The Weather Channel has pulled the plug on one of its shows, taking a familiar TV personality off the air as part of what appears to be a broad refocusing of the network’s priorities. CNN reports that the cable channel canceled Sam Champion’s morning newscast.
Champion has been at the channel since January 2014, when he took over the franchise morning show “AMHQ: America’s Morning Headquarters.” He has been the network’s managing editor, and has also made appearances on NBC’s “Today” show. NBCUniversal is a part owner of the Weather Channel.
Champion’s move to the Weather Channel followed a 25-year career with ABC. He was a fixture on ABC’s flagship station WABC-TV and widely seen on the network’s “Good Morning America.”
In addition to canceling Champion’s morning newscast, CNN notes that the channel is “replacing reality shows with more weather coverage, cutting TV production costs and laying off some staffers in a sweeping adjustment to changes in the cable business.” The channel unveiled its plans to staffers this morning.
About 50 of the Weather Channel’s 1,400 employees will reportedly be heading out the door.
CNN notes: “The plan calls for a singular focus ‘on our unique strength — and that is the weather.'”