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January 30, 2012

Betsy Rella Joins The Weather Channel As Vice President, Ad Sales Research

The Weather Channel Companies(TWCC) today announced that Betsy Rella has been named vice president, ad sales research. Based in New York, Rella will be responsible for the full spectrum of ad sales research efforts to help position and differentiate TWCC platforms in the ad marketplace. Rella will oversee the cable and digital ad sales research teams and will report to Indira Venkat, senior vice president, strategic research & consumer insights, The Weather Channel Companies.

Said Venkat, "Betsy has a keen understanding of the consumer. through which she develops compelling stories and strong value propositions for partners. Her wealth of experience and deep analytical skills will help us tell meaningful stories about the advertising power and reach of The Weather Channel properties."

A 20-year veteran of the media industry, Rella brings a valuable perspective from both the vendor and publisher side of the business. A Betsy Magness graduate, she most recently served as senior vice president, Ipsos OTX MediaCT at Ipsos, where she was responsible for business development and custom research efforts for media publishers and distributors.

Before joining Ipsos, Rella spent nine years at Lifetime Entertainment Services, where she oversaw ad sales and digital media research efforts for Lifetime and the Lifetime Movie Network. Prior to her role at Lifetime, Rella's other previous positions included vice president, research & planning at MTV Networks and director, primetime audience analysis for Disney ABC Television Group.   

Rella received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from New York University. She lives in New York with her husband and two young sons.


About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 32 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.