CBS News & The Weather Channel Announce Expansive Content & Technology Partnership
March 28, 2022
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Weather Group PR
Groundbreaking Collaboration Showcases Cutting-Edge “Virtual Forecasts,” Live Shots Across the Country and Investigative Climate Reporting for “CBS Mornings,” “CBS Saturday Morning,” “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” and the CBS News Streaming Network
CBS News and The Weather Channel television network, the #1 source for weather news and information, todayannounced a new content collaboration that will bring enhanced weather and climate reporting to CBS News viewers across the world. This new partnership combines the expertise and technology of two award-winning news organizations to provide viewers with leading in-depth weather reporting and immersive storytelling.
The Weather Channel’smultiple Emmy Award-winning Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) technology will provide the audience a “Virtual View” into American communities’ weather conditions. By deploying HDR, 360° cameras, camera tracking and the “Unreal Engine, Zero Density Reality Hub,” the IMR technology allows viewers to visualize future weather forecasts – to see how snow, rain, floods or tornadoes can affect a community before the conditions arrive. The reports originate from the Weather Channel’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. The partnership also draws upon live reporting from meteorologists Stephanie Abrams,Jim Cantoreand Mike Bettes,as well as the entire Weather Channel meteorological and newsgathering team.
The Weather Channel’s reports will be featured during CBS News’ award-winning morning and evening newscasts, CBS MORNINGS, CBS SATURDAY MORNING and CBS EVENING NEWS with NORAH O’DONNELL. The CBS News Streaming Network, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service, will also showcase regular reports from the Weather Channel. The CBS News investigative team and the Weather Channel’s meteorological and newsgathering teams will also partner on special investigative climate reports. This collaboration brings together two powerhouse brands to deliver audiences innovative weather reporting, trusted severe weather coverage, and investigative reporting on the environment.
“By bringing together CBS News and the Weather Channel’s weather teams and virtual view technology, we will not only be able to forecast the weather but show viewers what it’s really going to look like,” said Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations. “This is a holistic partnership that brings together the scale of both companies’ reporting teams, technologies and audiences. In addition to the virtual forecasts and live reporting, we will also collaborate on field reporting and pair our investigative teams to expand our environmental investigative efforts. Together we will deliver deeper coverage of one of the most important stories of our time – the impact of the climate on the communities we live in.”
“This year, the Weather Channel celebrates its 40th anniversary, and there’s never been a more important time to provide viewers cutting-edge visual presentations and compelling storytelling about our weather,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of the Weather Channel’s parent company, Allen Media Group.“This new collaboration is designed to offer the CBS News audience the most innovative weather reporting, as well as greater reach for the Weather Channel’s brand. CBS News and the Weather Channel will work closely together to explore and investigate issues related to climate and our environment.”