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Discovery replaces Science Channel’s Myers

Discovery Communications has upped veteran programmer Rita Mullin to replace Debbie Adler Myers at US cable net Science Channel.

Mullin, who is executive VP, programming and development at Discovery/Oprah Winfrey joint venture channel OWN, will take up the new post on June 2.

She replaces Myers, who was general manager and EVP of Science Channel and is credited with launching programmes such as Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and Outrageous Acts of Science, plus its first scripted series, The Challenger Disaster.

Myers had been with Discovery for nine years, while Mullin worked at the pay TV giant for double that time. In her new role, she will report into Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity group president Eileen O’Neill, who said: “[Mullins] has an innate curiosity that will drive the Science Channel to the next level.”

In related news, Discovery Networks International is building up to the live broadcast of Joby Ogwyn’s BASE jump from Mt. Everest with Everest: Live from Base Camp.

The behind-the-scenes look at what is being billed as “the most challenging and complicated live broadcast ever attempted” will run nightly, weather permitting.

Everest Jump Live will see Ogwyn climb to the top of the treacherous mountain before jumping off.

“These nightly live programs enhance this already epic undertaking by allowing audiences a chance to share the experience and to see what it’s like to actually be at Everest Base Camp – not just for Joby, but for all those around the world who contribute to Everest’s unique culture,” said Luis Silberwasser, EVP and chief content officer, DNI.