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Smithsonian Channel Set for U.K. Launch


Smithsonian Channel is launching in the U.K. on Virgin Media, Sky, Freesat and Freeview.

The channel is already available in Canada, Singapore and Latin America. The U.K. launch marks its first European expansion. Smithsonian Channel’s programming slate covers the history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop culture genres. Upcoming highlights include America in Colour, The Lost Tapes and Aerial America.

“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 U.K. audience,” said Tom Hayden, president of Smithsonian Networks.

“We have a long track record of working with U.K. production companies, and over the years our programs have been featured by leading U.K. broadcasters,” added David Royle, chief programming officer at Smithsonian Networks. “Now we’ll be bringing a lot of exciting new programs to the U.K., along with commissioning new programs specific to British interests.”

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