July 8, 2008
NEW YORK - Ted Koppel knows that persuading television viewers to tune into a four-part documentary about China's economic growth could be a difficult sell. So in the days leading to the broadcast of his latest Discovery Channel program, the veteran newsman took a drastic step to gin up interest: He brought his daughter's dog onto The Daily Show and suggested that the network might send Pepper to "Bideawee Farm" if the series doesn't get good ratings. All kidding aside, Koppel feels a particular sense of urgency about The People's Republic of Capitalism, which premieres tomorrow.
February 27, 2000
NEW YORK -- John Hendricks, the 47-year-old founder of the Discovery Channel, walks briskly toward the Rose Room at the Plaza Hotel, where he will unveil his bid for a piece of the Internet. For months this soft-spoken chief executive with the schoolboy haircut has been possessed by the idea. For years he has rehearsed for the questions he's about to be asked. Now, he checks to be sure someone has made handouts of his slide show. They explain why his Maryland-based cable programming giant intends to invest $500 million in a medium seemingly foreign to television documentaries.
March 19, 2000
While the Discovery Channel has been busy thawing out woolly mammoths from frozen tundra this winter, it's become what you might call hot stuff itself elsewhere on the TV and radio dial. Recent network TV shows and a heavily played pop single by the Philadelphia-based Bloodhound Gang have celebrated the more prurient side of those Discovery nature shows: the mating sequences. For instance, in Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch," radio listeners and MTV viewers hear front-man Jimmy Pop's deadpan monotone croon this refrain over and over: "You and me baby ain't nothin' but mammals.
August 28, 2009
Discovery Communications, which operates such cable channels as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, may be working on its own e-book reader, according to a U.S. patent application made public Thursday. The diagrams included with Discovery's patent application, which was filed in February, depict a rectangular device with physical controls for user navigation. The device would be for reading e-books and "providing for e-commerce," and would be a direct competitor to the Amazon Kindle electronic book reader and the Sony Reader digital book reader.
September 12, 1999
The discovery of a pipe bomb led to the evacuation of more than 40 trailers in a mobile home park in Edgewood yesterday afternoon, state police reported.Gary Capello told police he discovered a plastic garbage bag containing the homemade explosive device while mowing his lawn at the Bauers Mobile Home Park about 3 p.m., authorities said.State police bomb technicians defused it shortly before 6 p.m., and the residents were allowed to return. The incident remained under investigation last night.
July 21, 2005
NEW YORK - Owning Liberty Media Corp. has always been about owning a piece of John C. Malone. As a leading cable TV mogul, the cunning and charismatic Malone can usually be expected to do something daring - and profitable. But for the past four years, Liberty Media's chairman, chief executive and all-around guru has been unable to move his stock much above the low double-digits. It touched $25 before the Internet bubble burst in March 2000. So today, Malone will try to do what many media owners are trying to do these days: "unlock" value from his holdings, by spinning off Liberty's 50 percent stake in Discovery Communications Inc., the Silver Spring, Md. company that is one of the world's most treasured cable-TV properties.