Channel AKA Is Shutting Down After 15 Years on The Air
End of an era.
Iconic TV music station Channel AKA (formerly known as Channel U) will be broadcasting for the very last time today.
Launched in 2003, Channel U provided a first insight into the worlds of grime and UK urban music videos for many, with some absolutely legendary artists launching their careers with the UK underground mainstay.
ANNOUNCEMENT! That’s it – Channel AKA is no more! We’ve pioneered grime & UK urban with Channel U & AKA giving first play to many homegrown acts. But today our friends Massive R&B take over Sky373 & we say thanks for all YOUR support over the last 15 years! Love always AKA.
— Channel AKA TV (@channelAKA385) June 1, 2018
More recently rebranded as Channel AKA since 2009, the likes of Lethal Bizzle, Chipmunk, and N-Dubz all began their fledgling careers with the channel. It marks the end of an era of music tv that many people grew up on and a formative part of underground UK music.
Revisit a classic from the Channel U archive from Choong Family – one of the channel’s mainstays – below.