South Africa: Discovery Channel Gets Hot And More Enigmatic


DStv viewers tuning into Discovery Channel will have much to savour in the next 12 months, with a series of exciting and enigmatic programmes set to hit the small screen. A preview of what is coming ahead was screened 25 June 2008, at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.

Apart from Ultimate Survival 2, which started showing from 9 June, Dirty Jobs with Peter Schmeichel - a never-ending fight against dirt and a battle for increased hygiene and cleanliness - starts on 27 June, while Really Big Things (season 2) and Overhaulin' 3 hits SA shores on 1 July and 14 July, respectively.

On 15 September, a group of fishing adventurers takes on the vast and turbulent seas, braving 100km/h winds and waves the size of four-storey buildings to catch priceless crabs in Deadliest Catch 4. It is a life-or-death adventure and is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Other programmes include Smash Lab (10 September), Time Warp (19 November), Project Earth (28 October), Chris Ryan's Elite Police (December 2008), World's Toughest Tribes (2009), and many more.

Marian Williams, VP of programming for Discovery Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa, said, "Our programmes have significantly changed overtime and thanks to new technology that has given new dimensions to programme-making. But most of all, our inspiration comes from our viewers, whom we are in constant dialogue with to find out what makes them tick."

Discovery Networks EMEA was launched in 1989 and is headquartered in London and has offices in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy), Munich (Germany), Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden) and Warsaw (Poland). The channel has 190 million subscribers worldwide disseminated in 103 countries/territories.

Biz-Community (Cape Town) 26 June 2008