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Sky launches a ‘pop-up’ Ocean Rescue channel

Monday, October 2nd 2017 by Oprah Flash

In support of its ocean health awareness campaign, Sky has launched a new ‘pop-up’ channel for viewers to watch the EU 'Our Ocean' conference in Malta.

The new channel - Sky Ocean Rescue - will air in the UK on channel 566 and will give Sky viewers exclusive live coverage of the events and panels at the conference.

Consumers who do not have a Sky TV subscription have not been left out as they can also watch coverage on the Sky News website and the Sky News YouTube channel.

The two-day conference starts on Thursday 5 October and will see Jeremy Darroch, the CEO of Sky Group, deliver a speech about Sky’s commitment to tackle the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans and how the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign is progressing.

He will be joined by world leaders, who will discuss ways to invest in innovative solutions and turn ideas about how to save the oceans into actions.

This is the first time Sky has been specially commissioned to broadcast live, free-to-air content across Sky UK, Sky Germany and Sky Italy.

Viewers eager to watch specialist content can tune in from this Wednesday until Sunday 9 October to watch a selection of ocean rescue shows such as Sky News’ investigative reports, interviews and documentaries including ‘A Plastic Tide and A Plastic Whale’.

'Environmental influencers'

John Ryley, the head of Sky News, 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.”

Live coverage of the Our Ocean conference will be presented by Sky News’ Gillian Joseph.

To help raise awareness, Sky recently paraded ‘Plasticus’ around cities across the UK to inspire the public to change their own plastic consumption.

The 10-metre whale is made from the same amount of plastic that enters the ocean every second.

Plasticus will also make an appearance at the conference.

According to Sky, from 2014 to 2015, there was a 43% increase in the number of plastic bottles washing up on UK beaches.

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