arguing it had violated a trademark by debuting a new weather brand featuring the phrase “Weather First Alert” just two months after KMOV began using “First Alert Weather” in its coverage of severe weather.

KCTV Kansas City Overhauls Its Weather Brand


Why an alerting strategy will help win customers in a multi-platform world

In an increasingly competitive, multi-platform environment, TV stations can deepen their relationships with viewers by creating an alerting strategy that goes beyond emergencies to enhance their lifestyles, while harnessing technology to empower content creators. It all starts with, for broadcasters, extremely familiar territory: the weather.


Webinar will explore how cross-platform alerting drives audience engagement

TV stations now connect with audiences on many different platforms, and changing technology offers an opportunity to expand on a key strategy, weather alerting, making it the catalyst for a broader approach that includes lifestyle forecasts, school closings and more. Join TVNewsCheck and The Weather Company for an in-depth conversation about the changing world of alerting during a June 8 webinar. Register here.

WJLA Washington Providing Weather To WTOP-FM

Beginning Monday, April 3, Sinclair Broadcast Group ABC affiliate WJLA Washington will begin providing round-the-clock weather reports every 10 minutes on Hubbard Broadcasting’s all-news WTOP-FM there. Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s director […]


WBRC Launching New Weather Campaign On Super Bowl Sunday

WBRC, Gray’s Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., plans to roll out a four-spot weather image campaign on Sunday during the Super Bowl. “This was a different type of campaign, built to not look or feel like a local news promo and to create a ‘stop and look’,” says Nate Mills, WBRC’s creative services director.

WTIC And Audacy Hartford Form Severe Weather Network Partnership

WTIC, the Tegna-owned Hartford station branded FOX61, and Audacy Hartford announced today the formation of the FOX61 Audacy Hartford Severe Weather Network, a collaborative effort to keep the public informed […]


Ginger Zee’s ‘Boots On The Ground’ Coverage From Hurricane Ian’s Eyewall Was No Vacation

Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for ABC News, provided her millions of social media followers with behind-the-scenes updates before and during Hurricane Ian as well as live reports on ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America.


WHNS Dramatic Weather App Promo Shows Its Best Feature

Fort Myers’ WINK Upgrades With Dual-Polarization Doppler Radar

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.


Why Do We Watch The Weather On TV While It’s Happening Just Outside?

The strange allure of watching someone else stand in the blizzard.

WBBM Chicago Changes Weather, Traffic Branding

Hearst To Launch ‘Forecasting Our Future’ Project On Weather, Climate

A new “multi-pronged” reporting initiative will debut early next year, focusing on climate and weather’s impact on business, health, household finances and lifestyle, says Barb Maushard, Hearst SVP of news.

Fox News Launching Its Own Mobile Weather Service

Fox News Media is getting into another rough-and-tumble world — the weather. The company is launching Fox Weather, a free streaming service and app that it expects will be used most frequently by customers on their mobile devices.


NBCU Local Adds AR To Weather Coverage Arsenal

Nate Johnson, director of weather operations for NBCUniversal Local, says the group’s NBC and Telemundo stations are using augmented reality to enhance weather reporting. Every tool counts, he emphasizes, since competition for talent is getting stiffer as Fox readies its own weather network. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

How Many Good Science Sources Does Your Newsroom Have?

Meet SciLine, an organization that’s offering you 23,000 weather or science experts — for free.

Tiny Satellites May Warn Of Next Big Hurricane

A first-of-its-kind nanosatellite project is expected to launch its first qualification unit on Monday. The constellation will ultimately consist of 7 small satellites that will monitor Earth’s tropical zone, which spans about 40 degrees of latitude to the north and south of the equator.

AccuWeather Network Debuts ‘AccuWeather Prime’

The AccuWeather Network has introduced a new live two-hour show AccuWeather Prime with senior TV weather broadcaster and American Meteorological Society certified broadcast meteorologist Adam Del Rosso as host. AccuWeather Prime can […]

Twitter Launches Local Weather News Service

Twitter is partnering with veteran climate journalist and meteorologist Eric Holthaus to launch a local weather news service on the platform called “Tomorrow” that will be built using all of Twitter’s new creator products — from paid newsletters to ticketed live audio rooms and more.


