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Sky launching Ocean pop-up channel across Europe

Sky will this week launch a special pop-up channel that will, for the first time be broadcast across all of Sky's satellite services.

As part of Sky's Ocean Rescue charitable campaign, a dedicated Sky Ocean Rescue ‘pop-up’ channel will launch on Sky UK/Ireland (channel 566), Sky Germany/Austria (channel 384) and Sky Italia (channel 505). It will be on-air from Wednesday 4th - Sunday 8th October 2017. It will also be available to view via the Sky News website ( and the Sky News You Tube channel. It's the first time Sky has simultaneously launched a single channel across all of its European satellite platforms.

Launched to provide viewers an exclusive opportunity to watch live events and panels from the EU Our Ocean Conference in Malta on the 5th and 6th October, the channel will broadcast a selection of Sky Ocean Rescue content including Sky News’ investigative reports, interviews and documentaries including A Plastic Tide and A Plastic Whale. Live coverage of the EU Our Ocean Conference, presented by Sky News presenter Gillian Joseph, will begin on Thursday 5th October.

The EU Our Ocean Conference, held in Malta, invites world leaders to invest in solutions and create ambitious political actions that mobilise change-makers from government, business and society to turn good ideas into reality.

Sky’s Group CEO, Jeremy Darroch, will attend the conference on Thursday 5th October to deliver a speech discussing Sky’s commitment to tackling the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans and the progress of its Sky Ocean Rescue campaign.

‘Plasticus’, Sky’s 10 metre whale made of the same amount of plastic that enters the ocean every second (pictured above) that recently toured the UK to inspire the public to change their own plastic consumption, will be on display at the conference.

In addition, Sky News will be bringing live updates and interviews throughout the day and Sky News at Ten will be presented live from Malta by Anna Botting.

Head of Sky News, John Ryley said: 
“Sky is committed to shining a spotlight on the issue of ocean health through Sky Ocean Rescue. For the first time ever Sky is launching a dedicated ‘pop up’ channel for Ocean Rescue, giving our viewers across Europe the chance to hear from the world’s leading scientists and environmental influencers live from the EU Our Ocean Conference in Malta.”

The Ocean Rescue channel has also been spotted testing on Virgin Media, although Sky's press information only refers to Sky availability.

  • Updated on 3/10 to amend date originally supplied by Sky.