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Entertainment Sky Arts to become free-to-air in UK from September

15:06  28 july  2020
15:06  28 july  2020 Source:   whathifi.com

Sky Arts to become a free to air channel in UK from September

  Sky Arts to become a free to air channel in UK from September Sky Arts programming will be available on Freeview, including performances from Ed Sheeran and U2, to Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Cats. Need more examples of Sky Arts programming? Try these: Brian Johnson meets Dave Grohl (the AC/DC frontman hangs out and chats at the Foo Fighters' studio in Los Angeles), Goldie: The Art That Made Me (renowned musician Goldie goes on a personal and passionate journey into the world of graffiti and street art) and Danny Dyer on Pinter, which sees Dyer explore the life and works of Harold Pinter and tell the story of their unlikely friendship. Bravo.

Comcast-owned Sky has confirmed that Sky Arts , its premium arts channel, is to become a free - to - air network in the UK from September . Sky Arts director Philip Edgar-Jones said: “There’s never been a stronger need or demand for the arts , nor a more important time to champion and celebrate creativity.

The arts and culture channel also announced a raft of new programmes.

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Sky Arts, the UK’s only channel dedicated to arts and culture, is to be made free for everyone in the UK from September.

At a time when we cannot go to live performances, the decision to make Sky Arts free-to-air is, says Sky, a move to support and champion the arts at a vital time for the cultural sector – putting artists, creatives, and public participation centre stage on a channel that everyone across the UK can watch on Freeview.

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Sky Arts is set to go free - to - air to the whole country from September , as cultural venues stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and after Sky Arts will be broadcast on Freeview with no charge from this September . Broadcaster plots new shows including between Dave Grohl and Brian Johnson.

Director Philip Edgar-Jones says channel’s mission is to ‘champion and celebrate creativity’.

The move, which marks the first time Sky Arts has become a free channel, is also set to include a new slate of original programmes and deepened partnerships with artists and arts organisations, providing them with a platform to create and showcase their work. And to support new talent, the channel will launch a series of bursaries, worth £30,000 each, that will see leading figures from the arts support and mentor diverse and emerging new artists.

Stephen van Rooyen, EVP and chief executive officer at Sky UK said, "As a creative business, we believe it’s important to have a thriving cultural sector. By making Sky Arts free for everyone we want to give more artists and arts organisations a platform to create and share their work and to bring more art and culture to everyone across the UK."

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Comcast-owned Sky has confirmed that Sky Arts , its premium arts channel, is to become a free - to - air network in the UK from September . As part of the free - to - air plans, Sky Arts has confirmed a raft of new shows, including Brian Johnson Meets Dave Grohl, a Somethin’ Else documentary in which the

Following a similar strategy to their sports output, the broadcaster plans to make Sky Arts available to all - a Now it has been announced that Sky Arts will be completely free - to - air from September . Publicity material describes Sky Arts as the “ UK ’s only channel dedicated to arts and culture”, a

While the Sky Arts linear channel will be made free for everyone, the extensive Sky Arts On Demand library of arts content, with more than 2000 thousand hours of shows, will remain exclusive to Sky and Now TV Entertainment Pass customers.

Becoming a free channel means the existing slate of Sky Arts programming will be available for everyone to watch for the first time, including popular series such as Portrait Artist of The Year, Landscape Artist of The Year, Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks, Treasures of the British Library, The South Bank Show, Urban Myths and countless documentaries and performances, from Kylie, Ed Sheeran and U2, to Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Cats.

Need more examples of Sky Arts programming? Try these: Brian Johnson meets Dave Grohl (the AC/DC frontman hangs out and chats at the Foo Fighters' studio in Los Angeles), Goldie: The Art That Made Me (renowned musician Goldie goes on a personal and passionate journey into the world of graffiti and street art) and Danny Dyer on Pinter, which sees Dyer explore the life and works of Harold Pinter and tell the story of their unlikely friendship. Bravo.

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