Today is the last day on the Foxtel platform for the SBS-managed STUDIO Channel.
After 5 years it makes way for the new Foxtel-managed Foxtel Arts channel, launching tomorrow. STUDIO replaced another Arts predecessor, Ovation on April 1 2010.
However Arts content will still be viewable at SBS On Demand and through SBS ONE programming.
General Manager, Chris Keely has thanked channel supporters in a farewell statement:
“Over the last five years, STUDIO has been committed to presenting you with cutting-edge arts and entertainment from around the globe, while fostering and supporting the Australian arts community.
“Since 2010, STUDIO has nurtured and mentored budding Australian artists and producers through the Create STUDIO and STUDIO Kickstart initiatives; developed ground-breaking local productions; forged successful partnerships with Australia’s most prominent and respected festivals and arts organisations to increase accessibility to the arts; and introduced Australian audiences to a new level of creativity through compelling and thought-provoking television.
“Today, STUDIO will take its final bow and will no longer be available on the Foxtel platform. STUDIO is pleased to announce that following this time, STUDIO programming will be made available on SBS ONE and SBS On Demand in special STUDIO blocks, further cementing SBS’s commitment to the arts by providing arts content to all Australians.
“We thank you for your support over the last five years, and look forward to bringing you the best arts and entertainment programming in our new timeslots on SBS One.”
SBS-owned World Movies channel continues on the Foxtel platform.