Debora Wilson
Title: President/CEO, The Weather Channel Companies
Last Year: #55
Age: 51
Education: George Mason U, BS, Business Admin

Why Her? Weathering an uncertain six months before Weather’s sale from Landmark to NBCU and the full-throttle launch of the network’s HD programming were all in a year’s work for Wilson. Weather’s already capitalizing on HD with new ratings winners such as When Weather Changed History.

Proud Moment: Opening of Weather’s $60mln HD production facility in Atlanta.

Silver Lining: Bad weather generally means good ratings, and Mother Nature’s wrath this year afforded Weather several victories. During Hurricane Gustav in Sept, Weather reached 65mln unduplicated viewers, surpassing ESPN and TBS during the three-day period.

Year Ahead:
NBCU purchase should bring stability eventually, but there will be pain — Weather laid off 100 in late Nov.

Favorite Restaurant: Any small trattoria in the heart of Tuscany

Drink: A great glass of red wine

Music: Jazz (so who do you think picks the music for Local on the Eights!?)

Unnecessary Luxury I Like Most: Sleep

In ’09 I Resolve: Not to sell The Weather Channel (again)!

Best Business Advice Received: The harder you work the luckier you’ll get

My Company Is Preparing For The Future By:  Always being in front of the next platform consumers will embrace to get their weather content – cable, Internet, mobile, ITV, HD

My Philosophy Of Life: Live as big a life as you can

The Trait I Most Admire In People: Genuineness

Hero: My wonderful parents


Return to the CableFAX 100 table of contents.

The Daily


WGA Tentative Agreement To Set Example For SAG-AFTRA

Writers and producers rejoiced when news emerged that the WGA and the AMPTP reached a deal for a new contract after 146 days of striking.

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Dec 6
2023 Most Powerful Women Awards Nomination close on September 8, 2023.
Full Calendar


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact [email protected] for more information.