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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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zimmy1002 December 03 2013 at 8:44 AM

Good Luck...I will be watching you on The Weather Channel.

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MikeO December 03 2013 at 8:41 AM

I have been watching you for years Sam, since I lived in New Jersey...
wish you all the luck in the world, hope you will be thrilled with the new job!!!!
Mike

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mknight466 December 03 2013 at 8:29 AM

We'll miss you Sam!! All the best to you!

ccar2001 obviously has issues.

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smaller screen mknight466 December 04 2013 at 9:11 AM

Ccar2001 is an issue in himself...good luck sam.don't let idiots like ccar matter to you

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mhs101839 December 03 2013 at 8:42 AM

Sam should be careful...TWCis notorious for getting rid of good people, but he is a pretty boy..should be OK.

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Lisa December 03 2013 at 8:05 AM

I sure am going to miss you Sam. I watch you everyday and love everybody on GMA. I hope you come back one day but do wish you luck in your jog.

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Zedward Durham December 03 2013 at 1:17 AM

Sam, thank you so much for the wonderful years you shared with us. I appreciate your time, your love and your spirit. Go for that pot of gold I'm with you, cant wait for my turn. God bless you and may he always be with you. Zed

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jims3 December 02 2013 at 10:50 PM

I was wondering what ABC might do with Ginger Zee a quickly rising star. This is awesome exit strategy for Sam, and a win for Weather Channel and a win for ABC.

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constlady01 December 02 2013 at 8:54 PM

Heartbroken. GMA will not be the same. Glad to hear it is a stepping stone, but difficult not to feel selfish. Sam has been a part of my home/morning for years. God bless and Good Luck. Much love and respect Sam. (smiling but weeping)

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adlerman December 02 2013 at 8:15 PM

The Weather Channel founded by the GMA Weatherman in the late 70's or early 80's- John McDonald- now v30 some years later the Weather Channel takes the current GMA Weatherman.
Big business stole the Weather Channel from mcDonald- i hope this guy has better luck working there.

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pbkrikit December 02 2013 at 7:19 PM

Sorry to see Sam leaving, but I wish him all the best in his endeavors at The Weather Channel. Good luck to you Sam, but don't forget your old colleagues at GMA. They're going to miss you! The morning crew of Sam, Robin, George, Josh & Lara have always been like a great cup of morning coffee...THE PERFECT BLEND!

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