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17 Oct

Master Control: The Last Line of Defense

David Matias and the Shark Week MascotIt all comes down to me. My eyes and my ears. I don't just watch and listen — I monitor. My name is David Matias and I am a Master Control Operator.

Every day I stay focused on maintaining and ensuring quality control and accuracy of the all of the scheduled programming that originates from our facility and is transmitted to tens of millions of televisions across America.  It's the last chance to spot any mistakes before the viewers at home tune in to enjoy their favorite shows. If it sounds like a lot is on the line — it is.  Millions of dollars and hundreds of peoples hard work and the reputation of a global media leader are at stake.

Do I do this alone? No way. In addition to the broadcast technology that makes the job as I perform it possible; there is a great team of master control operators, QC/encode technicians, engineers, media management, supervisors and managers coordinating on a daily basis to make things happen here at the Discovery Television and Technology Center. We're not perfect 100% of the time, but we are perfect on-air 99.99729% of the time. That's a fact Jack, you can take that to the bank.

MCOcore_20 I'm proud of the work that we do here at the broadcast end and I'm happy when it's in service of programming that I admire like the programs on Science. I especially enjoy shows about understanding our universe as well as those about understanding our human minds and bodies. One show that covers all this and more is of course "Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman".

Everything from "nothing" to the possibility of time travel and the nature of evil has been explored in this program is a seriously thought-provoking and thoroughly fascinating way with illuminating insights from experts and the "voice of God" narrating. It doesn't get any better than that.

On Friday, October 26 from 8-11PM, Master Control Takes Control of Science Channel! Go to and vote for your favorite show before voting closes this Sunday the 21st.

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