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ABC's longtime weatherman leaving for The Weather Channel

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Time to move on? Sam Champion, weatherman for ABC's Good Morning America, is leaving ABC and joining the Weather Channel... already a part time home for NBC's Al Roker.

Champion, an ABC veteran, has been GMA's weather anchor since 2006. He joined ABC 25 years ago as weather anchor for WABC in New York. Champion will be the face of the Weather Channel and also its managing editor.

Beginning next year, he'll anchor a morning show that on many days will be hosted remotely. Champion is not a meteorologist (same for Roker), but has been involved in coverage of numerous weather events at ABC in recent years, including the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last year. ABC News won a Peabody Award for its coverage of that storm.

Weather Channel president David Clark said. "He will add a great deal to our network and be a great addition to our already proven and stellar team of talented weather professionals." Note: That team also includes Today Show's weatherman Al Roker. TWC is owned by NBC's parent Comcast.

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