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‘Good Morning America’ Expats Sam Champion And Josh Elliott Reunite On NBC’s The Weather Channel: Video

The two former GMA-ers talked about Elliott’s NBC Sports debut covering Kentucky Derby:

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Weather Channel Boasts Former ‘GMA’-ers Josh Elliott And Sam Champion To Reunite Tomorrow For Trip Down Memory Lane

elliott champion“On Friday, May 2nd, former Good Morning America colleagues Josh Elliott and Sam Champion will reunite for the first time live on air from The Kentucky Derby,”  The Weather Channel boasted cheekily today. Upping the cheek, the channel said Elliott will join Champion at 9 AM ET from Churchill Downs live during its flagship morning show AMHQ With Sam Champion “for a trip down memory lane.” They’ll also talk Derby weather and cuisine.

NBC poached Elliott in March, ending an intense negotiation between ABC News and the GMA news anchor, in which Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million in salary, turned down an offer to stay with the show for about $4 million, raising his asking price to $10 mil. NBC got a strong sports guy who’d previously worked at ESPN. Per terms of his exit, Elliott cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. He was the second member of the No. 1 rated morning infotainment show’s ensemble team to depart for an NBCUniversal property. In December, NBCU successfully poached longtime GMA weatherman Champion, who is now a bigwig at Weather Channel.
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Dark Ratings Cloud Forming Over Sam Champion’s New Weather Channel Show

Day 2 of America’s Morning Headquarters slipped compared to Day 1, which itself was a drop AMHQin each of its hours from the network’s prior four-week average. Sam Champion‘s new Weather Channel program lobbed 186,000 viewers from 7-10 AM Tuesday, 59,000 of them in the news demo. In overall audience, the show’s second telecast dropped 10% compared to Monday’s premiere — and 21% from the prior four-week average in the block of time. In the news demo, AMHQ‘s 59,000 viewers was a fall of 8% compared to its premiere and down 20% from the prior four-week average.

Related: Sam Champion Leaves ‘GMA’ For Weather Channel

While weather plays a role in Weather Channel ratings — and it still cannot be seen on DirecTV, owing to a carriage dispute that broke out in January — Champion’s first two set of ratings are somewhat surprising, given the amount of promotion his network and parent NBCUniversal put behind his launch, including appearances on Howard Stern’s radio show, NBC’s Today, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Inside Edition, etc.

Related: TCA: Weather Channel Tells Critics DirecTV Is Putting Americans At Risk

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Sam Champion’s Weather Channel Debut Not So Sunny Ratingswise

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 3:47pm PDT

AMHQSam Champion’s Weather Channel show America’s Morning Headquarters opened to a cloudy future Monday. An average of 207,000 total viewers (64,000 in the news demo) caught Champion’s unveiling from 7-10 AM ET. That’s a 12% decline in total viewers compared with the network’s prior four-week average in the block of time and a 14% demo drop. Champion’s unveiling attracted his biggest crowd at 8 AM: 240,000 viewers (78,000 in the demo). That said, the prior four-week average in that hour was 255,000, so Champion’s best was down 6% compared to the network’s recent performance. It was much the same at 7 AM (199,000 viewers, down 13%) and at 9 AM (183,000, down 21%).

Related: Sam Champion Leaves ‘GMA’ For Weather Channel

Numbers for other morning shows aren’t apples to apples, because many air 6-9 AM. That said, Champion’s former TV home, ABC’s Good Morning America, logged 5.77 million total viewers Monday morning, according to fast stats, while CNN’s New Day averaged 452,000, MSNBC’s Morning Joe brewed up 339,000, and Fox News’ Fox & Friends dominated with 1.13 million.

Related: TCA: Weather Channel Tells Critics DirecTV Is Putting Americans At Risk

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Sam Champion’s New Weather Channel Show Name Revealed

If you guessed Sam Champion‘s new The Weather Channel show was going to be called AMHQ — you win! Champion himself did the unveiling, this morning, via Twitter.

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TCA: Weather Channel Tells TV Critics That DirecTV Is Putting Americans At Risk; Critics Dubious

Weather Channel DirecTVA major storm rained down on Winter TV Press Tour 2014 this morning when The Weather Channel took the stage to blast DirectTV over their current carriage dispute. In anticipation of the channel’s appearance before a couple hundred journalists at the tour, it  issued an ominous campaign late last night warning viewers they needed to contact their congressional reps to intervene, or else DirecTV would take away “its critical weather programming,” calling it a “public safety issue.”

TV critics at the press tour weren’t entirely drinking The Weather Channel’s  Kool-aid. One critic noted TWC is a successful company owned by a big corporation, asking “Is it fair to declare it a public utility?” in what’s really a business dispute.

