MEDIA: New Scientist teams up with Discovery

New Scientist magazine and Discovery Channel are launching a series of short weekly science news bulletins, the first of which is to be broadcast on Discovery next week.

The five-minute bulletins will include reports on new technology, issues arising from scientific research and a round-up of the week's science news.

New Scientist deputy editor David Concar and Discovery commissioning editor Emma Reed will be in charge of the bulletin's editorial content.

Each news item will be around two minutes long and will typically deal with a development that is pegged to the week's current events.

Concar said New Scientist would retain a significant amount of editorial control. But he conceded that the nature of the bulletins and the medium of TV would mean that the programme carried different content from the magazine. 'This is a very different medium and we have to accept that there will be some stories that don't work on TV,' said Concar.

The bulletins start on 9 September and will be broadcast twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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