Discovery Cancels Everest Jump Live

After a tragic avalanche killed at least 13 people Friday, the Discovery Channel has cancelled the live broadcast of Everest Jump Live, scheduled for May 11.

The network had planned to air daredevil Joby Ogwyn’s attempt at the first wing-suit flight off the top of Mount Everest. The primetime event will no longer take place.

The Discovery Channel released a statement Sunday saying, “In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”

Discovery Channel is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Discovery Special: Wing-Suit Flight off Everest

If you tuned in to Nik Wallenda’s 2013 live tightrope walk over the Grand Canyon, you were in good company. The special garnered about 13 million viewers for Discovery.

The network has a similar live event scheduled for some time yet to be announced in May. This time Discovery viewers will be invited to watch Joby Ogwyn attempt the first wing-suit flight off the top of Mount Everest.

In addition to wing-suit piloting, Ogwyn, an American who splits his time between California and Italy, is a world-renowned alpinist and BASE jumper.

Discovery Channel is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.