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Daily Planet
Also known as (1995-2002)
Starring Jay Ingram
Ziya Tong
Judy Halliday
Gill Deacon
Natasha Stillwell
Kim Jagtiani
Country of origin Canada
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel Discovery Channel Canada
Original run January 1, 1995 – present
External links
Official website

Daily Planet is a television program on Discovery Channel Canada, CTV and A which features daily news, discussion and commentary on the scientific aspects of current events. It first aired on January 1, 1995, the same day as the premiere of Discovery Channel Canada, under the name On September 30, 2002, it was relaunched as Daily Planet, adopting a "science magazine" programming format.

During the summer of 2006, the set of Daily Planet was completely made over. On the season premiere in September, the end of the show was about the rebuilding of the set.

The hosts of Daily Planet are currently Jay Ingram, who has hosted since Discovery Channel Canada's inception, and Ziya Tong. Previous co-hosts include Natasha Stillwell who left the show on February 2, 2007, temporary co-host Patty Kim, and Kim Jagtiani who left in September 2008.

An American version of the series, Science Daily, which was based in Washington, DC, aired on the Discovery-owned digital channel The Science Channel (then branded Discovery Science Channel) from 2000-2001, during the era. Patty Kim hosted from Washington, DC. A weekly version called Discoveries This Week, hosted by Dan Duran, aired on that channel until 2006. The Science Channel more recently simulcasted a live Daily Planet special called Mars: The Phoenix Lands in HD on May 25, 2008.

International versions of Daily Planet are also produced for Discovery Channel Latin America and Discovery Channel Asia.


Programming segments

  • Jay's Journal – Jay Ingram's editorial column, discussing implications of information in science news.
  • Mindbender – A weekly contest where the viewers are asked five science-based questions. Viewers who submit the correct answers online can win a jacket or a backpack. During the 2005-2006 season, there were only 3 questions, with a warm-up question before the contest.
  • Planet Now - Daily recap of science and technology headlines from around the world.
  • Weird Planet - Showcasing an unusual scientific discovery or piece of technology.
  • Planet You - Highlighting technology headlines and showing user-generated images and videos.
  • Super Slo-Mo Tuesday - A slow motion video of animal movement.
  • Ziyology - Host Ziya Tong interviews scientists and researchers about their work.
  • Alan Nursall Experience - Allan Nursall explores the physics behind everyday objects and events. Some segments consist of public demonstrations of physics experiments with help from bystanders.
  • Going for Green (Fall 2009) - A ten-part series showcasing some of the green technology in use at 2010 Winter Olympics venues.

Former programming segments

  • Behind the Scenes – Natasha Stillwell goes to commercial/industrial facilities to explain the workings of everyday items/service, similar to How It's Made.
  • Joe's Chemistry Set (1995-2002) – Joe Schwarcz performs chemical experiments to explain chemical phenomena. It was eventually split into a 13-episode series named Science To Go.
  • Weird and Wonderful Science (?–2002) – Originally called 'Weird Science', it featured Richard Wassersug introducing strange scientific phenomena.
  • Built In Your Backyard – Segment for home-made inventions.
  • Fact of the Matter – Featuring various physicists to explain physical phenomena.
  • Shannon's Gadgets – Shannon Bentley rates science's latest techno offerings.
  • Starstruck – Ivan Semeniuk's weekly space column
  • You Asked For It – segment answering scientific questions from viewers. It was eventually turned into a separate half-hour show. In the Daily Planet era, it was relaunched in 2005-2006 season as 'Planet Q'.
  • Science And The City – Alan Nursall goes to public places to demonstrate physical phenomena by inviting public into performing experiments.

Daily Planet Goes specials

It is a series of full-hour, multi-episode series, where show hosts go to different places for the events.

  • Daily Planet Goes To Japan (2005)[1]
  • Daily Planet Goes To China (2006)
  • Daily Planet Goes To India (2008)[2]
  • Daily Planet Goes North (2008) [3]
  • Daily Planet Goes To Australia (2008)[4][5]
  • Daily Planet Goes Green (2008) [6]
  • Daily Planet Goes To Burning Man (2008) [7]
  • Daily Planet Goes To Alberta (2008)
  • Daily Planet Goes To Vancouver (2010)

Daily Planet Special Episodes

  • Daily Planet Green Week (April 2009)

List of hosts

External links


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