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NEW TV CONTEST’S PRIZE: TRIP TO SPACE — BUT WHAT’S THE CONTEST?

October 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Leaving a lot of questions in the stratosphere NBC said on Thursday that it is bringing Virgin’s Richard Branson together with reality-TV producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor) to produce a show in which contestants can win a flight on Virgin Galactic to space. While several TV critics observed that such a series could give Branson’s civilian space venture some powerful publicity, others wondered just how it could be pulled off. What sort of contest would be conducted? When would the Space Flight occur? Would the contest take shape in flight? How much was NBC forking over for the flight? In a statement, Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late-night programming for NBC said rather breathlessly, “The scope of this endeavor is so staggering, that it took these two titans to even imagine it. … The term ‘trip of a lifetime’ has for once been delivered on! This will be a remarkable experience for anyone who has looked at the night’s sky and dared to dream of Space Flight.”