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Freesat adds its first health and fitness channel

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Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV platform, has today added its first ever channel dedicated solely to health and fitness.

The Active Channel is now available at 408 on the Freesat TV guide, increasing its potential audience by 2 million satellite viewers. The channel broadcasts a range of programmes offering health, exercise and nutrition advice, along with documentaries.

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Highlights on the channel include Raw Kitchen, a cookery show dedicated to raw food; Fit Britain: Phil 'The Power' Taylor, a series following the darts champion as he loses seven stone in weight; and Celebrity Trainer, featuring trainer Ricardo Macedo whose clients include Strictly Come Dancing star Natalie Lowe.

The Active Channel debuted online and then launched on Sky in 2009. It broadcasts 24/7 to 202 countries worldwide with health and fitness programming, and also covers sports and exclusive events. Most content is produced in-house.

Parham Donyai, The Active Channel's chief executive, said that the firm was "absolutely delighted" to expand onto Freesat.

"Since our launch and subsequent rapid growth, we have had countless requests for The Active Channel to be available to even more people, and now we can finally say we can," Donyai said.

"Our availability on Freesat, gives nearly 2m more viewers the chance to improve their health, fitness and well-being by watching The Active Channel."

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