Ryan, Martucci, and Dish Network make moves
It's quite the fluid time in the world of TV Weather. Last week, meteorologist Bob Ryan made his debut at ABC7 (WJLA) after 30 years at rival NBC4 (WRC). But there is other significant shuffling happening on both the local and national television weather scene.
While Bob Ryan is out at NBC4, Kim Martucci is in. Martucci, previously the morning meteorologist at WUSA-TV9, was seen filling in for meteorologist Chuck Bell this weekend. It's not clear whether she's simply freelancing there or in line for a regular slot.
ABC7 morning meteorologist Brian Van de Graaf's regular slot may be no more according to a source writing in to local media blog DCRTV: "Brian Van de Graff of ABC7 (WJLA) 'Good Morning Washington' has been demoted to sister station NewsChannel 8 or whatever they are going to call it. . . . Adam Caskey will be filling in, but the word is that a search is on for a new face."
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Meanwhile, The Dish Network created quite the stir late last week when it appeared to be cutting the Weather Channel from its programming. In a statement printed in the Wall Street Journal Friday, the Weather Channel (TWC) said: "Dish has chosen to be the first distributor to drop The Weather Channel rather than pay the standard industry rates others in the industry have already agreed to pay."
Dish's leadership suggested TWC was running too much "weather-tainment" such as reality TV and movies rather than forecast information. Dave Shull, Dish's senior vice president of programming, told the New York Times: "Customers are telling us that they want their local forecast information. They don't want 'Storm Stories' or to wait until the Friday night movie is over."
For at least a time, Dish launched an alternative to the Weather Channel called "Weather Cast" from WeatherNation, a company based in Minnesota.
But yesterday, it was announced that Dish would keep TWC in its line-up after all. The Associated Press reported TWC will work with Dish to provide specialized local forecast information for its satellite subscribers.