Frank Batten

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Frank Batten
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Frank Batten speaking at the National Cable Television Association annual convention on May 2, 1982, for the launch of The Weather Channel
Born(1927-02-11)February 11, 1927
Norfolk, Virginia
DiedSeptember 10, 2009(2009-09-10) (aged 82)
EducationUniversity of Virginia
Harvard (MBA)
Occupation
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Years active1954–1998
Known forCo-founder of The Weather Channel

Frank Batten, Sr. (February 11, 1927 – September 10, 2009) was an American media mogul who is most notable for his role as co-founder of The Weather Channel.

Early life

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Education

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Career

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Batten's son, Frank Batten, Jr., replaced him in his capacity as chairman of Landmark Communications on January 1, 1998.[1]

Later life

When Batten, Jr. went through with the sale of The Weather Channel in 2009, Batten, Sr. admitted he was regretful of the decision, but was understanding:

I understand Frank's rationale. It's just very sad for me because it's meant more than anything else in my life... I might have waited until too late. Why speculate? It's really irrelevant. I don't by that mean I'm opposed. Under the circumstances, I think he's doing the right thing. It's very hard for me to think about it. I guess I could say time will tell... I'm not running things, and if the management is convinced of it, it's likely to be the right decision.

— Frank Batten, 2009[2]

Death

Batten died on September 10, 2009, in Norfolk, Virginia. According to Richard F. Barry III, Vice Chairman of Landmark at the time, the death came after a prolonged period of illness. He was buried in the Christ and Saint Lukes Episcopal Church Columbarium in Norfolk.

Personal life

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References

  1. Sage, Connie (2011). Frank Batten: The Untold Story of the Founder of The Weather Channel. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press. ISBN 978-0-8139-3155-5.
  2. Sage, Connie (2011). Frank Batten: The Untold Story of the Founder of The Weather Channel. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press. ISBN 978-0-8139-3155-5.