TVnewser talked to Geoffrey Darby, Executive VP of Programming for Weather Channel, about Al Roker’s new shtick on the channel. They asked Darby if NBC had plans to replace weather anchors/meteorologists at NBC-owned local stations and instead beam forecasts from Weather Channel HQ in Atlanta.
“We’re examining it. We have to figure it out,” Darby says. “We haven’t yet. But there is clearly the opportunity to do that. I can tell you we’re looking at that opportunity.”
NBC will probably replace local meteorologists with Microsoft Sam text-to-speech, or, dude from “Local on 8s” and have maps from NOAA WeatherUnderground.