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Press Release

April 1, 2020

The Weather Channel Named 2020 Harris Poll EquiTrend® TV News Brand of the Year

Honor marks the network’s tenth consecutive year as top TV News Brand

The Weather Channel television network announced today it has been named the 2020 Harris Poll EquiTrend® TV News Brand of the Year for the 10th consecutive year.

Now in its 32nd year, Harris Poll EquiTrend® is an annual tracking study that measures and compares the brand health of nearly 2,000 brands across 150+ categories from automobiles to restaurants. The Weather Channel television network received the highest equity score among a subset of brands evaluated in the TV News Category.

“We’re honored that The Weather Channel has been named TV News Brand of the Year for the tenth year in a row,” said Tom O'Brien, president of The Weather Channel television network. “This unprecedented honor can be attributed to the around-the-clock work our dedicated team puts in to provide viewers with unmatched live coverage and in-depth reporting to keep our country informed and safe.”

Harris Poll EquiTrend®, conducted since 1989, measures brand health over time. The EquiTrend Brand Equity Index consists of three factors – Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration – that results in a brand equity rating for each brand. Brands ranking highest in equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend “Brand of the Year” award for their respective categories.

The Weather Channel television network received the highest numerical Equity Score and the highest numerical score relating to Trust and Love among TV News brands included in the 2020 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, which is based on opinions of 39,100 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online between January 1 and January 30, 2020. “Highest Ranked” was determined by a pure ranking of a sample of TV News brands.

Over the past year, The Weather Channel has continued pioneering new methods of broadcast presentation for real-time immersive storytelling by integrating their Emmy-award winning Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) technology into new segments that take viewers inside of various weather environments. In March 2020, the network also launched special educational programming content for parents and kids who are at home due to school closures in the wake of COVID-19. In addition, The Weather Channel has continued their unparalleled live coverage of the most impactful severe weather events across the country, with on-camera meteorologists both in the field and in the studio.


About The Weather Channel

Since its launch over 37 years ago, The Weather Channel television network has become the top-rated and most widely distributed weather network in America. The Weather Channel television network has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet and serving as the nation’s only 24-hour source of national storm coverage. With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather, its expertise is unrivaled. In 2018, the Ipsos poll ranked The Weather Channel as the most trusted name in news media and in 2019, The Weather Channel won an Emmy for its coverage of its new Immersive Mixed Reality technology. For ten years in a row, Harris Poll has ranked The Weather Channel as the “TV News Brand of the Year.”

About The Harris Poll®

Over the last 5 decades, Harris Polls have become media staples around the world.  Frequent polls tap into a representative sample of Americans of all ages, genders, income and ethnic backgrounds.  From sports to health, politics to the economy, the Harris Poll reflects Americans’ opinions on a wide range of topics and are regularly published by national, local, consumer, business and trade media outlets.  In February 2014, The Harris Poll was acquired by Nielsen. Find out more at TheHarrisPoll.com.