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Smithsonian Channel comes to the UK

First time the channel has launched in Europe

Smithsonian Channel has launched in the UK, bringing the network’s history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop culture content to European audiences for the first time.

A collaboration between by the Smithsonian Institution, SHOWTIME and CBS, Smithsonian Channel is the youngest channel to have won an Emmy and also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus, an HD and 4K UHD SVoD service.

Previously available in the US, Canada, Singapore and Latin America, the channel can now be found on Virgin (Channel 295), Sky (Channel 195) and Freesat (Channel 175).

The launch coincides with UK commissions including When Tariq Ali Met Malcolm X and Mystic Britain with Clive Anderson.

Smithsonian Networks president Tom Hayden said: “Smithsonian Channel has already resonated powerfully with audiences in Canada, Singapore and Latin America, so we can’t wait to bring our award-winning and varied slate of programming to the UK audience.”

David Royle, Smithsonian Networks chief programming officer, added: “We have a long track-record of working with UK production companies, and over the years our programmes have been featured by leading UK broadcasters.

“Now we’ll be bringing a lot of exciting new programmes to the UK, along with commissioning new programmes specific to British interests.”