More information on Sam Champion joining The Weather Channel has emerged. The former "Good Morning America" weather anchor left the top-rated ABC news program to host weather and be managing editor at The Weather Channel in Atlanta.
A Jan. 11 USA Today report says Champion will anchor a new three-hour morning show from 7 to 10 a.m., ET beginning in March. The show will follow Al Roker's "Wake Up with Al."
He will also cover major weather stories. The network's president, David Clark, said of hiring Sam Champion, "We got our No. 1 draft pick."
On Saturday Champion reacted to critics pointing out that he is not a meteorologist or a climatologist.
"I'm just a guy that started in this business 30 years when my family couldn't afford to spend a lot of money getting degrees," Champion told them.
The Weather Channel will increase the former "GMA" anchor's visibility despite its lower ratings than ABC's morning news show.
"I can't serve the audience with 30 seconds on a morning TV show," Champion said.
Right now Sam Champion is pushing viewers to petition Congress to get involved with a dispute The Weather Channel is having with DirecTV. The satellite service is threatening to remove the channel from its 20 million subscribers as soon as Tuesday. Weather Channel calls this possible move move a "public-safety issue." The dispute revolves around the fees DirecTV is demanding to carry the network.
Are you looking forward to watching Sam Champion on The Weather Channel?