The End of the Weather Chanel


I get my local weather from a couple of sources--I normally review my Internet stuff, but still continually tune in to the Weather Channel on TV.  But that's about to change.

The Weather Channel seems to now be a wholly owned subsidiary of NBC, and they're making no bones about it.  Frequent breaks in the weather for updates on non weather related issues from CNBC, CNN, and MSNBC--Mindless original programming like "Ice Pilots".  Ick.  Trying without success to become the Today Show, lite version.

None of that, however is the cause of my departure.  Here's the 411 from my corner--They have continually advertised "Your Local on the 8's" as the way to get local weather updates and forecasts.  A pretty slick deal, actually.  I wait for a clock time that ends with "8", like 5:08 PM, or 6:08 AM, then flip over to the Weather Channel, miss the idiocy of their programming, and get a forecast.  Seems that of late, I tune in to the Weather Channel "On The Eights", just like they advertise, and am confronted with at least a minute of additional advertising.  So, the weather forecast for my region actually starts on the NINES, or a little later.

Sorry, Weather Channel.  We had a good run, but it's over.  You have lied to me for the last time.

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