Discovery Channel and Bell Media Factual Networks Announce Fall 2011 "Must See" Highlights

- DAN RISKIN named as DAILY PLANET's new co-host -
- Three original Canadian commissions to launch in the Fall -
- Discovery Channel HD simulcast channel announced -

TORONTO, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Offering Canada's best factual entertainment lineup, Discovery Channel announced today its Fall schedule highlights, including the launch of four brand-new series, new specials, and the return of fan-favourites. Ranked as the #1 Media Brand in Canada and #1 channel for overall Viewer Satisfaction, Discovery Channel heads into Fall from a position of strength. And - for the first time - Discovery Channel launches its Fall schedule in High Definition on a new parallel HD service, allowing viewers to experience the full spectrum of Discovery's programming showcased in breathtaking HD. This Fall on Discovery Channel HD, the explosions will be bigger, the beasts more ferocious, and the expanses of our planet - and beyond! - will be more awe-inspiring and thrilling than ever before. (Note: Specific details about the HD launch and roll out will be announced separately.)

Today, Discovery Channel reveals its plans for an incredible 17th season of DAILY PLANET, naming biologist Dan Riskin as the flagship series' new co-host, joining Ziya Tong, when the nightly program returns and unveils a brand-new look, in HD. Also this Fall, Discovery Channel is set to premiere three brand-new original Canadian series - in as many weeks! Watch for NATURAL BORN DEALERS, PRANK SCIENCE and GAME CHANGERS (working title) starting in mid-September, plus new seasons of runaway hits like CANADA'S WORST DRIVER and MAYDAY. Discovery Channel's Fall lineup leads a dynamic portfolio representing the best and boldest factual entertainment in the world. Animal Planet, Discovery World HD, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Science are also geared up for an exciting new season with new series and specials; these services will also launch HD simulcast channels by the end of the year.

To view the complete release - including Fall program highlights for Discovery & the Factual Networks, a bio for Dan Riskin, photography and more -  go to bellmedia.ca/discovery.

For further information:

Jodi Cook, Discovery Channel & Factual Networks, 416.384.4603 or jodi.cook@bellmedia.ca
Noah Zatzman, Discovery Channel & Factual Networks, 416.384.5903 or noah.zatzman@bellmedia.ca
Julie MacFarlane, Discovery Channel & Factual Networks, 416.384.5166 or julie.macfarlane@bellmedia.ca