Two Stations In Different States Share Weather Coverage

Baron Ups Mike Mougey To Chief Revenue Officer

Baron, a worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence and Baron Lynx to broadcast markets across North America, has promoted Mike Mougey to chief revenue officer. He will also retain his […]


TVN Monday Memo | WBRC’s Weather Branding Delivers Viewers During Tornado

When a deadly tornado touched down in Birmingham, Ala., during the late news, WBRC’s coverage led the market in household viewers. Station management says strong First Alert branding and an all-hands approach made the difference.

Optimize Weather Storytelling and Workflow in the Cloud

The advantages of moving weather reporting workflows into the cloud go way beyond the efficiency and flexibility of remote access and disaster recovery. They also include a boost in creativity […]

Telemundo O&Os ‘Most Accurate’ Spanish-Language Weather Forecasters For Second Straight Year

WeatheRate, an independent weather research company, today announced that 17 Telemundo owned stations have received the “Most Accurate” forecasting certification for 2020. The stations: WNJU New York, WSCV Miami, KTMD […]

Using AI To Power Local Weather Platforms

How machines are helping meteorologists tell a better story.

How Do You Spell Weather? N-E-W-S

The current temperatures. The satellite map. The 10-day forecast. They’re all sturdy staples of the weather report on your local station. But nowadays, they’re not enough to compete with the convenient phone apps in every viewer’s pocket. Meteorologists need to give viewers something more than an app can provide. And many have responded by breaking down walls between weather and news, and using journalistic storytelling to deepen their coverage.


Holding Pandemic News Viewers Long-Term With Weather

How ‘Betty The Weathercat’ Became A Star

After more than 30 years as a television weatherman, Jeff Lyons was accustomed to people honking a horn or pulling a goofy face from time to time as they passed by his outdoor live shots. He thought unexpected guests were a thing of the past when he moved his nightly forecast for WFIE Evansville, Ind., into his dining room last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. Then, three weeks into his new routine, Lyons’s 11-year-old cat Betty showed up.

KYW-AM Drops KYW-TV For Weather

Forecasting The Future Of Weather Reporting

The data doesn’t lie. As local TV news viewership has slowly but steadily declined, the local weather segment has endured as the most ‘must-see’ aspect of many local newscasts. Research by media consultants and by Pew Research shows that local weather is the most valued topic covered by local newscasts. It might be tempting to stop right there. Thanks for watching, goodnight. But it would be perilous to take this narrow view.


Warming Raises Importance Of Local Weather

Brad Smith of Videa explains why local broadcast weather news is adding viewers and why that’s a good opportunity for advertisers.

NBC Adds Augmented Reality Dorian To Studio Floor

Best Job In TV News? Weather

Audience research consistently shows weather is a primary driver of news audience in every TV newsroom. And in many markets, members of the weather team are some of the most popular people on air.


WDAF ‘Weather Story’ Promos Are Different

NBC, Telemundo Stations Win Tech Emmy

Used exclusively by NBC/Telemundo station meteorologists, the StormRanger radar trucks are honored for revolutionizing the timeliness and accuracy of local weather forecasting and reporting.


Hyper-Local Weather Takes A Human Touch

While consumers with GPS-enabled smartphones expect real-time weather reports down to the street-corner level, station meteorologists say it’s not that simple. Most of what one gets from apps is just model data that hasn’t been subject to human interpretation. Sifting through the various models and presenting a forecast that incorporates local knowledge is where station meteorologists excel. “The local knowledge that experienced meteorologists can lend to the product is invaluable,” says Justin Keifer,  chief meteorologist at WMBB Panama City, Fla.

Fire Coverage Not Consumed With Climate Change

Historic wildfires have burned all summer long in California, but meteorologists across the state are focused on the immediate impact and are cautious about pointing the finger squarely at climate change.

DirecTV Adds AccuWeather, Drops WeatherNation

When Did Talking About The Weather Become Political?