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The Weather Network

The Weather Network (TWN) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel that provides weather information 24 hours a day. TWN is owned by a Canadian company, Pelmorex, in which a similar American service, The Weather Channel (now controlled by NBC Universal), holds a minority interest.

Based in Oakville, Ontario, The Weather Network also operates a French language channel called MétéoMédia. The station also has a separate feed for the Greater Toronto Area, much like MétéoMédia's separate feed for Metropolitan Montreal, Quebec. An audio-only simulcast of the channel is also broadcast on Sirius Canada channel 138.

Pelmorex employs its own in-house meteorologists to make forecasts and graphical weather products. Pelmorex meteorologists use an in-house technology called Pelmorex Forecast Engine or PFE. Pelmorex also uses PMX, a proprietary system that can localize weather forecasts for up to 1,200 centres across Canada.

History

Early years (Montreal, Quebec)

The Weather Network began on September 1 1988 as WeatherNow. In the early years, the station had been noted for the number of technical difficulties since TWN and MétéoMédia shared a single television signal -- the two originally shared an analogue transponder on one of the Anik satellites, with computer-generated local forecasts airing on one while the video feed of a live forecaster or TV commercials aired on the other. The channel gained its present name on May 1 1989. The two stations began to run separately starting in the mid-1990s, while both were still based in Montreal. Initially, a separate 'network' was set up for MétéoMédia subscribers in the Montreal area, while the shared satellite signal remained in other parts of the country.

Local forecasts were generated using the same systems owned by The Weather Channel in the U.S. called WeatherStar. TWN began using its own systems called PMX in 1997, which is still in use today.

The Weather Network launched its web site in 1996.

May 1998 – November 2005 (Mississauga, Ontario)

On Saturday, May 2 1998, the Weather Network started broadcasting nationally from its Mississauga studio (1 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario) after relocating from Montreal. Many new presenters had arrived at this time including Anwar Knight, Kim MacDonald, and Rory O'Shea.

The Weather Network launched its redesigned web site in September 1999, promising users a more dynamic and integrated web experience. New content such as regularly updated severe weather warnings, a national weather map illustrating current conditions, course-specific golf forecasts, and ski resort conditions, as well as UV, air quality, and pollen forecasts were incorporated in the new web site.

In late 2001, the network made a number of significant changes. The 7-Day Outlook debuted on the Local Forecast at the start of the winter season programming.

On March 25 2002, The Weather Network debuted "Metacast Ultra", a new state-of-the-art weather presentation system that consisted of weather maps featuring more than 1200 local communities, commuter routes and regional highways, animated weather icons, and higher resolution weather graphics.

The Weather Network unveiled a newly redesigned website in 2003 that was faster, more localized, and easier to use. The re-designed site offered clients the opportunity to produce 'weather-triggered ads'. In addition, clients were able to localize their ads by tagging location-specific information onto a particular city or area.

On March 29 2004, The Weather Network debuted a new 14-day trend outlook as part of the local cable weather package that was seen every 10 minutes on the 10’s (e.g., "8:10", "8:20", "8:30", etc.; this is similar to the Weather Channel's "Local on the Eights" in the USA). It provided a two-week look at how the weather would trend compared to normal temperature values and weather conditions for that particular time of year.

In June 2004, The Weather Network took legal action against Star Choice after moving TWN on a new bundle without giving any notice to its subscribers. TWN tried to prevent Star Choice from moving the channel as subscribers would have to pay an additional $7 to watch the channel. In late 2004, TWN made improved Local Forecast coverage, providing more localized forecasts in more centres across Canada.

November 2005 – present (Oakville, Ontario)

The Weather Network relocated its headquarters to Oakville, Ontario in November 2005. The local (Toronto) morning show made its debut at the brand new broadcast facility on November 29 2005, while the network's national programming started broadcasting from the new facility on Friday, December 2 2005.

