Sam Champion, 'GMA' Weatherman, Moving to The Weather Channel

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Monday, 02 Dec 2013 06:28 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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After 25 years on ABC, weatherman Sam Champion is leaving “Good Morning America” to work for The Weather Channel, the Atlanta-based station announced Monday.

Ginger Zee will take Champion’s place on "GMA," moving from the weekends to weekdays.

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Champion's new job will include hosting a morning show and also a managing editor position, The Weather Channel said in a news release.

As news about the job change came out, Champion took to his Twitter account:

Zee expressed her excitement online about her new position at "GMA," as well, and commended Champion on his new gig.

Champion joined "GMA" in 2006; his last day on the popular morning show will be Wednesday. He’s been a part of the team that managed to overtake the “Today” show in ratings and will surely be missed by the No. 1 show.

CNN columnist Brian Stelter contrasted Champion’s amicable parting with "GMA" with the harshness of what happened when Ann Curry left NBC’s “Today” show. As good luck tweets and comments floated around the internet from "GMA" hosts and Weather Channel meteorologists, it became clear there wasn’t going to be the kind of bitterness associated with Curry’s departure.

“The president of ABC News, Ben Sherwood, thanked Champion for his ‘countless contributions to our news division,’” Stelter wrote. “At the same time, the producers of ‘GMA’ started to plan a televised goodbye party for Wednesday. It's as if ABC absorbed the lessons of Curry's mangled departure and zigged where NBC zagged.”

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