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Sky to get two new arts channels

Mariella Frostrup
Mariella Frostrup will be back with The Book Show

Sky is to double its coverage of the arts with the creation of two bespoke Sky Arts channels.

The channels, reflecting contemporary and classical programming, will run alongside its existing HD Channel.

From October, Sky Arts 1 will feature contemporary shows, such as live rock concerts, while Sky Arts 2 will show opera and other classical art content.

Contributors include former Madness frontman Suggs, broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, and art critic Brian Sewell.

Sky Arts HD will broadcast content from both Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2.

Highlights include Suggs' Italian Job, an Italian travelogue with the Madness frontman; Art Rocks, which investigates the artistic talents of musicians like Iggy Pop and Moby; and Mariella Frostrup's The Book Show.

Sky Entertainment managing director Sophie Turner Laing, said: "This is further evidence of our commitment to invest in the content that people love and demonstrates how pay TV can meet viewers' individual needs."

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