The Sikh Channel is a United Kingdom-based, free-to-air, Sikhi-focused satellite television channel. It broadcasts across Europe on satellite television, in Canada and is also streamed live on the internet. The Sikh Channel began to broadcast on 13 April 2009 on Sky channel 840, replacing Brit Hits. The Sikh Channel primarily focuses on education and religious programming for the Sikh community. It operates from a studio in the Aston area of Birmingham.
The Sikh Channel was set up by Davinder Singh Bal's and Gursevak Singh Shergill in April 2009 TV Legal Limited. TV Legal formed The Sikh Channel Community Broadcasting Company Limited to accept donations, which are used to pay broadcast and programming costs.
The Sikh Channel Community Broadcasting Company Limited became a registered community interest company on 25 September 2009 and a registered charity on 2 June 2010. In December 2012, TV Legal Limited transferred the channel's television broadcast license to the Sikh Channel Community Interest Company Limited.
On 18 April 2013, the channel launched in Canada as "ATN Sikh Channel" through an exclusive licensing agreement with the Asian Television Network.
In the ethnic television category, there were numerous stations in Europe but none whatsoever dedicated to the Sikh faith and to a community making a significant contribution to everyday European life. Sikh Channel is the FIRST broadcasting channel of its kind in the world broadcasting Sikh religious and cultural shows around the clock across the world.
Sikh Channel has managed to fill a huge void within the world of television, being the first channel to focus upon the essence of the Sikh faith, providing a European free-to-air television platform for Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. The channel has proved to be a hit within the European Sikh community and become an integral part of their lives.
Sikh Channel is a community television station based upon the principles of the Sikh faith but includes programming for all, Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. The central theme and objective of the channel are to unite communities with the assistance of the universal message of the Sikh faith. Sikh Channel acts as a conduit for promoting participation and interest in the local community and greater understanding between all faiths with a strong commitment to intra-faith.
Sikh Channel endeavors to improve the quality of life, in particular for the elderly and housebound who are disconnected from the local community and also to connect the next generation Sikhi.
Sikh Channel is an established broadcaster and community television station serving over four million Sikhs worldwide and now in Canada on Rogers TV and Bell Fibe. Furthermore, Sikh Channel has millions of additional viewers online. The channel is currently available to viewers outside Europe online via www.sikhchannel.tv and through iOS and Android apps for phones and/or tablets and now for the first time in history, a Sikh faith channel is available in any part of the world on most Smart TVs.
Accordingly, our unique offering has attracted huge interest and a large audience worldwide. Our dedicated team ensures online social media such as Facebook and Twitter are kept up-to-date with current affairs, which reaches over 32,000 followers on a daily basis. Our Youtube Video-on-Demand service has attracted over 2,423,000 video hits.