DStv CULLS DISCOVERY'S ANIMAL PLANET

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross: 'We're done with fake documentaries; end of bisarre sensationalist shows like snakes eating people'.

While History (DStv 186) is set to continue littering its TV schedule with completely "un-history" like TV-trash like Ancient AliensThe Great Martian War and Duck Dynasty the new Discovery Channel (DStv 121) boss, Rich Ross, now promises that the Discovery Channel is done with fake documentaries and ending bisarre and sensational trash specials like Eaten Alive in which a man attempted to get an anaconda to swallow him.

"To me you don't have to be so sensational, and over-promise," Rich Ross told TV critics at the American TV Critics Association's annual TV tour for 2015 in Pasadena, Los Angeles.

"I don't believe you'll see a person being eaten by a snake in my time – I can't over-promise that, but that's how I feel today".

Speaking about fake documentaries and steering away from it from now on on Discovery Channel, Rich Ross said "I don't think it's something that's right for us".

It means that South African and African viewers will start to see less fake documentaries like Megaladon: The New Evidence and Mermaids when less of these bogus, hype-filled shows from the American version of Discovery Channel is funneled to African viewers.

"I don't think it's right for Discovery Channel, and think it's something that has run its course," said Rich Ross. "

Rich Ross plans to add more scripted shows for the Discovery Channel in the vein of Klondike, and on working closely with international partners.

Rich Ross plans to have at least two scripted drama series on the Discovery Channel by the end of 2015, but cautions that the ramp-up and roll-out of scripted series will be gradual. According to Rich Ross the emphasis of these scripted shows will mostly be historical drama - just like Klondike was.