Discovery Channel says it scheduled Everest Jump Live to debut during the short window of opportunity dictated by weather on Everest. Everest Jump Live is set for Sunday, May 11 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. The 2-hour event, chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn‘s attempt to jump from the summit of Mt. Everest wearing a wing suit equipped with cameras, is produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions. NBC officially unveils its schedule to advertisers Monday morning.
NBC News’ Willie Geist will host the jump, and be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, who will serve as chief meteorologist and track Everest’s unpredictable weather conditions. Kyle Martino of NBC Sports and Chris Jacobs of Discovery and Velocity will deliver on-the-ground updates at Everest Base Camp, while Geist and Cantore will be based at a studio in New York City.
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Today co-host Willie Geist will host Discovery Channel‘s Everest Live Jump, the two-hour telecast in which climber Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wing-suit flight off the summit of Mt. Everest. That’s because the telecast is being produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions. Interestingly, Geist will also be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, who will serve as chief meteorologist and track Everest’s unpredictable weather conditions, while Chris Jacobs and Kyle Martino give live updates. The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion could use the exposure — the launch of his morning program AMHQ has produced ratings lower than that network’s prior four-week average in the time period. Discovery says the Mt. Everest jump will be telecast live in May. Read More »
I know, old news — but this time it comes directly from NBC and with a few new details. Beginning November 12, Willie Geist will become co-host for the 9 AM hour of Today, replacing Savannah Guthrie, who took over Ann Curry’s role as co-host for the earlier part of the infotainment show. He’ll still be a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and will have what the company calls “an expanded web presence” on his MSNBC.com video blog “Zeitgeist”, which he launched in 2007. NBC also says that Geist will contribute to NBC News shows and to the NBC Sports Group, including reports for the Olympics and NBC Sports Network. It’s widely believed that he’ll give up MSNBC’s Way Too Early With Willie Geist, but that’s not in this morning’s announcement. Geist “brings a solid news background with a keen sense of creativity and humor,” Today executive producer Jim Bell says. ”From politics to pop culture, Willie is a skilled and versatile reporter who will make a great addition at 9 AM and contribute to the entire broadcast.”
News about the move comes from anonymous sources who spoke to The New York Times‘ Brian Stelter, who’s writing a book about the morning newscasts. He says Willie Geist will serve as a backup to Matt Lauer on Today. But he’ll primarily be there to join Natalie Morales, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie for the third hour of the broadcast. As a result, Geist will give up his 5:30 AM ET MSNBC show Way Too Early With Willie Geist. And he’ll also have less time for Morning Joe, where the NYT says Geist has served as the show’s “straight man.” Geist’s contract was due to expire at the end of September. He’s the son of CBS News correspondent Bill Geist and is repped by WME.