ABC names Sam Champion as GMA weatherman

Sam Champion, the popular weatherman on WABC-TV in New York, has been promoted to weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America and weather editor for ABC News. Champion will begin at GMA on Tuesday, September 5.

"Sam is a great forecaster with a passion for reporting on the weather," ABC News president David Westin said in a statement. "He is quite well known to our national audience who have seen him on GMA many times over the past 18 years. We are delighted to have Sam on board."

"I am very excited to have Sam Champion joining the GMA team," added senior executive producer Jim Murphy. "Sam is an excellent weatherman and completes our new team of Diane, Robinm, and Chris perfectly."

"Having filled in on GMA for many years, I have always felt like part of the family," Champion said. "As I leave WABC-TV, my home for the last 18 years, I want to thank my wonderful colleagues and all the viewers in New York who put their trust in me, day after day, to make sure they were prepared for whatever the weather might hold. I couldn't be more excited to join Diane, Robin, Chris, and the amazing staff at GMA."

The addition of Champion comes a day after GMA announced it was adding Primetime coanchor Chris Cuomo as the morning broadcast anchor.

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WHOOPIE..I LOVE SAM CHAMPION...LETS KEEP SAM
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I have been watching abc news since moving back to jersey in 96. I love watching Sam Champion for the news and updates, but I absoultely HATE watching him on Good Morning America. I am like a baby, I keep hoping and hoping that any minute, I going to turn on GMA and see Mike Barrs. I was very disappointed to see Tony Perkins leave. But, once Mike came on, he was fun, energetic, and down to earth. For Christ sake, none of the cast members can even exchange dialouge with Sam without him turning it into some sort of negative exchange. He is just plain BORING, I can't stand to watch him. Put him back on the news, where we can get the news and he can keep it moving. He has ABSOULTELY NO PERSONALITY WHAT SO EVER!!!!! HE'S AFRAID TO INTERACT WITH THE PEOPLE, AND GOD FORBID HE DO ANYTHING TO MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH. THE NEWS IS ALREADY DEPRESSING!! WATCHING TONY AND MIKE GAVE ME A BREAK FROM ALL THE "BAD NEWS", NOW JUST CONSIDERED "NEWS" BY MAKING ME LAUGH, WHILE STILL GIVING US AN ACCURATE WEATHER REPORT. SHAME SHAME SHAME. I HATE IT! I HATE IT! I HATE IT!
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I just returned from 2 months in Europe....what in the world were you people thinking? Where is Mike Bars? Sam Champion is like watching grass grow. I have been in advertising for years, and believe me you people are doing a terrible job in programming GMA. If you want advice, I'll be more than happy to give you more. Bring Mike back.
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Why did you replace Mike Barrs, he was the hottest weatherman ever. One of the reasons I watch. He, like Tony Perkins, made the news fun to watch. He would dance and cut up with the audience. Sam is so Ken and Barbie, almost robotic, so meancholy PLEASE BRING BACK MIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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What the heck was ABC thinking? Sam is all-plastic, as another comment says. Not to mention how hot Mike Barrs is! I think I'm about to switch to the new Today Show. Bring Mike back!
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Big mistake ABC. Sam's OK, but Mike was the one!
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You have got to be kidding. Where is Mike?? Sam is not nearly as personable. I like the choice of Chris, but not this one. Can you at least tell us where Mike is? Thanks, Denise
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You know, I have been a fan of GMA since its conception but to choose Sam Champion over Mike Barrs makes me reconsider. Who makes these decisions? Sam Champion is SO plastic. Mike Barrs is a real, believable guy. JEERS to ABC for this screw-up. I hate to say it but I may have to switch to The Today Show. Shame on GMA!
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I hope GMA keeps Mike Barrs, I think he has been a great addition to the gma crew.
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Sam is fantastic, and a LOT of New Yorkers have come to rely on him, for accuracy, and style.

Bravo Sam....to 18 more years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kele Agi.
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Sam Champion is good at his job - however, I hope this doesn't mean Mike Barrs is out - His personality is delightful and he is good at his job. I have been a loyal fan of GMA - but!!!!
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I dont watch Network News Shows.
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Nothing against Sam Champion, but what about Mike Barrs who has been filling in so much more than him and frankly was doing a better job (at leas in my opinion)?? Sam has been on only occasionally and should stay where he is doing the local New York weather.
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