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Who will gain from the BBC's UKTV purchase?

W show Emma Willis: Delivering Babies (Credit: UKTV)

Contestants on UKTV channel Dave’s hit show Taskmaster have to think laterally and creatively as a series of challenges are thrown at them. Much like the BBC had to in 2017 when Discovery’s acquisition of UKTV’s co-owner Scripps triggered a clause that gave BBC Studios the option to buy out Discovery. The problem was that it lacked the cash to do so.

New Discovery film explores the threat of mosquitos

The film will focus on the deadly insect responsible for the widespread nature of illnesses such as Zika, malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever and dengue, and the cause of more than 750,000 deaths a year: the mosquito.

MOSQUITO will investigate the dangerous and unpredictable nature of the small insect, and will look at how global travel, trade and climate change have made the expansion of these outbreaks and spreading of disease easier.

Discovery commissions Ed Stafford survival series Left For Dead

Ed Stafford: Left For Dead is the latest survival show from explorer and presenter Ed Stafford.

The new series, which will premiere this autumn, sees Stafford battling extreme environments around the world - think subtropical forests, dry deserts and uninhabited mountains.

Stafford has quite literally been dropped in the wilderness with a camera and no survival kit and has just 10 days to reach human civilisation. With nothing but his wit and will about him, he must rely solely on his survival instincts.

Eurosport's Jonathan Edwards discusses doping scandals, keeping fit and the Giro d'Italia

Jonathan Edwards in St Moritz (Credit: Eurosport)

Edwards, who set the triple jump world record in 1995 with a distance of 18.29 metres, says “it doesn’t seem right or fair” that his astonishing feat should be erased from the record books.

Away from athletics, Edwards has been preparing for his next major career move, as he takes on hosting duties for Eurosport’s live cycling coverage, part of the broadcaster’s exclusive deal for him to be its lead presenter for flagship sports programming.

Discovery hunts for Pablo Escobar's lost fortune

Escobar's Millions (working title) will document former CIA case officers Doug and Ben as they search for the alleged hidden treasure of the notorious drug lord using their combined elite skillset.

The investigators will benefit from never-before-granted access and Colombian government support, as well as the latest advancement in GPR (ground-penetrating radar).

Eurosport and NowThis announce social content production partnership

The new creative collaboration will focus on the production and co-distribution of sports related social media content.

NowThis Sports is set to take an entertaining and emotional look at the stories behind the athletes rather than focusing on the games highlights.

Eurosport will give NowThis access to its vast sport content archive and will be the initial European media partner and advertising sales team in the launch of NowThis Sports, set to launch in May.

The naked adventurer: survival expert Ed Stafford takes on TV

Ed Stafford is more than an adventurer. The first man to walk the length of the Amazon is also a film-maker of some repute. At an RTS Futures event, he presented a self-shooting masterclass illustrated by clips from his survival programmes.

In 2008, equipped with cameras from Ginger TV (the company that hired him), Stafford set out from the Peruvian Andes to begin a 9,700km quest to walk the Amazon.

Ed Stafford: self-shooting masterclass

In 2008, equipped with cameras from Ginger TV, Stafford left the Peruvian Andes to begin a 6,000-mile quest to walk the Amazon. Two and a half years later he reached the mouth of the river and, despite receiving just “half a day’s filming training on Streatham Common” before he started, Stafford had enough footage for a two-part series, Walking the Amazon, which was shown on Channel 5 and Discovery in 2011.