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May 1, 2012

The Weather Channel Celebrates its 30th Birthday on All Screens

Leading Weather Provider and Digital Giant Marks Day with Special Programming On-air and an All-new Look for weather.com

The Weather Channel® companies (TWCC) turns 30 this week, having aired its first broadcast 30 years ago on May 2, 1982. To celebrate, the weather leader will air special programming across platforms - television, online and mobile - including a look back at the first 30 years of The Weather Channel, how technology and weather forecasting has changed, coverage of the most significant severe weather events, and bloopers through the decades.

While The Weather Channel recognizes its first 30 years, the company will also celebrate its future with a complete relaunch of its suite of local pages on weather.com starting May 2. The all-new site will offer a more personalized weather experience to help consumers better forecast and plan their lives, with a simpler design and interface, more localized news content, increased social integration, enhanced maps, and more. With the relaunch, 95 percent of weather.com's 1 billion monthly page views will have a new look.  

On May 2, special 30th anniversary content on The Weather Channel and weather.com online and on mobile includes:

  • A look back at the first 30 years - changes, significant weather events, brand evolution, and more as well as a look at the significance and historic nature of The Weather Channel
  • Decades of style - Check out weather.com for a review of fashion. Think big hair, shoulder pads, and Jim Cantore with hair
  • Interviews - perspectives from the original meteorologists from the first 1982 broadcast, Andre Bernier and Bruce Edwards, CEO David Kenny and other experts
  • In their own words - some most memorable moments and reflections from current on-camera meteorologists and TWCC employees
  • Well wishes - Celebrity birthday wishes and congratulations
  • Bloopers - On-air goofs, mistakes, and funny moments
  • The next chapter - a look ahead at what we expect for the future of forecasting, television and The Weather Channel
  • Social media integration - birthday wishes and photos via Twitter and Facebook. On GetGlue, anyone who checks in to The Weather Channel on May 2 will receive a limited edition sticker celebrating 30 years of The Weather Channel.

From its first broadcast in 1982, many said The Weather Channel would not last. TWC almost shut down within its first few years, but has grown to be one of the most trusted, well known media brands and an industry and technology leader with scale that is second to none. TWCC reaches 168 million unduplicated consumers each month, is the most-distributed cable network, and offers the No. 2 most popular app across all smartphones and tablets. It is a top brand with international direction, while still being a relevant local storyteller to an engaged audience. Through its transformation, an adaptable team of risk takers and experts has succeeded in making The Weather Channel an expected and desired name on any device.

The Weather Channel brand has evolved into a very different company than what began in 1982. The future is bright, with a focus on digital and mobile dominance, international growth, and a new era in original content.

On May 2, help celebrate its first 30 years by tuning in to The Weather Channel and visiting the new weather.com. For more information, follow The Weather Channel on Twitter (www.twitter.com/weatherchannel) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheWeatherChannel).


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 30 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 http://www.weather.com/press#_blank.