1/13/14, "The Weather Channel goes dark on DirecTV," Anthony Watts, WUWT:
"The Weather Channel Drops Off DirecTV…," insidecablenews.wordpress.com
"Here is The Weather Channel’s statement on disappearing from DirecTV…
STATEMENT FROM THE WEATHER COMPANY CHAIRMAN AND CEO DAVID KENNY
The 2008 announcement that The Weather Channel was sold to NBC was the last straw for some. They already weren't happy with changes at TWC:
9/12/2008, "NBC Now Owns The Weather Channel," NY Times, Media Decoder blog
"The Virginian-Pilot reports:
“Landmark Communications Inc. announced today that it has closed on the
sale of The Weather Channel Cos. to NBC Universal and two private
equity firms, The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.”
13 comments about The Weather Channel at NY Times site after its purchase by NBC, comments from July 2009-Jan. 2010: "A show instead of a science:"
1. "July 8, 2009
And… when you get right down to it, who really wants to see Storm
Stories when you are experiencing bad weather in your area? I’m sure we
have only begun to see the end of what was once a very good thing. I
won’t be watching anything but Local on the 8′s.
Another Disappointed Ex-Viewer
— A Frazier"
Roker on your channel, and changed the format from WEATHER to
ENTERTAINMENT show, that you had been acquired by NBC. I just went
online today to verify that fact. You have just lost me and my husband
….. Thanks NBC for your
patriotism… My New Years resolution starts today with NOT watching the
weather channel anymore….. And as far as Al goes…. Like Toby Keith
sang….. We’ll put a boot in your a_ _… Its the American way…
— Claude C,"