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July 28, 2020

Sky Arts goes free to air from September 2020

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Sky Arts is to become a free channel in the UK accessible via Freeview from September with new shows launching in their schedule.

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The premium channel Sky Arts is to become free to air in the UK from September. Launching on Freeview with a mission to bring "more arts to the people" the channel hopes to replace BBC Four which has seen diminished arts coverage.

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.

“That’s why we’re throwing open the doors to make Sky Arts a free channel. During lockdown we’ve seen audiences to the channel increase by 50% and our weekly live paint-along show, Portrait Artist Of The Week, reached 4.6 million people with over 20,000 portraits painted.”

“As a free to air channel I hope that Sky Arts can help arts organisations and cultural institutions of all shapes and sizes across the UK, providing them with a platform to create and showcase their work to a broad audience.”

Part of this commitment will see Sky Arts launch bursaries worth £30,000 each creating a mentoring initiative where leading figures from the arts world will be paired with diverse and emerging new artists.

New programming will include a documentary where Danny Dyer explores the life and work of Harold Pinter, No Masks written by Nadia Fall and Rebecca Lenkiewicz in partnership with Theatre Royal Stratford East based on testimonies of London key workers during the pandemic.

Sky Arts are also to film the English National Opera's Drive and Live performance of La Boheme which will be presented at Alexandra Palace in September.

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ABOUT BRITISHTHEATRE

BritishTheatre.com
Opening Night Media Ltd
3rd Floor, 80 St. Martin’s Lane
Covent Garden
London WC2N 4AA

The British Theatre website has been established to celebrate the rich and diverse theatrical culture of the United Kingdom.  Our ethos revolves around encouraging and nurturing the performing arts in all its forms. The spirit of theatre is very much alive and the British Theatre website is at the forefront of delivering news and information to audiences and enthusiasts everywhere. Our team of theatre journalists and reviewers are working hard to cover productions and news.


We are constantly developing the site and are always open to receiving feedback from our readers. Join our mailing list to be kept informed of all the latest news that is of interest to you..