Ziya Tong Joins Jay Ingram As Co-Host of DAILY PLANET


    TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - DAILY PLANET Executive Producer, Jeff MacDonald,
announced today that Gemini Award-winner Ziya Tong has joined Jay Ingram as
co-host of Discovery Channel's DAILY PLANET. With DAILY PLANET enjoying a 14%
year-over-year upswing in Adult 25-54 viewership during the Monday to Friday
at 7 p.m. timeslot, Ziya enthusiastically steps into the co-pilot seat in what
is proving to be one of DAILY PLANET's most successful seasons. DAILY PLANET
airs weekdays at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel.
    "Ziya's passion for all things science and television is apparent the
moment you meet her or see her on the show," said MacDonald. "From her
contributions to the acclaimed PBS show NOVA and Wired magazine to her past
role as host of ZED, Ziya brings us a wealth of experience and an infectious
enthusiasm for DAILY PLANET!"

    For images and more information, please visit ctvmedia.ca/Discovery.

    During what was intended to be a temporary six-week assignment, Ziya's
impact on the show and her chemistry with Jay was immediate. DAILY PLANET
experienced a 34% increase in A25-54 viewership during December, 2008 in the
Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. timeslot compared to December, 2007. In addition,
Discoverychannel.ca received overwhelming viewer feedback about Ziya,
confirming that the partnership of Ziya and Jay resonates with the DAILY
PLANET audience.
    In the coming months, DAILY PLANET will feature special themed weeks such
as Speed Week and viewer favourite, Green Week. In addition, DAILY PLANET will
celebrate its landmark 3,000th episode.

    DAILY PLANET is the internationally award-winning flagship show of
Discovery Channel Canada. Now in its 14th season, DAILY PLANET is the first
nightly prime-time science magazine show in the world and has grown in the
last decade to become a powerhouse of science and technology broadcasting
internationally. From the lab to the living room, DAILY PLANET brings the
world of science not only to Canada, but to millions of viewers worldwide.
Visit DAILY PLANET on Canada's online network at

    Source: BBM-NMR, BYTD08/09 (9/1/08-12/28/08) vs. BYTD07/08
    (8/27/07-12/30/07), December 2008 (12/1/08-12/28/08) vs. December 2007
    (11/26/07-12/30/07), Daily Planet Monday-Friday 7pm-8pm, A25-54 AMA

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Fell Delamere, Discovery Channel, (416)
384-4603, carolyn.fell@discovery.ca

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