Sam Champion makes a move at Weather Channel

In a shift from lifestyle and entertainment content to harder weather news and digital, The Weather Channel is canceling morning shows AMHQ and Wake Up With Al. AMHQ anchor Sam Champion will focus on primetime weather reporting and host on-screen segments as the company launches its “Local Now” product for OTT providers; Al Roker will make appearances during New York weather events and work on on digital projects. Said the company, “In a fragmented world where it’s no longer about scale but about a passionate core following, we recognize the need to be hyper-focused on providing our viewers exactly what they come to us for – weather.” About 50 of the company’s 1400 employees are expected to leave in the reorg, according to CNN Money.

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