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Press Release

March 23, 2016

“23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion" to Premiere Tuesday, March 22 on The Weather Channel

Host Sam Champion Welcomes Prominent Voices in Science, Weather and Technology to address the Critical Issues Facing the Planet

The health of our planet has been called the defining issue of our time, yet you wouldn’t know that by watching the news and information networks today. The Weather Channel aims to change that by announcing the launch of 23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion, an interview and discussion show examining the critical climate and environmental issues facing all of us. 23.5 Degrees, which refers to the tilt of the earth, premieres Tuesday, March 22 at 11 p.m. ET.

The premiere episode will focus on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Interviews with thought-leaders and key influencers, including Mayor Karen Weaver and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, will provide viewers with an in-depth understanding of the issue and a glimpse of how the continuing crisis is affecting the community.

Each week, host Sam Champion will engage with scientists, politicians, authors, business owners and other thought leaders, taking a comprehensive look at innovations in science, weather technology and forecasting, natural disasters and climate change.

The one-hour program will also spotlight the individuals and communities that are advancing science and technologies with the mission to protect the environment and influence the conversation around climate change.

“Many of the most important, and most interesting, issues of our time involve the health of our small blue green home,” said David Clark, president of The Weather Channel. “Yet, there’s no consistent place on television for leaders and innovators to gather and share their ideas. We felt The Weather Channel, with Sam, should be the natural place for this conversation to happen.”

Repeats of 23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion will air Sundays at 12:30 p.m. ET on The Weather Channel.