On March 27 2006, The Weather Network launched an Hourly Forecast, available during the Local Forecast every ten minutes on the tens and online at theweathernetwork.com The report gave Canadians the expected temperature and sky conditions for the upcoming twelve hours on air and an extended 24 hours online.

On February 28 2007, Video On Demand was launched on theweathernetwork.com, providing Weather News, Long Range Forecasts and Regional Forecasts on demand.

The Weather Network recently added two segments: Pets & Weather; and Your Weather. It also changed its layout for Local Forecasts and the bar on the bottom of the screen broadcast through cable.

Hourly programming schedule

The Weather Network follows a schedule that repeats itself each hour, based on the current season. The spring/summer programming schedule often starts on the last Monday of March. It switches to the fall schedule the day after Thanksgiving, with the winter schedule going into effect on the first Monday of December.

In the Greater Toronto Area the top and bottom of the hour broadcast a separate feed with the 'Regional Forecast' & 'Your Long Range Forecast'.

Mornings (5-11 am ET)

Afternoons (11 am - 6 pm ET)

Evenings (6 pm - 5 am ET)

Weekends
:00 Local Forecast :00 Local Forecast :00 Local Forecast :00 Local Forecast
:02 National/Regional Forecast :02 National/Regional Forecast :02 Regional Forecast/Active Weather :02 National/Regional Forecast
:06 Long Range Forecast :06 Long Range Forecast :06 Long Range Forecast :06 Long Range Forecast
:10 Local Forecast :10 Local Forecast :10 Local Forecast :10 Local Forecast
:12 Weather News :12 Weather News :12 Weather News :12 Weather News
:20 Local Forecast :20 Local Forecast :20 Local Forecast :20 Local Forecast
:22 Travellers' Forecast :23 Active Weather :22 Travellers Forecast/ Active Weather :22 Travellers Forecast/ Active Weather
:26 Your Weather :27 Your Weather :26 Your Weather :26 Your Weather
:27 School Day Forecast :26 Weather Feature :26 Weather Feature
:30 Local Forecast :30 Local Forecast :30 Local Forecast :30 Local Forecast
:32 National/Regional Forecast :32 National/Regional Forecast :32 Regional Forecast/Active Weather :32 National/Regional Forecast
:36 Long Range Forecast :36 Long Range Forecast :36 Long Range Forecast :36 Long Range Forecast
:40 Local Forecast :40 Local Forecast :40 Local Forecast :40 Local Forecast
:42 Weather News :42 Weather News :42 Weather News :42 Weather News
:50 Local Forecast :50 Local Forecast :50 Local Forecast :50 Local Forecast
:53 Active Weather :52 Active Weather :52 Travellers Forecast/ Active Weather :52 Travellers Forecast/ Active Weather
:57 Travellers' Forecast :55 International Forecast :55 International Forecast
:57 Weather Feature :56 Weather Feature :56 Weather Feature
:58 UV Report :58 UV Report :58 UV Report :58 UV Report

Weather segments

Local Forecast

A notable feature of The Weather Network is its useful Local Forecast. On cable providers, a comprehensive report for the nearest weather station to the cable head-end is given, from current conditions all the way to two-week forecasts. The Local Forecast occurs "every 10 minutes on the tens" (analogous to The Weather Channel's "Local on the Eights"). Unlike its U.S. counterpart, however, in recent years The Weather Network has generally used the same music for each local forecast (with the same piece sometimes used consistently for a year or more), as opposed to a rotation of different jazz music.

Those subscribed to the Bell TV satellite service have the option of viewing a similar local forecast to that of cable providers, using ExpressVu's iTV service. Subscribers are able to select from a list of 200 cities from across Canada to view their local forecast in. The receiver then automatically overlays this local version over the default version for satellite subscribers (see below). The receiver also does the same for other weather segments, such as the Pollen Forecast during the summer and Ski Conditions during the winter months.

