Foxtel Arts to launch on 28 March

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 18 March 2015

A high definition (HD) arts channel is being added to Australian pay-TV platform Foxtel, the 50:50 joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Telstra.

Foxtel Arts launches on 28 March at 10am, with the full gamut of artistic endeavour from opera and ballet productions to theatre, music, dance and cabaret, plus documentaries and series on cinema, literature, music, visual art and artists.

"Foxtel Arts will be curated for a passionate arts audience and feature a dazzling array of performances across many art forms, together with compelling documentaries and entertainment programming. Drawn from an incredibly rich programming palette from the timeless to the contemporary Foxtel Arts will bring our subscribers extraordinary experiences in Australian arts and the best from around the world," said Brian Walsh, executive director of television, Foxtel.

"We are proud that the launch of this channel will extend Foxtel's commitment to fostering and supporting Australia's creative industries and arts organisations."

Locally-produced content includes weekly review show Screen, starting on 2 April, with the hosts film critic Margaret Pomeranz and television critic Graeme Blundell.

The channel will also provide Australian arts festival and event news and information, as well as interviews and reviews.

The Foxtel Networks-produced channel replaces SBS-owned and operated arts channel, Studio, which was previously carried on the pay-TV platform. Studio will still be available on SBS platforms.