Discovery Channel

Discovery founder John Hendricks retiring

Pay TV pioneer John Hendricks is to retire from Discovery Communications almost three decades years after launching the Discovery Channel on US cable. Hendricks is to officially step back from his role as chairman of Discovery on May 16 at the company’s AGM. No successor has been named at this stage. Hendricks is widely renowned […]

BT TV adds Discovery channels

BT has added HD channels Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, British Eurosport and British Eurosport 2 to its YouView offering, taking the number of HD channels offered by BT TV to 26. The new HD channels will be available as part of BT’s HD Extra “bolt on” offering, available to subscribers for £3 a month. […]

BBC Two, Smithsonian, Discovery board Jumbo

A trio of broadcasters from the UK, US and Canada have co-commissioned a documentary about the impact of the 747 airliner, widely known as the Jumbo Jet. The doc will be known as Jumbo – The Plane That Changed the World on BBC Two in the UK and Discovery Channel in Canada, where it will […]

Discovery to air live Everest leap

Discovery is going to transmit daredevil Joby Ogwyn’s wing suit leap from the summit of Mount Everest. The live broadcast will take place in May and be carried on Discovery Channel in the US and across Discovery’s 224 international channels. The special follows Discovery’s live coverage of Nik Wallenda tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon. […]

Discovery Channel heads West with Redford

Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions is creating a new factual series for US cable net Discovery Channel. The West will chart the lawless frontiers of the American West in the 40 years that followed the end of the American Civil War. It launches next year. Sundance Productions (All the President’s Men Revisited), which Redford operates with […]

News brief: Discovery orders JFK lost tapes doc

UK indie producer Arrow Media is making a one-off special for Discovery Channel, JFK: The Lost Tapes. The show will examine newly found audio recordings from Air Force One and remastered audio from the Dallas Police Force to cast new light on the US president’s assasination in 1963. Discovery will put the show out across […]

Simon Andreae lands Darnell’s Fox role, Sony project in doubt

Fox Broadcasting has handed Simon Andreae the coveted role at the top of its alternative programming unit following the departure of long time incumbent Mike Darnell. The move brings to an end Fox’s long search for a replacement for Darnell, who left earlier this year after nearly two decades with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster. […]

Discovery cited as the biggest TV channel in Europe

The Discovery Channel is the network with the widest distribution in Europe, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report surveyed 270 channels across 212 operators throughout the EMEA region. It found that Discovery is carried on 171 operators ahead of National Geographic, Eurosport and MTV, which were on 169, 164 and 160 channels […]

TLC gets new boss after Winter departure

Discovery Communications’ female-skewed TLC has named Discovery Channel production exec Nancy Daniels as its new general manager. Daniels takes on the post having previously been Discovery Channel’s executive VP, production and development. She will now oversee programming, production, development, new media and marketing at TLC and report to Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC […]

Nat Geo Television poaches BBC Worldwide Productions exec

National Geographic Television has reeled in BBC Worldwide Productions’s VP, factual production and programming, to take up an executive VP role. Tim Pastore has joined the factual-focused company to become EVP, programming and development, based in New York and reporting into NGT president Brooke Runnette. “Over the next few months, Tim and I will be […]