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The Weather Channel returning to DirecTV

DirecTV customers will have The Weather Channel back on their lineup starting Wednesday.

The move comes nearly three months after the TV distributor dropped the channel after the two parties failed to reach a carrier agreement. The financial terms of their new contract were not disclosed, but in a release, The Weather Channel said they had “agreed to reduce reality programming by half” on weekdays.  READ FULL STORY

DirecTV subscribers could lose Weather Channel as discussions reach 'impasse'

DirecTV subscribers could lose The Weather Channel as soon as early Tuesday morning.

The broadcast satellite service provider and the network are currently in a spat over their carriage agreement, in which TWC is seeking an increase in compensation.

“Right now we’re pretty much at an impasse in our discussions. We’re still hopeful we will reach an agreement…but right now it’s not looking so good,” said Shirley Powell, head of corporate communications for The Weather Channel. “We’re asking for a very negligible increase for the life-saving information we offer.” If an agreement is not reached, by Jan. 14 at 12:01 a.m. ET, DIRECTV viewers will lose the network.

Just before TWC’s panel during the Television Critics Association press tour Saturday morning, DirecTV issued their own statement on the spat, saying they are seeking the “best value since people now use so many other ways to retrieve weather-related information.” DirecTV launched their own weather information provider in 2011 with WeatherNation, a response, they said in their statement, “to numerous customer complaints that more than 40 percent of The Weather Channel’s programming is dedicated to reality television shows.”

For his part, Sam Champion, who left Good Morning America to lead a new morning show on TWC set to launch in March, defended The Weather Channel’s assertion that despite being a for-profit business, it fills a public service. “Sometimes business has to fill in where there’s not a public utility to take care of it,” he said. “There isn’t one [for weather]. I’d love to say that we can all rest assured and be stay safe in our homes during a storm because of blank that will take care of us and inform us and prepare us and evacuate us, there isn’t one.” The Weather Channel has launched a social media campaign and a website so viewers can chime in.

Sam Champion leaving ABC News for The Weather Channel

Sam Champion will be leaving ABC news for the Weather Channel, according to an announcement by ABC today.

“Our friend and colleague Sam Champion is leaving ABC News for a new opportunity at the Weather Channel.  He will become the on-air face of the network, appearing as a host and serving as managing editor. Sam calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity,” wrote Ben Sherwood, ABC News President, in a press release. READ FULL STORY

Networks stream live hurricane coverage online

No cable or internet? You can still get all your Hurricane Sandy coverage on your smart phones.

ABC, NBC and The Weather Channel are live-streaming their news programs this morning, for any customers affected by the storm.

Sandy pummeled the East Coast on Monday, halting production of many New York based series and movies, and canceling the tapings of several late night shows — including Jimmy Kimmel’s special Brooklyn appearances and Comedy Central’s Daily Show and Colbert Report.

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