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Daily Planet (TV series)

Daily Planet
Also known as (1995-2002)
Starring Dan Riskin (2011–present)
Ziya Tong (2008–present)
Jay Ingram (1995–2011)
Judy Halliday (1995–1996)
Gill Deacon (1996–2002)
Natasha Stillwell (2002–2007)
Kim Jagtiani (2007–2008)
Country of origin Canada
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel Discovery Channel Canada
Original release January 1, 1995 – present
External links

Daily Planet is a television program on Discovery Channel Canada which features daily news, discussion and commentary on the scientific aspects of current events and discoveries. The show first aired as in 1995. It was renamed to Daily Planet in 2002. The show relaunched in high definition in 2011.

As of June 2012, the hosts are Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin. Daily Planet airs on Discovery Channel Canada, Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.EST (Monday through Friday at 4 p.m.PST) as of September 4, 2012.[1]


  • History 1
    • Set design 1.1
  • Foreign versions 2
  • Current programming segments 3
    • Former programming segments 3.1
  • Daily Planet Goes specials 4
  • Daily Planet special episodes 5
  • Hosts 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Daily Planet first aired on January 1, 1995, the same day as the premiere of Discovery Channel Canada, under the name, it was an hour-long daily news magazine with a science news segment and several feature segments. During this era, the show aired for the fall/winter season. The summer season aired the variant show, with the daily science news segment, and repeats of feature segments from the fall/winter season in a half-hour format.[2][3] On September 30, 2002, it was relaunched as Daily Planet, adopting a "science magazine" programming format.

Jay Ingram, who hosted the show since Discovery Channel Canada's inception, announced his retirement on May 16, 2011.[4] Daily Planet: Jay's Last Show aired on Sunday, June 5, 2011, which paid tribute to the host with flashbacks and guest segments.[5]

Previous co-hosts include Gill Deacon (1996-2002), Natasha Stillwell, who left the show on February 2, 2007,[6] temporary co-host Patty Kim, and Kim Jagtiani, who left in September 2008.

Set design

During the summer of 2002, the set was completely remade for the name change from to Daily Planet. 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. During the summer of 2011 the set was rebuilt to accommodate the relaunch of the show in high definition on August 29, 2011.

Foreign versions

Co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin on location in Northern Ireland during the opening of Titanic Belfast, April 2012

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.

Current programming segments

  • MindBender – A weekly contest where the viewers are asked five science-based questions. Viewers who submit the correct answers online are entered into a draw for a digital camera or movie passes. From the 2002–2003 season to the 2008–2009 season, there were only 3 questions, with a warm-up question before the contest.
  • Discoveries – Daily recap of science and technology headlines from around the world. (Known as Planet Now in the 2009–2010 season)
  • 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 varying topic.
  • Ziyology – Host Ziya Tong interviews scientists and researchers about their work.
  • Alan Nursall Experience – Alan Nursall explores the physics behind everyday objects and events. Some segments consist of public demonstrations of physics experiments with help from bystanders.
  • Future Tech – Featuring Lucas Cochran as the tech correspondent reviewing upcoming tech, gaming and social media.
  • Riskin's Business – Host Dan Riskin conducts experiments to learn how the world works and invites the audience to participate.[7]

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.
  • Kate's Page - (1995-1996) "" segment features Kathryn Holloway discussing the Internet and web sites using blue-screen technology
  • 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 the 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.
  • Going for Green (Fall 2009) – A ten-part series showcasing some of the green technology in use at 2010 Winter Olympics venues.
  • Jay's Journal – Jay Ingram's editorial column, discussing implications of information in science news.

Daily Planet Goes specials

A full-hour, multi-episode series, where show hosts go to different places for the episodes.

  • Daily Planet Goes To Japan (2005)[8]
  • Daily Planet Goes To China (2006)
  • Daily Planet Goes To India (2008)[9]
  • Daily Planet Goes North (2008) [10]
  • Daily Planet Goes To Australia (2008)[11][12]
  • Daily Planet Goes Green (2008)[13]
  • Daily Planet Goes To Burning Man (2008)[14]
  • Daily Planet Goes To Alberta (2008)
  • Daily Planet Goes To Vancouver (2010)
  • Daily Planet: Titanic Under the Microscope (2012)

Daily Planet special episodes

  • Daily Planet Green Week (April 2009)
  • Daily Planet Greatest Show Ever (June 2010)
  • Daily Planet: Jay's Last Show (June 2011)[15]
  • Fire in the Sky: A Daily Planet Special (February 17, 2013)[16]



  1. ^ Dicsovery Channel Canada Schedule
  2. ^ Toronto Star, "Descent to the Titanic", 16 August 1998
  3. ^ The Spectator, "Just watching this will make you more fit", 26 August 1996
  4. ^ "Leaving With a Bang! As He Steps Down from Nightly Co-Hosting Duties, Discovery Channel Celebrates Jay Ingram with New Special, DAILY PLANET: JAY’S LAST SHOW, June 5". (Press release). 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Jay's Last Show". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Daily Planet's Natasha Stillwell to Return to the U.K.". (Press release). 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  7. ^ Riskin's Business
  8. ^ "Bell Media Site – Discovery Channel". 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  9. ^ " – Daily Planet Goes To India starts May 28". 2007-05-22. Archived from the original on 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  10. ^ " – Join us for a look at the science of a changing Arctic". 2007-10-25. Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Discovery HD Announces its fall 2007 programming highlights". Channel Canada. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ " – Expedition Green Homepage". 2008-07-12. Archived from the original on 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  14. ^ "Bell Media Site – Discovery Channel". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  15. ^ "Jay's Last Show". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  16. ^ "Daily Planet – Fire in the Sky: A Daily Planet Special". Retrieved 2013-04-07. 

External links

  • Daily Planet home page
  • websiteDiscoveries This Week
  • Exploration Production Inc. home page
  • Daily Planet at
  • Daily Planet: Jay's last show
  • Future Tech segments list
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