Discovery Channel responds to critics by increasing science- and fact-based programs, steering away from the sensational ratings-bait that has driven the past few years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawsuits over a 2013 helicopter crash that killed three men during the filming of a reality television show for the Discovery Channel have been settled, court records show. Records show the settlement was reported to a Los Angeles court on Aug. 4, but no details on the settlements were publicly filed. […]
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two cast members and the production company of the Discovery Channel reality show “Alaska: The Last Frontier” have been charged with using a helicopter for a black bear hunt. A former production company employee tipped troopers off about the illegal hunt, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters told the Alaska Dispatch News […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sharks are serious business this summer, with “Sharknado”-style flippancy a barely heard echo following grisly attacks on beachgoers off the Florida, California and North and South Carolina coasts. Seriousness also marks the tone of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week which, after veering off course with programs that lopsidedly favored thrills over information, […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A helicopter pilot working on a reality television show was the likely cause of a crash that killed him and two other people, federal investigators have determined. The determination was contained in a probable cause report by the National Transportation Safety Board involving the February 2013 crash during filming of a […]
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — There’s a new boss in charge at the Discovery Network, and he’s anxious to get rid of mega-sharks, mermaids and man-eating snakes. Rich Ross, a longtime Disney executive who began this week as president of Discovery Communications’ flagship channel, said he wants to broaden its appeal to reach more women and […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Discovery Channel’s “Eaten Alive” special that pitted snake against man drew more than 4 million viewers, but not all considered it time well spent. Although the title and a promotional video indicated that naturalist Paul Rosolie would be swallowed by a giant anaconda, Sunday’s pre-taped special didn’t go that far. Rosolie, […]
Marc Weinstock, director of technical operations at NBC News’ Peacock Productions, says lessons learned from the production of Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, particularly about the ability of fiber optic cable to stand up to the wind and elements, helped to shape production decisions about Discovery’s most recent live broadcast in Chicago.
The stunt hits a 2014 high for Discovery but does not match last year’s Grand Canyon walk. The 6.7 million viewers was almost half the viewers that tuned in at the height of the Grand Canyon coverage. Still, with an average 5.8 million viewers for the the entire telecast, it marks the network’s most watched this year and the second highest since 2010.
CHICAGO (AP) — Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on high wires without a safety net or a harness, and performing one blindfolded. “I feel incredible,” Wallenda said at a news conference in a nearby hotel after completing the tightrope walks. He entered wearing his blindfold, drawing […]
Freshmen senators Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich traveled to an uninhabited tropical island north of Australia this summer for a week documented by the Discovery Channel on a special that airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET. They hope their broader point — that two politicians can oppose each other on policy yet work together to accomplish something — isn’t lost on viewers or their colleagues.
Rich Ross has been named president of Discovery Channel. He will join Discovery Communications in January and be based at the company’s Los Angeles office. Ross will oversee creative and brand strategy, development, production, marketing and all day-to-day operations for the network and report to David Zaslav, president-CEO of Discovery Communications.
Discovery Channel is hoping the extensive production, logistics and safety preparations going into Nik Wallenda’s live walk between two buildings in Chicago next month will generate viewership similar to the tightrope walker’s two earlier televised events, including last year’s stroll across a section of the Grand Canyon — more than 10 million.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, “Rival Survival.” New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said they hope their adventure, scheduled […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Discovery Channel has set the date for its live coverage of the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest. The network plans to air “Everest Jump Live” on May 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern time, weather permitting. It will also be telecast globally. High-altitude climber Joby Ogwyn will make […]
Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks announces that he will retire both as chairman of the Discovery board and from the board itself after the annual meeting May 16.
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to beating a star of the TV series “Amish Mafia.” Imir Williams admitted Thursday to assaulting and stalking girlfriend Esther Schmucker, who appears on the Discovery Channel show based in Lancaster County. Authorities say Williams repeatedly punched Schmucker on Oct. 31 at her Strasburg […]
The company says it “is not developing or pursuing a direct-to-consumer offering. Any discussion or speculation to the contrary is simply inaccurate.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Discovery Channel says it will honor three veteran storm chasers who died in Oklahoma with a special airing this week. The program, “Mile Wide Tornado: Stormchasers Tribute,” will feature scenes of Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Carl Young from the former series “Stormchasers.” It airs at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday. […]