On other satellite providers, it is simply a two minute runthrough of local weather conditions in various major centres across Canada. It gives viewers the current temperature, wind speed and weather conditions, as well as that same information for the rest of the day and the two days subsequent to that.

National and Long Range Forecasts

A detailed analysis of the current weather across Canada including the weather expected nationwide over the next five days. National Forecast airs following the Local Forecasts at the top and bottom of every hour.

For residents in southern Ontario, particularly the Greater Toronto Area, forecasts have been changed for the viewing area. At the top and bottom of the hour, one of the presenters gives a 'Regional Forecast' focusing on current conditions around the Toronto listening area, in the style of a local news weathercast. Immediately following is 'Your Long Range Forecast' giving conditions for the next 5 days in southern Ontario. The new programming is a continuation throughout the day of Good Morning Toronto.

Weather News

Airs at :12 and :42 minutes after the hour. This is a four- to five-minute newscast highlighting significant weather stories and environmental issues and includes packaged news reports. The Weather Network news department won the first annual Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award for network TV. This prestigious award is given by the Radio and Television News Director's Association (RTNDA) for the best news reports on a subject of cultural diversity. The Weather Network won for its 2006 two-part news series on weather and Black History. The Network also won a World Medal from the NY Festivals International TV Broadcasting Awards for a 2007 story on a blind woman learning to sail who uses her other senses to determine changes in wind patterns and potential storms.

Other segments – year-round

  • Travellers Forecast
  • School Day Forecast (weekday mornings)
  • International Forecast (weekday afternoons and weekends)
  • Weather In-Depth (weeknights)

Weather segments – spring/summer/fall

  • Lawn & Garden Forecast
  • Pollen Forecast
  • UV Report

Weather segments – winter

  • Cold & Flu Report
  • Highway Conditions
  • Ski & Snowboard Conditions

Weather features

  • Climate Change
  • Facts of Fishing (Spring/Summer)
  • Golf Tips (Spring/Summer)
  • Lawn & Garden Report (Spring/Summer)
  • Pets & Weather
  • Ski Safety Tips (Winter)
  • Under the Weather
  • Vacation Bound (Winter)
  • Weather & Your Home
  • Weather Wise
  • The Great Outdoors

Other weather services

In addition to its web site, The Weather Network has an e-mail service called WeatherDirect, that sends weather forecasts via e-mail. There is also an e-mail service for Pollen Conditions and Road Conditions. TWN has a text message service which sends forecasts on wireless phones.

TWN has a small desktop application that can be downloaded free called WeatherEye, which displays current weather conditions, short term and long term forecasts on the desktop.

In 2006 Bell TV and The Weather Network started an iTV interactive version of the Weather Network, enabling viewers to set their city and view specific forecasts every time.

The Weather Network also features things such as Weather Trivia, allows viewers to call in or send pictures to report local extreme weather conditions, and also holds weather-related contests.

All Channel Alert

Pelmorex has undertaken a project that would create a national warning system called All Channel Alert, similar to the Emergency Alert System in the United States. This system was partially approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on February 28, 2007, "with conditions".

Criticism

The network has been criticized for its excessive use of advertising through commercials and forecasts and some weather segments (e.g., hot spots, picnic/barbecue report, etc.) - which has led to less time for detailed forecasts and more time spent on advertising. The same problem also occurs with the U.S. based Weather Channel. In the past, there was little to no advertising. Currently, local forecasts are sponsored using static logos during and after forecasts.

The station has also been criticized for putting more focus over the weather in Southern Ontario than the rest of Canada during its national segments. The network had also been noted for the number of technical difficulties in the early years when the network and its sister station MétéoMédia shared the same satellite transponder and facilities. During a technical difficulty, it often shows a repeated version of a local forecast. An especially long technical difficulty occurred during and after the blackout of summer 2003.

On-air presenters

Every three or so months, the east coast (5 a.m. - 9 a.m.) and the west coast (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) shows switch presenters.

