The Weather Channel is laying off more employees, about 50 more. As part of their adjustment based on "financial pressure", golden boy Sam Champion is losing his AM show. Last week, FTVLive told you about the network's decision to cancel "Wake Up With Al", starring Al Roker. We predicted then, that Sam Champion would be next.
Here's the official mumbo jumbo from Weather Channel execs: “Viewers turn to The Weather Channel and our experts for the most locally relevant and precise forecast, and for the best live coverage of severe weather events available anywhere on television. Sam will create editorial content and host on-screen segments as we launch our new “Local Now” product for OTT providers. His deep understanding of local television will be crucial in helping us build our network of local content with the major broadcast station groups."
Here's the quick translation: Champion didn't work, he costs too much money, and eventually you'll see him somewhere else.
The network also says it's going to pull back from its reality programming and focus on hyper-local weather. REALLY? You mean, no more Fat Guys and Prospectors?
Look for CEO David Kenny to be 'on ice' at some point, too. After all, you can only bring "gloomy" news to investors for so long, until a change is made.