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Press Release

January 8, 2015

The Weather Channel to Launch New Live Program Hosted by Mike Bettes

New Evening Broadcast Will Air Weeknights from 6 - 8 p.m. ET in March

ATLANTA - January 8, 2015 - The Weather Channel (Weather) today announced that meteorologist Mike Bettes will host a new, live show airing weeknights from 6-8 p.m. The new program, the name of which will be announced prior to the show’s debut, will launch in March.  The show will originate from The Lab, Weather’s expert area and studio, which is home to the network’s severe weather analysis and features the most advanced forecasting tools and weather graphics on television.

The new program will feature Bettes giving his take on the day’s events and providing viewers with a look behind the curtain on how forecasts are made and why they did or did not come true. He will tap into the expertise and passion of Weather’s severe weather experts, giving them a platform to do more than just forecast --  sharing their views, debating the issues and going deep on the rationale behind the forecast. Bettes will also host visiting experts and cover severe weather as it unfolds.

“Viewers turn to Mike for an understanding of why weather happens. By putting him in The Lab with our experts for two hours every day, it will enable him to put the science behind weather front and center,” said David Clark, president of The Weather Channel. “While the Lab is the ideal setting for this show, we also expect to see Mike hosting from the field, especially during tornado season.”

Bettes is an award-winning meteorologist who has covered nearly every extreme weather event since he began at Weather in 2003, including Joplin in 2011 and El Reno in 2013. From 2009 to 2010, he was part of the largest tornado field experiment in history, Vortex 2, and currently, he is the lead field meteorologist during the network’s annual tornado season coverage.

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