These are the on-air presenters as of August 21 2008:

Weekdays

Timeslot
(All Times Eastern)

Hosts

CMOS
Certified?

On TWN Since
5:00 - 9:00 am Carrie Olver No 2003
Kevin Yarde No 2001
5:30 - 9:00 am (GTA) Karen Johnson Yes 2002
Tom Reynolds No 1995
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Emily Vukovic No 2007
Chris Mei Yes 2006
2:00 - 6:00 pm Suzanne Leonard Feliz Yes 1998
6:00 - 10:00 pm Sheryl Plouffe (Maternity Leave) Yes 1998
Kim MacDonald Yes 1998
Chris Murphy Yes 1999
10:00 pm - 5:00 am (6:00 am) Anne-Marie Sweeney No 1998

Weekends

Timeslot
(All Times Eastern)

Hosts

CMOS
Certified?

On TWN Since
6:00 am - 2:00 pm Chris St. Clair No 1995
2:00 - 11:00 pm Tim Bolen No 2007
11:00 - 6:00 am Anne Gaviola No 2006

On-call & Video On Demand hosts

Weather Anchor

Video on Demand

On-call

On TWN Since
Tim Bolen Yes Yes 2007
Anne Gaviola No Yes 2006
Nicola Jones Yes No 2007
Sangita Patel Yes Yes 2008
Ola Sturik Yes Yes 2007
Danielle Savoni Yes No 2008
Natalie Thomas Yes Yes 2007

Reporters

Bureau Correspondents

Area

On TWN Since
Chris Dawson Northern Ontario 2005
Kelly Noseworthy Also Voice-over Artist Southern Ontario / Quebec 2006
Oga Nwobosi (Maternity Leave) British Columbia 1999
Ross Hull British Columbia 2004
Shelley Steeves Atlantic Canada 1998

CMOS members

Five TWN presenters are members of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). The Weather Network & MeteoMedia have more CMOS based presenters than any other Canadian weather media sources. Currently, on TWN, Chris Murphy, Kim MacDonald, Suzanne Leonard Feliz, Karen Johnson, Sheryl Plouffe, and Chris Mei are CMOS certified.

Former on-air presenters

(In alphabetical order)

