Based on the popular and successful US channel, The Weather Channel launched on Sky 1st October 1996. It shared its transponder with The Racing Channel and Sky Box Office transmitted from 6am until 11am. It was really designed for cable as it had specific local weather, in some cable areas it was on 24 hours a day. The channel ceased transmission in April 1998 due to poor viewing figures.
 
The Weather Channel was produced by IWP - The commercial arm of The Met Office.


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The Weather Channel Ident
1996
It's all here... in a CG feast of a spinning globe in a cube of rain, snow, sunlight, falling leaves and rainbows, all set to a classical music theme.

Weather Stings
1996
The Weather Channel featured forecasts regularly every 10 minutes or so, here's the short stings used before the start of each segment.
 
Nice looking stylised shots.


Weather Stings - Weatherscope
1996
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Weather Stings - Regional Forecast
1996
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Weather Channel Promo
1996
So what's The Weather Channel all about? maybe the answer is in the title and this promo!

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1996
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from left to right - Carol Kirkwood, Andrea McLean, Bill Keneely & Louise Lear


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www.weather.co.uk