Listen up you ‘orrible lot: Forces TV is a new Freesat channel dedicated to the needs of people in the armed forces and defence sector.
Located on Freest channel 652, it covers a wide range of reports, features, live events, human interest stories, documentaries, interviews and competitions.
It’s operated by the Services Sound and Vision Corporation, a charity which runs the British Forces Broadcasting Service TV and radio channels aimed at UK service personnel around the globe.
Emma Scott, Freesat’s managing director, said: “We’re proud to add Forces TV to our line-up of Special Interest channels and expect it to be popular particularly for anyone with a connection to the UK Armed Forces. This new channel means that the breadth of choice for our viewers, for free, has never been more varied.”
SSVC Chief Executive Nick Pollard said the channel would bring British TV viewers a behind-the-scenes view of the military world that they’ve never seen before.
“Our teams have been working alongside the services for years and have an unrivalled and independent understanding of the UK’s armed forces,” Pollard said.
“It’ll be full of unique insights and essential viewing for everyone who wants to understand what the armed forces are doing.”
The Prime Minister said he hoped Forces TV will help the public connect better with the men and women working in the services.
David Cameron said: “As more of our troops come home, it is vital that we do not lose touch with the amazing contribution that our armed forces have made and continue to make.
“We cannot forget them; we have to always remember the sacrifices they make. I am sure Forces TV will provide that vital link between the public and our service men and women and I wish it every success.”
Freesat already has more than 200 subscription free channels, as well as catch-up from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 via the Roll Back TV Guide in Freesat Freetime boxes and TVs.