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Sam Champion leaving Good Morning America

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Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion is leaving ABC News to join the Weather Channel.

Weather Channel President David Clark announced Monday that Champion will anchor the network's new flagship morning show, which is set to debut in early 2014.

Champion, who will be based at the Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, will also assume managing editor responsibilities at the network.

Champion's last day will be Wednesday.  Meteorologist Ginger Zee will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across the news division

On Facebook Monday morning, Champion thanked his ABC family for 25 years with the network. He spent the last seven years on GMA.

Good Morning America is the top rated morning show in the country.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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