Discovery readies five Everest pre-shows, sets jump date

Five nights of live programming from the Everest Base Camp beginning May 5 will precede U.S. net Discovery Channel's two-hour Everest Jump Live event, which has been slated for May 11.
April 14, 2014

Five nights of live programming from the Mount Everest base camp beginning May 5 will precede U.S. net Discovery Channel’s two-hour Everest Jump Live event, which has been slated for May 11.

The Everest: Live from Base Camp shows, which are weather-permitting, will kick off May 5 at 11 p.m. EST/PST, with a broadcast every evening, leading up to wingsuit jumper Joby Ogwyn’s leap off the summit of Mount Everest.

During each broadcast, hosts Kyle Martino of NBC Sports and TV personality Chris Jacobs – who will begin their climb to the base camp next week – will check in with Ogwyn for updates on his climb and also interview the medics, Sherpa guides and other climbers involved in the live event.

Second-screen strategies for the broadcasts involve opportunities for audiences to ask Ogwyn live questions in the lead-up to the jump, and tune in online for a live feed from the base camp, which will have cameras operating 24/7.

The Peacock Productions-made, two-hour jump event – hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore from a studio in New York, in addition to on-the-ground hosts Martino and Jacobs – will be broadcast May 11 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, weather permitting.

“These nightly live programs will give viewers a chance to see what it’s like to actually be at Everest Base Camp – not just for Joby, but for all those who contribute to Everest’s unique culture,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery, Science and Velocity Networks, in a statement.

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