Channel AKA is a British digital television channel that was founded as Channel U in 2003. It is currently available through Sky channel 385 and at channelaka.com/watch. It is a music channel primarily focusing on playing UK grime and rap, and has helped to breakthrough artists such as Tinchy Stryder, N Dubz, Chip, Wretch 32 and Devlin.
Channel AKA is unique in it’s commitment to supporting up & coming and unsigned British artists, many artists have commended them for this. Dizzee Rascal, Kano, Lethal Bizzle and Sway are just a few of the artists who have paid homage to the channel in their lyrics.
Channel AKA is heading into a new era for 2014 with a rebrand & new launches brought to it’s audience by a new advanced on-screen look, new programme features, a brand new website and the launch of the Channel AKA app, which allows viewers to select the music. The channel currently has a reach of 1.7 million viewers*.
*Official BARB audience figures. 16-34 quarterly reach.
“Shout out to Channel AKA, always supporting from day one. They always give chances and opportunities to people up and coming from the UK – I really appreciate that, you have got to support each other and AKA definitely do that” – Tinchy Stryder
“I’m forever underground and I like to keep my music underground. Channel AKA is the only place I like to put my music because it’s a UK wide outlet for everyone to get – but it still feels exclusive.” – JME
“A channel like AKA is vital for independent artists and major record labels alike. It gives new UK urban talent chance to independently develop and be seen, and it’s a key platform for us to place our own developing artists.” Darcus Beese, President of Island Records UK.
“Channel AKA – the place to be, where I feel like it all started. They hype, the urban hype, the base, the beats. This is what we do.” – P Money
“Channel AKA; Ground breaking, star-making and instrumental. Without them there would be big gap in the game as we know it. Big up Channel AKA.” – G Frsh
“Hold tight AKA, playing the hardest when everyone else won’t.” – Ghetts
“Channel AKA is in great shape as there’s been so much exciting music coming through in this last year. In a broadly flat music tv market, AKA saw a 13% growth* in 2013 with the key 16-34 target, an audience who are famously supposed to be watching much less television! We couldn’t be in a better position with 1.7 million viewers** and with our rebrand it’s only going to get stronger.” – Simon Sadler, COO Channel AKA.