Foxtel Arts replaces the Sbs-owned Studio, whose carriage deal is expiring. The new channel will place more emphasis on opera, ballet and orchestral music and allocate regular slots to documentaries and performances, Foxtel Arts channel manager Fraser Stark tells If.
.We are acquiring and commissioning a growing number of projects,. says Stark, foreshadowing further announcements. .The channel is designed for a passionate, niche audience..
Of the decision to bring the channel in-house he said, .That allows us to fashion the channel in our own way and to bring it closer to the Foxtel brand.
.Foxtel Arts will be an active participant in the Australian arts scene. It will be a vocal and effective advocate for arts organizations, promote festivals and other events and hopefully increase attendances at live events.