The UK’s first all Sikh religious channel, The Sikh Channel is planning to launch on Sky Digital in January, next year.

Plans of the new venture were revealed to BizAsia.co.uk earlier today. A spokesman said, it had secured a media partner, which it will timeshare with when it initially launches. He refused to comment on details about the partner but said full details will be revealed later this year.

It was hinted that the new channel will be a UK based, which will deliver cultural and entertainment shows. The Sikh Channel will broadcast twelve hours of Sikh religious programming per day with the other twelve taken by its media partner.

The Sikh Channel is also set to give viewers a tease of what the service has in store by streaming shows on its website, from September.

The Sikh Channel has opened up a Facebook message group, as well as a website requesting members of the public to contribute financially to speed the launch of the channel.

The Sikh Channel will be available on the Sky platform from Tuesday 5th January 2010.