Al Roker

Weather Channel purists rejoice, because the network is seriously refocusing its programming.

According to the Associated Press, the Weather Channel is cutting its reality series and morning shows, like Al Roker’s “Wake Up with Al” (it will end Oct. 2) and Sam Champion’s “AMHQ” (he’ll start working on primetime weather programming in early November).

Weather Channel programming head Dave Shull said in a memo to staff that the network’s New York office was too costly to operate, and that they want to refocus providing content to their die-hard core fanbase.

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“The only channels that will survive long term are those with unique and irreplaceable value,” he writes in the memo, via AP.

As for the popular non-weather news shows on the network, Weather Channel says series already in development will still air. That means popular titles like “Prospectors” and “Fat Guys in the Woods” are safe — for now. Weather Channel won’t be ordering any new similar programs.

According to Weather Channel, an estimated 50 people will lose their jobs over the shift. Weather Channel has a staff of 1,400.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz