Weather Channel cuts reality shows in DirecTV deal
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:36:14 GMT —
is returning to DirecTV with a significant compromise that affects all of its viewers: it promises to focus more on the weather
After a three-month dispute with DirecTV that saw the
channel dropped to some 20 million U.S. viewers, the two sides came to a new deal that will restore service on Wednesday.
The biggest change to its programming will affect all
Weather Channel viewers, not just DirecTV subscribers. It said it will reduce its reality programming by half on weekdays. That means fewer airings of TV shows like "Coast Guard Alaska" and "Hurricane Hunters."
David Kenny, the CEO of
channel parent Weather Company, apologized for the disruption and vowed to reward viewers with more weather-focused news.