NBC will be the first television channel that will televise its private space flight. NBC has signed a deal with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to send a flight in space. NBC will televise this first commercial space flight and show its launch in a three-hour special “Today” show.
Virgin Galactic will send its SpaceShipTwo into space for NBC. The flight will leave from New Mexico terminal of company next year. Branson will travel into this space flight himself along with his two children, Holly and Sam.
“Virgin Galactic is thrilled that NBCUniversal will join us on our exciting first journey to space,” said Sir Richard. “In this first chapter of commercial space travel, we will help make space accessible and inspire countless more people to join us in the pursuit of space exploration and science innovation.”
This flight programming will not only be shown on NBC but also on company’s other outlets, including The Weather Channel, CNBC, SyFy and MSNBC. NBC’s Peacock Productions unit will provide space flight programming to these sub channels.
“Without a doubt, Sir Richard and his children taking the first commercial flight into space will go down in history as one of the most memorable events on television,” said Sharon Scott, President and General Manager, Peacock Productions. “Through NBCUniversal’s multiple platforms and overseas network partners, viewers from around the world will get to experience this where were you moment; we’re extremely honored to chronicle Sir Richard’s journey and live launch into space.”
Source: Time Entertainment