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Extra: Smithsonian launches SVOD service; C4 hires inclusion, diversity head

Smithsonian unveils Smithsonian Channel Plus Smithsonian Networks has launched Smithsonian Channel Plus, an ad-free subscription on-demand streaming service. The company’s new SVOD service features more than 1,000 hours of content from the network’s ...
December 13, 2018

Smithsonian unveils Smithsonian Channel Plus

Smithsonian Networks has launched Smithsonian Channel Plus, an ad-free subscription on-demand streaming service.

The company’s new SVOD service features more than 1,000 hours of content from the network’s slate, including history, air and space, nature and wildlife, science, travel and pop culture programming, available in 4K UHD anywhere in the U.S. for US$4.99 per month.

Full seasons of series available include Aerial America, America in Color, Million Dollar American Princesses, The Lost Tapes and Air Disasters.

Smithsonian Channel Plus is currently available through the Smithsonian Channel app on Apple, Amazon, Roku players and TVs and Android devices, as well as on the Smithsonian website. Amazon Prime members will be able to subscribe to the SVOD service through Prime Video channels by the end of 2018.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Smithsonian Channel’s acclaimed programming to new audiences in an easily accessible way at a time when viewing habits and consumption are rapidly changing,” said Tom Hayden, Smithsonian Networks president, in a statement. “With a deep and varied programming library, including one of the largest offerings of 4K UHD content, launching Smithsonian Channel Plus allows us to super-serve viewers who love documentaries and series across a wide variety of genres.”

Yasir Mirza steps into inclusion and diversity role at Channel 4

Yasir Mirza has been appointed as Channel 4′s new head of inclusion and diversity.

In the newly created role, Yasir (pictured) will work closely with chief human resources officer Caroline Ross and with teams across C4 to help develop a more inclusive and diverse culture and fulfill the company’s inclusion and diversity strategy.

He has experience as an inclusion and diversity leader within the media industry in organizations around the world, including as head of diversity and inclusion at The Guardian from 2009 to 2015.

He has also held positions at the Open Society Foundations, the Diversity Media Institute and within the public sector. Additionally, he has spoken at conferences for the UN, Ford Foundation, University of Westminster, Journalism.co.uk, World Forum for Democracy, Activate India and South Africa and the Council of Europe.

He will join C4 in January.

“Inclusion and diversity is intrinsic to everything we do at Channel 4,” said C4 CEO Alex Mahon in a statement. “We must embody and reflect the contemporary reality of our country and its future, both in our content and within our culture as an organization. Yasir has an exceptional track record of delivering inclusion and diversity strategies for major organizations and I’m thrilled that he’s joining us to drive this vital part of our strategy.”

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