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Sam Champion Leaving ABC for The Weather Channel (TVNewser)
Sam Champion, weatherman for ABC’s Good Morning America, is leaving ABC and joining the Weather Channel. It’s the first talent departure at the No. 1 morning show in more than two years. Champion, an ABC veteran, has been GMA‘s weather anchor since 2006. He joined ABC 25 years ago as weather anchor for WABC in New York. Champion will be the face of the Weather Channel and also its managing editor. Beginning next year, he’ll anchor a morning show that on many days will be hosted remotely. NYT Both Champion and his boss at ABC News, Ben Sherwood, described the decision to leave GMA as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for a weather aficionado. Champion is not a meteorologist, but has been involved in coverage of numerous weather events at ABC in recent years, including the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last year. ABC News won a Peabody Award for its coverage of that storm. NY Post ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee will take over his weather responsibilities at the morning show and network. TheWrap “[Champion] is already one of the top names in morning television, as well as one of the country’s most respected and trusted weather reporters,” said Weather Channel president David Clark. “He will add a great deal to our network and be a great addition to our already proven and stellar team of talented weather professionals.” TVNewser Champion sent a note to his ABC “family” thanking them for the support and giving hints as to why he left the No. 1 morning show.

Chinese Authorities Conduct Unannounced ‘Inspections’ of Bloomberg News Bureaus (Fortune)
In what appears to be a conspicuous show of displeasure, Chinese authorities conducted unannounced “inspections” at Bloomberg News bureaus in Beijing and Shanghai in the final days of November, Fortune has learned. The visits followed media reports that Bloomberg cancelled a year-long investigation on financial ties between a Chinese billionaire and government officials. Bloomberg has been described in press accounts as canceling the article to avoid antagonizing the Chinese government. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Though it’s not clear which government agency the officials represented, people at Bloomberg “view the appearance by civil government officials (they weren’t police) as an act of intimidation.” So, it seems that the thing Bloomberg was trying to avoid by not publishing the story happened anyway, only nobody got to see the thing. BuzzFeed Robert Hutton, Bloomberg’s long-standing and respected U.K. political reporter, has been excluded from a press conference with Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Hutton has spent a decade covering U.K. politics for the newswire service, building up a reputation for reliability while also writing the definitive guide to journalese — the language of news. In short, he’s not a loose cannon.

Apple Taps Into Twitter, Buying Social Analytics Firm Topsy (WSJ)
Apple recently acquired social-media analytics firm Topsy Labs Inc. for more than $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Topsy specializes in analyzing the global conversation on Twitter. Its tools can decipher how often a term is tweeted, find an influential person on a specific subject, or measure the exposure of an event or campaign. TechCrunch Topsy is one of several firms that have been focused on gathering and parsing data from Twitter’s platform. It allows customers to tap into a store of more than 425 billion tweets from 2006 onwards to sniff out trends. NYT Topsy focuses on analyzing the half a billion messages sent over Twitter every day. The company has indexed every tweet ever sent and has made them searchable, much like Google does for the Web.