Personality

Former Role(s)
On TWN

Current Whereabouts
Zuraidah Alman
(1999-2003)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster
Main Collaborators: Rory O'Shea, Gary Ryan, Suzanne Leonard Feliz
Allison Annesley Daytime Co-Host on Rogers Television in Mississauga, Ontario
Debra Arbec
(1994-1998)
Montreal, QC: Morning Report Anchor, Sea to Sea Ancor
Main Collaborators: Al Dubois, Andy Peplowski, Rene Brunet
News anchor at CFCF (CTV) Montreal
Gary Archibald
(2003-2004)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (Weekend Afternoons) Weathercaster on NBC Weather Plus and MSNBC
Shane Arnos
(1995-1996)
Montreal, QC: Weather Broadcaster
Main Collaborators: Lila Feng
Halina Balka Fill-in traffic reporter on Good Morning Toronto Traffic reporter for CFTR 680 News in Toronto
Candice Batista
(2004-2007)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster
Oakville, ON: Weather Broadcaster
Main Collaborators: Sheryl Plouffe
Host Toronto Living on Rogers Television
Tarah Black
(Now Tarah Schwartz)
Montreal, QC: EarthWatch (West) Anchor
Main Collaborators: Scott Simms
News anchor at CFCF (CTV) Montreal
Nadine Blayney
(2003-2005)
Mississauga, ON: News Writer, Weather Broadcaster
Main Collaborators: Anton Granic, Helena DeVries
Last Day On-Air: December 2, 2005
Resides in Australia )
Eramelinda Boquer Radio personality with CJAD 800 in Montreal; voice-over artist
Jane Brown
(1998-2000)
Mississauga, ON: EarthWatch Weekend Keywall Presenter
Main Collaborators: Rory O'Shea
News Anchor on Bill Carroll Morning Show on CFRB 1010
René Brunet
(1995?-1998)
On-Camera Meterorologist Weather Watch (1995-1996) Sea to Sea (1997-1998)
Main Collaborators: Lila Feng, Debra Arbec
Environment Canada meteorologist
Lianne Castilino Montreal, QC: Anchor Earthwatch Weekend Host/Reporter Rogers television Toronto
Frank Cavallaro
(1988-1995)
Montreal, QC: Weather Broadcaster Main Collaborators: Lila Feng Weather presenter at CFCF (CTV) Montreal
Rina Chandarana
(2004-2005)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (On-Call) News Writer CP24 in Toronto
Lawrence Cho
(2003)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (On-Call)
Tanya Churchmuch
(1995-1998)
Montreal, QC: Weather Broadcaster Weekend Report(1996-1997) & Morning Report (1998) Senior Media Relations Advisor for Concordia University Montreal
Sherrie Claridge
(1995-1998)
Keywall Presenter Weekend Report (1995-1997)
Anchor Sea to Sea (1997-1998)
Main Collaborators: Al Dubois, Luciano Pippia
Last heard of working for STA Communications in Montreal
Carla Collins Stand up comic and Canadian television personality
Caroline Corey
William Coulter
(2001-2003)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (Weekend Afternoons) Weather anchor at Global Ontario
Helena DeVries
(2001-2002, 2004-2006)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster
Oakville, ON: Weather Broadcaster
Main Collaborators: Rory O'Shea, Nadine Blayney
Last Day On-Air: June 29, 2006
With Energy TV
Camilla Di Giuseppe Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (On-Call) News reporter/anchor for CFCN in Calgary
Al Dubois
(1995?-1998)
Montreal, QC: Earthwatch Weekend / Morning Report / Sea To Sea Keywall Presenter; Voice Over Artist Main Collaborators: Sandra Jansen, Debra Arbec, Sherrie Claridge CKMI This Morning Live Weather/Sports Anchor in Quebec
Nneka Elliott
(2007-2008)
Oakville, ON: Weather Broadcaster (On-Call) Traffic/Weather Specialist CP24
Lila Feng
(1992-1999)
Montreal, QC: Earthwatch (East) Anchor
Mississauga, ON: Earthwatch (East) Anchor
Main Collaborators: Shane Arnos, Frank Cavallaro, Colette Kennedy, Rene Brunet
CNN International
Jill Fitzgerald
(1997-1998)
Montreal, QC: Weekend Report Keywall Presenter Traffic Reporter CINW 940 AM Montreal
Rosalie Ferguson
Programming Coordinator (2001-06)
Weather Broadcaster (2006-07)
Anchor, DEX.tv
Linda Freeman Good Morning Toronto Host
Main Collaborators: Tom Reynolds, Robin Ward
With CING-FM 95.3 in Hamilton
Liza Fromer Good Morning Toronto Host