Related: DirecTV Hits Back In Weather Channel Spat, Citing Customer Complaints

DirecTV Weather channel“Absolutely. And I’m not kidding,” Weather Channel president David Clark responded ominously.  “If you’ve ever been in a severe weather situation and you need to make a decision to protect your family and you need to make it fast” you need “to know your information comes from a trusted source… We have a mission to serve that we take seriously. Don’t think you can stand a fly-by-night alternative to that,” he said, warning “you’re going to be putting your audience at risk.”

And by “fly-by-night” he meant a little channel called WeatherNation that the satellite giant’s subscribers might have noticed appearing right next to Weather Channel on DirecTV’s lineup in recent weeks, as the satcaster’s carriage deal with The Weather Channel is set to expire next week.

At Clark’s side on stage, The Weather Channel’s pricey new hire Sam Champion warned “there isn’t one,” in re alternatives to The Weather Channel in a weather emergency. “I’d love to say we can rest assured we’re safe in our homes because of BLANK. There isn’t one… Getting people ready, getting them through a storm that is the worst time in their life, is something I don’t take lightly, and this channel does it better than anyone else  — anywhere . The Coast Guard, the Navy — everybody — police officers, fire officers watch this channel during emergencies to get  information. That’s a responsibility that no one takes lightly. What we’re trying to say is we want people to have access to it.”

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‘Good Morning America’ Begins Bidding Sam Champion Adieu: Video

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 6:30am PST

ABC’s ratings leader Good Morning Americaabc-good-morning-america-jpg__121126184805 muddled through its first morning after news broke of the first successful raid on its popular on-air team. Weatherman Sam Champion is leaving tomorrow, to become managing editor, a producer, and anchor of a new flagship morning show at The Weather Channel. Not coincidentally, Weather Channel is co-owned by NBC, whose Today show is now regularly getting whomped by GMA, after monopolizing the daypart for years. “Cold weather set to hit even LA and Phoenix — one of many reasons to welcome Sam here right at the start,” SamChampionGeorge Stephanopoulos said awkwardly at the top of this morning’s GMA broadcast.

Related: Sam Champion Leaves ‘GMA’ For Weather Channel

“You made headlines yesterday — you were off, but you were not resting,” added Robin Roberts, addressing Champion. “We are so excited for you — a big new adventure for you with your new job at The Weather Channel,” she said. Champion’s GMA colleagues seemed somewhat constrained and sticking-to-script-ish at the top of the broadcast –  the news coming as it does while Roberts, as well as Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer also are in contract negotiations with ABC.

“It is hard to step out and make a change — I’m so proud and you’re setting an example for so many of us,” Roberts said (ominously we think,  if you’re an ABC News exec), later in the program, as the GMA gang sat around and gabbed about Champion’s new gig. “We want to sometimes try something different — it would have been easy to stay; we know you love us and we love you. But to do this, that lets us know this is what you’re meant to do.”

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Sam Champion Leaves ‘Good Morning America’ For Weather Channel, Ginger Zee To Replace Him

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 8:16am PST
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samchampionGood Morning America weatherman Sam Champion, who has been with ABC‘s morning program since 2006,  is leaving the network to join the Weather Channel as the host of a new morning show to launch in Q1 2014 and managing editor for the channel. His last day is Wednesday. Champion’s departure comes as GMA has been enjoying a ratings resurgence as the No. 1 morning program. It also comes as the show has been going through contract negotiations with several other members of its anchor team including Robin Roberts, Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer. Is Champion’s departure a precursor for more talent shakeups or will it give his colleagues leverage in their negotiations? “While there is no replacing Sam, we are in excellent hands with his storm chasing partner of the last few years, meteorologist Ginger Zee, who will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across ABC News,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an internal email. In addition to his role on GMA, Champion was Weather Editor for ABC News.

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‘GMA’s Lara Spencer And Sam Champion To Help Launch ABC-Univision Network Fusion Next Week

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 1:09pm PDT

Good Morning America will lend its ratings muscle to the October 28 launch of Fusion network, the news/pop culture/satire network from ABC and Univision. That morning, GMA’s Lara Spencer and Sam Champion will travel to Miami to appear live from the set of Univision’s morning infotainment show, Despierta America, joined by on-air talent from Fusion’s new morning infotainment program The Morning Show. Simultaneously, Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez of Despierta America will join the GMA team live in Times Square.

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‘GMA’s Sam Champion: “Heart Pounding” Over SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 9:43am PDT

Today may have had disgraced TV chef Paula Deen on its show today, but ABC’s Good Morning America had weather man Sam Champion to talk about the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Champion wed Brazilian photographer Rubem Robierb in December. “You and Rubem were married in December. I can only imagine what this days feels like for you,” George Stephanopoulos said on-air this morning. As the banner “Supreme Court’s Gay Right Ruling. Court Clears Way For CA Gay Marriage” ran across his chest. “My heart’s pounding — like really thumping in my chest,” Champion said. Here’s the video:

Related: Networks Cautious In Supreme Court Coverage

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