As tipped by TV Tonight, Foxtel and Australian News Channel have confirmed that SKY News has taken management and operational responsibility for The Weather Channel.
The channel will be re-launched as Sky News Weather early in 2013.
Foxtel CEO, Richard Freudenstein said, “The Weather Channel has developed a reputation as Australia’s premier weather service, it makes sense that it should come together with the nation’s most dynamic and comprehensive news service. Integration of the two services will not only improve the quality of the weather information for viewers of both channels, it will deliver The Weather Channel in a more efficient and cost effective way.”
Australian News Channel CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said, “Sky News is delighted to take responsibility for producing The Weather Channel. For the first time The Weather Channel will have access to our news gathering, including live coverage, based across Australia.
“The Weather Channel and Weather Active are an important service to Australians and we plan to further develop them.”
The Australian News Channel management team will work with staff of The Weather Channel to confirm the new structure for the service. Employees will be advised of the new structure and staffing arrangements in the coming weeks.