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Since 1st March, 1999
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TV team for Everest

New Delhi, Jan. 21: Competition among television channels is set to take the couch potato to the depths of oceans and forbidden heights.

The Indian Army has roped in a team from the National Geographic Channel to accompany its expedition to Mount Everest. Army sources said the team — comprising 17 climbers and 12 others as back-up — will also take along with it about four mountaineers from NGC. The sources said NGC jumped at the request from the army that the expedition be filmed. NGC has also seen in the proposal an opportunity to cash in and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s scaling of the Everest summit.

An army spokesman said the team was currently in Garhwal for “winter training”. It will leave for the Everest on March 3. The NGC team has been given permission to accompany the mountaineers from the Army Adventure Wing upto the base camp near Khumbhu in Nepal.

Discovery Channel, on the other hand, has announced that it will begin telecasting its co-production with BBC, The Blue Planet from Thursday, January 23.

The documentary will be telecast in episodes spread over 10 weeks.

Deepak Shourie, managing director, Discovery, said 'The Blue Planet' took five years and cost 7 million pounds.

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