Anglers will be seeing far more fishing programmes on television, we can exclusively reveal this week. The news comes following the announcement of a new Discovery channel called Shed TV which is targeted at mainly male audiences and will feature a diverse range of angling programmes, as well as other so-called ‘manly’ pastimes like DIY, bikes and cars.
In addition to a brand new series from John Wilson, as revealed last week in AT, the channel, which goes live on March 20, will feature new programmes from Bob Nudd, John Bailey, fishing adventurer Cyril Chauquet and world casting champion Hywell Morgan.
Bob Nudd’s new offering, called The Right Angle, will see the former world champion fishing for everything from carp and F1s from commercials, to barbel from the River Severn. Meanwhile, flyfishing fanatic John Bailey will be using his favourite method to target a range of species, including barbel, chub, bream and even bass.
And that’s not all - Matt Hayes fans will also be catered for, with a new series profiling his greatest ever catches set to begin in a little over two weeks’ time on Shed TV.
The schedule could also feature the return of Angling Times TV, which was once a feature on the Discovery channel.
“This is an exciting development for both fishing and Angling Times,” said editor Richard Lee.
“It’s fantastic that Discovery has once again thrown its support behind fishing, recognising how important anglers are to its viewing figures. But, in the long term, it’s crucial the sport makes great television programmes which encourage current anglers and newcomers to get out there and enjoy the fantastic experiences that angling can offer,” he added.
All the presenters we spoke to are extremely excited about the new channel and the prospects of making more in the near future, none more so than Bob Nudd.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making the new series and, hopefully, once the shows have proved popular, Discovery will then commission even more new angling programmes - I know I’d like to make more,” said Bob.
Matt Hayes’ Greatest Catches - Friday, March 20 at 9pm Bob Nudd’s Right Angle - Friday, March 20 at 10pm On The Fly, with John Bailey - aired in May Fly Fishing Master Class, with Hywell Morgan - aired autumn of 2009 John Wilson’s Fishing World - late 2009