Main Collaborators: Michael Kuss, Tom Reynolds
former Breakfast Television host at CITY-TV, Departed following pregnancy, Slice programme for fall 2007.
Martine Gaillard Good Morning Toronto Host
Main Collaborators: Tom Reynolds
Rogers Sportsnet Anchor
[Marlene(Murray)]] Keywall Presenter Earthwatch Weekend (1997-1998) Main Collaborators: Murry Sherriffs Working for CTV Ottawa & SOS Children's Villages Canada
Anton Granic
(2003-2006)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (Weekend Evenings)
Main Collaborators: Nadine Blayney, Carrie Olver
Last day on air: June 25 2006
Kim Handysides Voice work for documentary style films in Canada
Rob Haswell
(1998-2002)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster
Main Collaborators: Sheryl Plouffe, Suzanne Leonard Feliz
WITI TV FOX Milwaukee On-Air Meteorologist
Krista Herman
(1996-1997)
Montreal, QC: Weather Broadcaster'
Weekend Report
Now doing syndicated Lifestyle and Consumer affairs pieces for US television
Steve Jacobs Chief Meteorologist at KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas
Sandra Jansen Anchor Earthwatch Weekend (1994-1995) Main Collaborators: Al Dubois CTV Newsnet Anchor
Carolyn Jarvis
(2002-2004)
Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster
Main Collaborators: Carrie Olver, Scott Simms
CITV
Michelle Jobin
(2006-2007)
Oakville, ON: On-Call Weather Broadcaster
Global Calgary Weekend Weather Anchor
Colette Kennedy(1996-1998) Montreal, QC: On-Air Meteorologist on EarthWatch (East)
Mississauga, ON: On-Air Meteorologist on EarthWatch (East)
Main Collaborators: Lila Feng
Patty Kim Montreal, QC: Afternoon Keywall Presenter The Discovery Channel Washington Correspondent
Anwar Knight
(1998-2001)
Mississauga, ON: Weekend Report and EarthWatch (East) Keywall Presenter
Main Collaborators: Suzanne Leonard Feliz, Marcia MacMillan
CFTO and CTV Newsnet Weather Reporter, Actor, Radio Personality
Les Krifaton
(1988-2002)
Montreal, QC: Weather Broadcaster; Western Bureau Correspondent (Vancouver)
Mississauga, ON: Sea to Sea Anchor
Main Collaborators: Kim MacDonald, Suzanne Leonard Feliz
KVVU-TV Las Vegas News Reporter
Mark Kriski KTLA Los Angeles on-air personality
Michael Kuss (1996-1997) On-Air Meteorologist on Good Morning Toronto
Main Collaborators: Liza Former
CITY Toronto On-Air Meteorologist as of June 2006
Elissa Lansdell Works for Country Music Television Canada
Michelle Leslie
(2003-2008)
Weekend Presenter Last day on-air Saturday August 9; Now with CHCH News in Hamilton, ON
Dana Levenson(1998-2000) Keywall Presenter (Weekends / On-call) News reporter for CFTO in Toronto
Neil Mathur Keywall Presenter (Weekends) Humber College Instructor in Toronto
Niall McGee
(2001)
Mississauga, ON: Weather News Reporter Reporter CKCO CTV Kitchener
Marcia MacMillan(1999-2002) Mississauga, ON: EarthWatch and Good Morning Toronto Anchor
Main Collaborators: Randy Renaud, Anwar Knight
CTV Newsnet Anchor
Lise McAuley(1991-1998) Keywall Presenter Weekend Report CFCF weekend weather presenter
Jackie Meretsky(2002-2005) Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (On-Call and Weekend Evenings)
Main Collaborators: Chris Murphy, Anton Granic
Last Day On-Air: September 18, 2005
NBC Weather Plus Meteorologist
Mae Moore On-Call Broadcaster
Bart Murphy(1998-2001) Northern Ontario Radio Weather Specialist Operations Director / On-Air Traffic Anchor Canadian Traffic Network
Bruce Myers Keywall Presenter Weekend Report (1995) Anglican Church of Canada clergy, Magdalen Islands Quebec
Ashaw Noorhasan
(2000-2001)
Mississauga, ON: On-Call Keywall Presenter
Anchor for First Local on Rogers Television York Region
Sharon O'Flaherty
(1998-2000)
Mississauga, ON: EarthWatch Weekend (West) and Weekend Report Keywall Presenter
Main Collaborators: Bob Pronyk
Kerry O'Reilly
Rory O'Shea(Presenter: 1998-2002) currently the imaging voice Mississauga, ON: EarthWatch Weekend (East) Anchor
Main Collaborators: Jane Brown, Zuraidah Alman
ImEdge Communications
