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.