On Friday, the Weather Network announced that it was pulling the plug on its live weather coverage of the Great Plains and Northeast in light of the Zika virus outbreak.
“We will no longer broadcast weather coverage from our new location in Omaha, Neb.,” Weather Network chief executive officer Michael J. Schrier said in a statement.
The network’s new Omaha location will remain open, but it will only air weather coverage for Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska and parts of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
Schrier said that because of the “significant impacts” on the Great Lakes, Midwest, South, and Southwest, the network would be shifting its coverage to its new Omaha-based location.
The Weather Channel was launched in 1989 by then-CEO David Zuckerman, and is owned by ABC Universal.
“The weather is going to be a lot more interesting,” Zuckermans daughter, Cynthia Zuck, said on the Today Show in January.
“I’m really excited about that.
I hope you’re excited about it too.”
The Weather Network’s new studio is located in New York City, with more than 500 employees.
Zuckerman said in an interview that the network would “continue to have great weather coverage” at its new studio in New Jersey, and that it will continue to work with other media companies.
But some of its programming will be moved to a new location, which could lead to a decrease in its budget.