One month after the company that owns The Weather Channel bought Weather Central, 401 Charmany Drive, more than 20 employees of the Madison company face the loss of their jobs.

Weather Services International, of Andover, Mass., told 21 employees at the Madison office last week that their jobs will end by the end of the year, spokeswoman Shirley Powell said. "These positions are, for the most part, duplicate management and back office functions that have been consolidated," she said.

Powell also said five to seven new positions are expected to be created in Madison by the end of the year, mostly in software engineering and enterprise sales.

Weather Central, founded in 1974 by Terry Kelly, of Madison, was purchased by Weather Services International in August for an undisclosed amount. It is part of The Weather Channel Cos., owned by NBC Universal and private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

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