The Weather Channel cuts Roker, Champion, reality shows

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Weather Channel says it is getting rid of its reality TV shows, along with morning shows led by Sam Champion and Al Roker.

The struggling network is looking to get back to its roots, with less expensive programming and a lineup that appeals more to weather geeks.

The network says about 50 people out of The Weather Channel's staff of 1,400 are losing jobs as a result.

The NBC Universal-owned network had lured Champion from ABC's "Good Morning America" to host "AMHQ," a weather-focused morning news program. Starting in early November, Champion will work on weather programming during the network's prime-time schedule, said Dave Shull, who oversees programming at The Weather Channel.

"Wake Up With Al," which Roker hosted each weekday in the hour before his "Today" show duties began, will end on Oct. 2. Roker's co-host, Stephanie Abrams, will move back to the network's Atlanta headquarters to be part of a yet-undefined morning lineup.

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