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Nature Conservation Channel launch planned for web

Nature Conservation Channel launch planned for web
Pippa Considine
24 February 2012

A team of ex BBC wildlife producers, a London-based internet platform and Bristol’s Films at 59 are joining forces in the development of the Nature Conservation Channel, a niche web TV channel.

The Nature Conservation Channel will offer short films and regular live events about wildlife and current conservation projects to global audiences. The content will be sub-titled into all major languages and viewable on mobile devices such as iPad and iPhone.

Fergus Beeley, one of the channel’s directors said: “The timing is right. The technology now allows direct and immediate engagement between organisations working with wildlife in remote parts of the world and people that want to know what’s happening.”

Working with Beeley is Jonathan Sykes, former md of content strategy at Tiscali UK, with over nine years top management at BSkyB including GM Sky Sports.

Jonathan said: “The Nature Conservation Channel will be the first global wildlife and conservation content and technology platform. It will stimulate, unite, enable and serve one of the greatest areas of passion in our lives and one of the most important issues of today. The internet was made for this.”

The team that will curate the content have a history of success, including landmark shows such as David Attenborough’s The Life Of Birds and top live events such as Big Cat Diary.

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham said: “The channel will open up vital lines of communication between nature lovers at home and those organisations that work with animals around the world. There are small NGOs in remote regions of the world that are doing the most amazing work and we rarely hear of them. It’s a win-win for both viewers and NGOs.”

The channel has had a positive response from wildlife conservation NGOs around the world, which recognise the opportunity that the channel presents. It is currently trialing live stream events with WWF, from various locations simultaneously around the world.

Rebecca Klein of Cheetah Conservation Botswana said: “We’re very excited to have this global platform to help us conserve both the cheetah and the Kalahari. Using video to bring home conservation work is an extremely powerful tool. It has the power to educate and motivate people, and bring about positive change."

George Panayiotou, director at Bristol-based Films at 59, explained: “This channel is at the cutting edge of internet technologies and we feel that we have the right skill base to develop the channel – particularly the technical aspects of content delivery to the platform providers.”

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