Legendary Australian film critic Margaret Pomeranz has been named as the figurehead of Foxtel’s new arts channel.
Pomeranz will join Foxtel regular, actor, director and movie expert Graeme Blundell, for SCREEN on Foxtel’s Arts channel, as well as hosting a weekly program, Margaret Pomeranz Presents, on the Masterpiece channel.
Her former TV partner David Stratton remains the lead film critic at The Australian but it has yet to be revealed what other media he will do next, if any.
SCREEN will help viewers choose what to watch and what to avoid across movies, TV and online, as well as hosting and interviewing special guests.
Margaret Pomeranz Presents, on Masterpiece from March 4, will see Pomeranz present a weekly movie of her choice.
“I look forward to joining Foxtel and am thrilled to share my passion for film with viewers and movie fans all around the country,” Pomeranz said in a statement.
“While movies are my first love, I am also genuinely excited to be working with Graeme and getting my teeth into the exciting television and online environment which is so diverse, popular and ever changing,”
Pomeranz’s glittering TV career started almost 30 years ago as the co-host of The Movie Show on SBS, before moving to the ABC to present At the Movies.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel executive director of television, said: “We are delighted that Margaret has found her new home at Foxtel. As Australia’s most revered film critic, Margaret is the perfect fit for our Foxtel Movies Masterpiece and Foxtel Arts channel, where she will continue to deliver her enthusiasm for film to our arts and entertainment audience.
“As the first local commission on Foxtel’s new Arts channel, SCREEN will see the partnership of Margaret with legendary television critic Graeme Blundell and together, they will create new magic for Foxtel viewers.”
Foxtel Arts will showcase everything from opera and ballet productions, to theatre and contemporary performance.
The channel will launch in March.