The Weather Channel television network today announced their nomination for the 39th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newscast for live coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
“We’re so honored to be nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for our Hurricane Harvey coverage,” said Nora Zimmett, SVP, Content and Programming at The Weather Channel. “As one of the most prestigious accolades in television, we’re thrilled that the academy is recognizing the importance and value of our live weather coverage.”
“At The Weather Channel, our number one priority is to ensure our viewers are informed and stay safe during severe weather,” said Dave Shull, CEO at The Weather Channel. “We couldn’t be more proud of the effort and dedication our team has put behind our live coverage efforts, which is truly reflected in this exciting nomination.”
In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as one of the most destructive hurricanes in US history resulting in record-breaking flooding in the Houston-Galveston area, displacing more than 30,000 people and destroying more than 300,000 homes and businesses. For more than a week, The Weather Channel provided breaking coverage of this urgent and evolving story, totalling 188 hours of live reporting, both in-the-field and from the studio, with 13 live crews working around the clock from 10 different cities.
During the multi-day event, 1 in 5 households tuned-in to The Weather Channel for information on the storm and the network reached more than 37 million viewers and claimed the #1 cable network spot for live coverage.
The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, October 1st, 2018, at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Complex at Columbus Circle in New York City.
ABOUT THE WEATHER CHANNEL
For more than 35 years, The Weather Channel television network has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet and serving as the nation’s only 24-hour source of national storm coverage. For eight years in a row, Harris Poll has ranked The Weather Channel as the “TV News Brand of the Year.” With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather - its expertise is unrivaled. Engaging with fans and delivering content to feed their fascination with all things weather is paramount to the network’s mission. With its community platform, weloveweather.tv, the network created a 2-way dialogue with fans, establishing an ongoing relationship with those that have a passion for weather. In March 2018, The Weather Channel’s parent company, Weather Group, was purchased by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios (entertainmentstudios.com). This acquisition allows Entertainment Studios to expand into the increasingly important live and local news category, while providing opportunity for The Weather Channel to further expand its reach and influence in the media space. For more information visit weathergroup.com.