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Sam Champion to exit ABC News for The Weather Channel

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ABC's Sam Champion Headed To Weather Channel



By FRAZIER MOORE

NEW YORK (AP) - "Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion is leaving ABC News to join The Weather Channel.

Champion will anchor the network's new flagship morning show, which is set to debut in early 2014, The Weather Channel president David Clark said Monday.

Based at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Champion will also assume managing editor responsibilities at the network.

"With his commitment to understanding, predicting and explaining the power of weather in our lives, Sam perfectly embodies The Weather Channel brand's philosophy, 'It's Amazing Out There,'" Clark said.

Champion called his new post "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to do what I love most at a network that lives and breathes the weather."

His last day on "GMA" is Wednesday. He had been on that program since 2006, and joined ABC-owned local New York station WABC in 1988.

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"For 25 years, Sam has been a vital member of the ABC News family," said ABC News president Ben Sherwood in announcing Champion's departure.

He said Champion's fellow meteorologist Ginger Zee will take over his weather responsibilities at "GMA" and across the news division. Zee became weather anchor for the weekend edition of "GMA" two years ago.

Champion has been a member of the "GMA" anchor team as it seized the ratings crown from NBC's perennially front-running "Today" show. Whether his absence from the "GMA" anchor desk affects its ratings dominance will be closely tracked by morning-TV handicappers.

And he leaves the network scrambling to keep intact the rest of its winning "GMA" ensemble, led by anchor George Stephanopoulos. Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer are reportedly negotiating new contracts.

Ironically, in his new role, Champion now joins forces with his former rival, "Today" weather co-host Al Roker, whose one-hour "Wake Up With Al" airs on The Weather Channel weekdays at 6 a.m. EST, then repeats at 10 a.m. Champion's new morning show will be tucked in between, airing from 7 to 10 a.m., the network said.

Meanwhile, Champion will also be in the partial employ (in a sense) of his old network rival: The Weather Channel is owned by a consortium made up in part of NBC Universal.

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pjsass December 03 2013 at 9:58 AM

As our New York (local) weather person for many years, I am really sorry to see him go. He is great, funny, and dedicated. Great to see someone step forward in a career that they are passionate about. Not all of us have been able to do that...so I'm happy to see that he has! Good luck Sam.

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scarlet December 03 2013 at 9:46 AM

I truly love Sam's laughter and will miss him greatly on the show. Congratulations on your new venture--I wish you the absolute best!

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Sister Black December 03 2013 at 9:29 AM

Peace, I was sorry to hear that Sam was leaving,but I knew it was coming.He will truly be missed. He will be missed for his professionalism, his scientific knowledge of his craft, his high energy, and warm spirit. Sam, Al Roker, as well as one of our local (WTVR Carrie Rose) meteorologist here in Richmond Va, are some of the best. Within this comment section, I truly believe it would bring more enlightenment to the post if we could keep our comments on the subject matter, and that is; HOW DO FEEL ABOUT SAM LEAVING GMA? and not your opinion about someone's sexual preference!!!

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ljc16512 December 03 2013 at 9:28 AM

gonna miss you Sam..to me you're a BIG part of GMA..wish you all the best

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welcome l debbie December 03 2013 at 9:08 AM

That's what happens when you let a girl like Laura push you forward. Good for you, Sam. The competition observed between the two of you was more than apparent.

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rlmcgow December 03 2013 at 9:03 AM

Sam is full of energy and personality. It will be good to see him and AL together. Best wishes.

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blueflamingo1985 December 03 2013 at 9:02 AM

He looks like a woman.

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pjsass December 03 2013 at 9:56 AM

and you sound like an idiot

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smaller screen December 04 2013 at 9:05 AM

He is an idiot

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perrinb7 December 03 2013 at 8:54 AM

I've been watching Sam every morning since the early '90's. I will miss him a lot but wish him the best in his new position.

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coffeegirl4ever December 03 2013 at 8:58 AM

im sorry he is leaving - good luck Sam

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Estelle December 03 2013 at 8:52 AM

Good. One down, one to go.

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brbrbca December 03 2013 at 8:46 AM

While ccar2001 has a bad choice of words, mknight466, You are the person with issues if you think Homosexuallity is normal! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

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mknight466 December 03 2013 at 10:19 AM

I am not a homosexual. I do believe God made all of us and loves us all the same. No, I do not have issues.

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