Discovery Channel Celebrates Jay Ingram As He Steps Down from Nightly Co-Hosting Duties With DAILY PLANET: JAY'S LAST SHOW, June 5

- After 16 years as daily co-host of Discovery Channel's flagship series, Ingram prepares to take on a new contributor role within the company's factual channels portfolio -

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - Discovery Channel marks the end of an era as Jay Ingram wraps his nightly duties as the co-host of DAILY PLANET.  Celebrating 16 incredible seasons as DAILY PLANET'S original co-host, Ingram steps down with a fun-filled and retrospective special, DAILY PLANET: JAY'S LAST SHOW, on Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.  In December, Ingram announced that he would be leaving his full-time hosting duties at the end of the 2010-2011 season to pursue new opportunities within the Discovery family. DAILY PLANET: JAY'S LAST SHOW will celebrate and honour Ingram's innumerable contributions that have made the world of science accessible, inspirational and entertaining for Canadians.

"Any way you look at it, 16 years is a long time," said Ingram. "We have been so lucky at DAILY PLANET - from the beginning - to be able to cover amazing stories from all over the world. This show is going to be a celebration of that. And a party."

For one last time, Ingram joins co-host Ziya Tong for this one-hour special, an electric mix of  awe-inspiring live experiments, familiar and famous faces, "best of" and funniest moments retrospectives… and even a song or two with Ingram's band! Taped with a live audience of friends, family and fans at Toronto's landmark Masonic Temple, the one-hour special will include taped "shout outs" from some of the most recognizable faces in Canada, and contributions from DAILY PLANET viewers sharing tributes expressing how Ingram has inspired them, changed their thinking, or had an impact on their lives.

With more than 3,000 episodes across 16 seasons, Ingram faces a monumental task of identifying his "Top 5 Favourite Moments" at the helm of DAILY PLANET. Will the "Corn Starch" incident make the cut?  Or live shuttle launches?  And how do you bid farewell to such an esteemed and renowned co-host and mentor? Tong will take a moment to express her admiration for Ingram and share her unique perspective of what it has been like to work along side a Canadian icon.

* MEDIA NOTE: DAILY PLANET: JAY'S LAST SHOW is being taped with a live audience on Sunday, May 29 at the historic Masonic Temple in Toronto.  Media interested in attending, please contact Jodi Cook or Noah Zatzman.

To view the complete release, including background on Ingram, go to bellmediapr.ca/discovery.

SOURCE Discovery Channel

For further information:

Jodi Cook, Discovery Channel, 416.384.4603 or jodi.cook@bellmedia.ca
Noah Zatzman, Discovery Channel, 416.384.5903 or noah.zatzman@bellmedia.ca

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