Luciano Pippia (Jan-Apr 1998) Montreal, QC News Anchor - Sea to Sea
Main Collaborators: Sherrie Claridge
Business reporter for AM 940 Montreal
Andy Peplowski Anchor/Presentor Morning Report This Morning Live Host/News Anchor on CKMI in Quebec
Leianne Pereira (1999-2004) Mississauga, ON: Toronto Bureau Correspondent Communications Advisor, Canadian Red Cross
Irene Preklet(2001-2002) Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (On-Call) 680 News Weekend news anchor
Bob Pronyk Mississauga, ON: EarthWatch Weekend (West) Anchor
Main Collaborators: Sharon O'Flaherty
CKCO-TV Weekend Weather and Sports
Natasha Ramsahai (1999?-2001) Mississauga, ON: On-Air Meteorologist (On-Call) CBC Newsworld On-Air Meteorologist
Sujata Raisinghani (1997-1998) Mississauga, ON: Weekend Report Keywall Presenter Environment Canada Spokes-woman
Randy Renaud(1995-2001) Montreal, QC: EarthWatch Weekend Keywall Presenter
Mississauga, ON: EarthWatch (West) and EarthWatch (East) Keywall Presenter Main Collaborators: Cindy Sherwin, Murry Sherriffs, Scott Simms, Michelle Schurman
CHOM-FM Montreal Saturday Evening Announcer and That CHOM 80's Show Host and occasionally seen at CFCF
Waub Rice(2005-2006) Mississauga, ON: Toronto Bureau Correspondent Freelance writer
Susan Rogers
Gary Ryan
(1990-2003)
Montreal, QC: Weather Broadcaster (Weekday Afternoons)
Mississauga, ON: Across Canada Keywall Presenter
Main Collaborators: Kim MacDonald, Zuraidah Alman, Karen Johnson
Voice-Over Artist at: www.garyryanonline.com, and Commercial, Television & Film Actor
Lora Saccomani
Christine Schmidt
(Now Christine Crosbie)
Health Specialist for Global Ontario
Michelle Schurman(1994-2000) Montreal, QC: Maritimes Bureau Correspondent
Mississauga, ON: EarthWatch (West) and Across Canada Anchor
Main Collaborators: Randy Renaud, Gary Ryan
News reporter with CICT in Calgary
Chris Scott
(1998-2006)
Mississauga, ON: On-Air Meteorologist during This Weekend
Oakville, ON: On-Air Meteorologist
Main Collaborators: Sheryl Plouffe, Chris St. Clair
CMOS certified, off air working in Meteorological department, recently returned on November 2, 2007, to do a Storm Watch report on Hurricane Noel.
Murray Sherriffs(?-1998) Montreal, QC: EarthWatch Weekend Anchor Main Collaborators: Gwen Tolbart, Randy Renaud News anchor and morning personality on CJFM "Mix 96" in Montreal
Cindy Sherwin Anchor Earthwatch Weekend Main Collaborators: Randy Renaud, Scott Simms CFCF news reporter
Scott Simms(1994?-2003) Montreal, QC: EarthWatch (West) Keywall Presenter
Mississauga, ON: Sea To Sea, Morning Report, EarthWatch (East) Keywall Presenter
Main Collaborators: Tarah Black, Sherrie Claridge, Sheryl Plouffe
Member of Canadian Parliament.
Sonya Singh(2002-2003) Global Weather Anchor
Michelle Skinner Montreal, QC: Voice-Over Artist; Weekend Report Keywall Presenter
Jerri Southcott
(1995-1997)
Montreal, QC: Weather Broadcaster (On-call) CBC Television host Living in Ottawa
Jill Taylor(1998-2000) CFTR AM 680 Toronto On-Air Meteorologist
Kim Taylor-Galway Mississauga, ON: Weather Broadcaster (On-Call) Spokesperson for Royal LePage - Your Community Realty, Toronto
Susan Turnbull
(2007-2008)
Oakville, ON: On-Demand Weather Broadcaster
Barbra Tylbor (1998-2000) Mississauga, ON: Morning Report Weather Broadcaster On-call Weather Specialist & News Anchor 680 News
Gwen Tolbart Montreal, QC: EarthWatch Weekend Keywall Presenter Main Collaborators: Murray Sherriffs, Scott Simms News anchor for WTTG TV in Washington, DC.
Visjna Vuk (2003-2004) Mississauga, ON On-call weather presenter Voice-over artist for Rogers Communications Jack-FM stations
Robin Ward Mississauga, ON: Good Morning Toronto On-Location Reporter Retired
Jillian Warry
(Now Jillian Reynolds)
(1990-1992)
Weekday evening weather presenter At-large TV personality and weather presenter for Fox NFL Sunday
Elaine Yim
(Now
Elaine Yim-Spencer')
(1998-2001)
Mississauga, ON: Weekend Report Keywall Presenter Associate Producer, Host for The Discovery Channel

