DISCOVERY NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONS IN-DEPTH ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FLIGHT 370: THE MISSING LINKS

Documentary investigates disappearance of Malaysia Airlines aircraft

(London, United Kingdom) Discovery Networks International today announces the commission of a special one-hour documentary – FLIGHT 370: THE MISSING LINKS – which gathers the foremost thinkers in aviation and security to explore key questions surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The mystery of flight MH370 has garnered worldwide attention and generated widespread speculation about how the events unfolded. FLIGHT 370: THE MISSING LINKS looks to industry experts to account for just how it is possible to lose track of an airliner – analysing evidence, deliberating the global frailties of aviation and divulging potential solutions to prevent the disappearance of an aircraft from ever happening again

In an age when we can use apps to locate handheld devices, the special also looks at how a state-of-the-art airliner and its 239 passengers and crew can simply vanish. Since flight MH370 went off the grid on 8th March 2014, questions about flight safety have once again taken centre stage. In an attempt to answer some of these questions, FLIGHT 370: THE MISSING LINKS addresses seven missing links: airport security, air traffic control, on-board communication systems, mechanical failure, tracking – both radar and satellite, international cooperation and the black box.

FLIGHT 370: THE MISSING LINKS is produced by ITN Productions and will air in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide on Discovery Channel from early April.

Tom Gorham, Executive Producer for Discovery Networks International, comments: “The mystery of flight MH370 serves as a tragic reminder that technology is indeed fallible.  With the help of seasoned aviation, tracking and satellite industry experts, FLIGHT 370: THE MISSING LINKSexplores the events which have unfolded, focusing on just how this could have happened, and examining the inherent flaws in the eco-system of modern international travel.”

Emma Read, Head of Factual and Features, ITN Productions, adds: “The disappearance of flight MH370 challenges everything we know about modern aviation technology. This documentary reveals what every passenger should know and the technology being developed now to protect us in the future.”

FLIGHT 370: THE MISSING LINKS is commissioned by Elizabeth McIntyre for Discovery Networks International, and executive produced by Tom Gorham for Discovery Networks International and Emma Read for ITN Productions.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. Discovery Networks International distributes 46 international brands via 245 localized feeds, with programming available in 45 languages. For more information please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About ITN Productions

ITN Productions creates multi-platform content for major global brands on broadcast, digital and corporate production. Clients that commission award-winning programmes from ITN Productions include major UK and international broadcasters such as ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, History and Discovery, with television commissions including The Agenda on ITV, Harrow – A Very British School on Sky1, Climbing Great Buildings on BBC2, Mud Men on History and a contract to produce Dispatches for Channel 4. Entertainment content made by ITN Productions includes FYI Daily on ITV2, The Breakfast Fix on 4Music, entertainment bulletins on 5* and 5USA, The Showbiz 411 on YouTube. ITN Productions also creates news content for a wide range of clients such as, MSN, Virgin Media, Telegraph Media Group, The Independent, Metro, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Star, and the Illiffe and MNA publishing groups. ITN News is on Facebook, is the most viewed news channel on YouTube and produces the citizen journalism channel Truthloader. In sport, ITN Productions produces Barclays Premier League in-game clips and highlights for News UK as well as content for SNTV. Corporate clients working with ITN Productions to create content include Proctor & Gamble, Department of Health and Virgin Active. For more information visit www.itnproductions.co.uk.