MBARI to host live deep-sea TV program
MOSS LANDING, California—Millons of viewers in the United
Kingdom are expected to tune in to the British Broadcasting Corporation’s
live television show hosted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute (MBARI) on Sunday, September 29, 2002. Tracking
MBARI’s remotely operated vehicle Tiburon as it dives more than a
mile deep in Monterey Canyon, The
Abyss—Live will broadcast live images and commentary on BBC
Television’s primary channel BBC ONE and on the BBCi website.
Viewers in the United States can see the live broadcast via the web on the
29th and a taped PBS Nature television
feature scheduled for October 27.
Following the success of the BBC’s Blue
Planet series in 2000, executive producer Alastair Fothergill
planned The Abyss-Live as a true adventure, where the ending is not
known, and anything can happen. Part of his inspiration came from watching
Monterey Canyon program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a daily show
that features live video from MBARI ships and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs),
interpreted by aquarium experts.
chose MBARI to host the live program because of our unique location,
ROV operational experience, and high-tech ship-to-shore video
capabilities. Within an hour of leaving the dock, MBARI’s ships can be
steaming over Monterey
Canyon in water more than a mile deep. For 15 years, MBARI scientists
and ROV pilots have probed the depths of this canyon, gaining experience
and scientific knowledge that will prove invaluable during the BBC
BBC’s expedition with ROV Tiburon
will be one of three deep-water dives broadcast during the program.
Footage from pre-recorded dives on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the Cayman
Wall will be interspersed with the live video from Tiburon in
Monterey Bay. MBARI midwater ecologist Dr. Bruce Robison will lead the
scientific exploration on the ship where program host Peter Snow of the
BBC and U.S. presenter Mike DeGruy comment on the live action. Dr. George
Matsumoto of MBARI and Dr. Randy Kochevar of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
will be on hand during the broadcast to answer questions from viewers.
The live program can be seen on the
website on Sunday, September 29, from 7:00 am until noon
Pacific Time. A taped highlights program for PBS
Nature, currently titled "Dive into the Abyss," is scheduled
to broadcast on Sunday, October 27.
MBARI contact: Debbie Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org,
BBC Natural History Unit: Gail McKenzie, 44 (117) 974-2231, email@example.com