Former programs (before 2002)

  • Across Canada
  • EarthWatch (East)
  • EarthWatch (West)
  • Good Morning Toronto
    • May 26 2000 - Show expanded its coverage area to include Georgetown, Acton, Ancaster, Dundas, Milton and Erin
    • January 2 2001 - Debuted with a fresh, new look that included a state-of-the-art cyberset
    • 2001:
      • Sheryl Plouffe (Anchor),
      • Tom Reynolds (Commuter Reporter),
      • Rob Haswell (Weather Presenter),
      • Robin Ward (On-Location Reporter)
  • Weekend Weather Wise - a short-lived program that ran Thur/Fri evenings (7pm to 11pm) and Sat/Sun mornings (9 a.m. to noon) from Thursday July 30 1998 to Sunday November 29 1998 in the Toronto area
    • Lila Feng (Anchor),
    • Bob Pronyk (Presenter),
    • Anwar Knight (Presenter--on location at various Toronto events, e.g., CNE),
  • Morning Report
  • Sea to Sea
  • This Weekend
  • Weekend Report
  • Weather In-Depth
    • A replacement for this segment is Active Weather
  • Weather Watch - the program aired Monday to Friday at :28 & :58 past the hour during the ]]Morning Report]] with Debra Arbec and Al Dubois. Host Rene Brunet details active weather through the country. Nicolas Major was the substitute host.
  • Former programs (before 1992)

    • Across Canada
    • Good Morning Weather
    • Weather of the day

    Additional details regarding May 1998 launch

    On Saturday, May 2 1998, The Weather Network started broadcasting nationally from its Mississauga studio (1 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario) after relocating from Montreal. Many new presenters had arrived at this time including Anwar Knight, Kim MacDonald, and Rory O'Shea. Here is the list of on-air presenters who had helped to launch TWN's Mississauga era.

    Weekday programming:

    Timeslot
    (All Times Eastern)

    Show

    Hosts
    5:00 - 9:00 am Morning Report Barbara Tylbor
    5:30 - 9:00 am (GTA) Good Morning Toronto Tom Reynolds
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sea To Sea Sherrie Claridge, Scott Simms
    3:00 - 7:00 pm None at first (later Across Canada) Gary Ryan
    7:00 - 11:00 pm EarthWatch (East) Lila Feng, Colette Kennedy
    11:00 pm - 5:00 am EarthWatch (West) Michelle Schurman, Randy Renaud

    Weekend programming:

    Timeslot
    (All Times Eastern)

    Show

    Hosts
    6:00 - 10:00 am Weekend Report Anwar Knight
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm Weekend Report Kim MacDonald
    3:00 - 7:00 pm Weekend Report Elaine Yim
    7:00 - 11:00 pm EarthWatch Weekend (East) Rory O'Shea, Jane Brown
    11:00 pm - 6:00 am EarthWatch Weekend (West) Bob Pronyk, Sharon O'Flaherty

    See also

    References

    External links

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