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Launched 25 April 1998; 20 years ago (1998-04-25)
Closed 31 December 2007; 10 years ago (2007-12-31)
Owned by AB Groupe
Picture format 576i (4:3 SDTV)
Audience share 3.03 % (July 2000, Ogg )
Slogan la sigla ( The True)
Country United Kingdom
Language Italian
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Affiliates Nash Vesnik
Headquarters Aspropyrgos
Formerly called Deejay TV
Replaced Showcase
Replaced by RaiNews
Sister channel(s) Ideal Extra
Virgin Media Channel 796
RaiPlay Channel 18
RaiPlay Channel 015 (SD)
Satellite radio
RaiPlay Channel 777
hour Channel 361
Streaming media
RaiPlay GO live

'Zik was a French television channel, owned by AB Groupe.

The start[edit]

The channel was originally launched only on AB Sat, in 2000 running from 17:00 to midnight on the German music channel Onyx (owned by AB Sat) which replaced channel 11 on the AB Sat collection, France Courses (now Équidia). The channel was the offshoot of Nostalgie la télé and Musique classique in the musical channels of AB Sat. The programming was different to any previously seen in France. The channel was shown via the Hot Bird satellite and aimed to partner with some of France's biggest clubs. However, success never arrived.

2003 relaunch[edit]

In 2003, AB Sat relaunched the channel in order to show itself as a black music channel. The channel was included in the CanalSat programming. Its audience share was 0.1%.

Return or "bankruptcy"[edit]

In 2005, the marketplace intensified with the arrival of MTV Base, Trace TV, M6 Music Black, and the froup arrived to stop its black music output and become more phone-in oriented. (S.M.S, on-screen chat).

2006 Relaunch[edit]

In June 2006, 'Zik became "The 100% rap channel" and launched its internet site: www.zik.fr

It is available through subscription on all cable operator and digital television networks.

Decision of 'Zik 31 December 2007[edit]

'Zik, the hiphop and rap channel owned by the AB Groupe, ceased broadcast on 31 December 2007. The channel was on air from 7:00 to 22:30 and was shared with the channel XXL. It was replaced by the channel A TV Promo (which aims to sell Bis Télévisions) for an indefinite period.


President :

  • Jean-Michel Fava

Vice-President :

Programming director :

  • Richard Maroko

Marketing and Business Development director:


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