The rock and metallic music channel Scuzz TV switches off (News)


Paramore, You Me At Six and Slipknot

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After 15 years on air, Scuzz TV is shutting down.

On Sky it had been a house to rock and heavy metallic music since 2003, airing bands akin to Korn, Slipknot and Enter Shakari.

It was the primary UK music channel to ever present a video by You Me At Six and lead singer Josh Franceschi says it will depart a “nice legacy”.

“A lot of bands in British rock and metallic will have a look at Scuzz because the platform that lots of their followers found them by way of,” he tells Newsbeat.

“I keep in mind seeing Jealous Minds Assume Alike on Scuzz for the primary time. To see your music video on TV, you’d made it to a different degree.”

In an announcement, Sony Photos Tv, which owns Scuzz TV, stated: “After a lot consideration, the choice was made to shut Scuzz on 15 November.

“We might prefer to thank our loyal Scuzz viewers for his or her help over time.”

In addition to You Me At Six, it was additionally the primary UK music channel to air movies by Paramore, Avenged Sevenfold, Architects, PVRIS and Creeper.

Sony Photos Tv hasn’t elaborated on the precise purpose why it is shut Scuzz TV or launched scores figures.

The BBC understands the channel had a low weekly viewership.

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Slipknot had been closely promoted on Scuzz TV

The primary music video to characteristic on Scuzz was Funeral For A Good friend’s music This 12 months’s Most Open Heartbreak at a time when the band solely had a 4 monitor EP to their identify.

For a lot of, the closure of Scuzz will carry again recollections of discovering bands within the noughties, when YouTube was in its infancy.

“I used to take a seat there with my pocket book and write down all of the songs that I liked,” says Scuzz TV fan Sarah-Jayne Sealy.

The 23-year-old from Cardiff says she took the batteries out of her TV controller in order that her dad and mom could not change the channel.

“I came upon about Slipknot, Disturbed, Korn and Asking Alexandria by way of Scuzz.”

The model was a mainstay at occasions akin to Obtain, Bloodstock and 2000 Bushes and BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter was additionally the voice of the station for a few years.

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PVRIS are among the many artists whose movies had been first proven within the UK on Scuzz TV

The closure of Scuzz follows Channel AKA as one other instance of a specialist music TV station coming off the air.

It additionally leaves Kerrang! as – arguably – the one TV channel devoted to rock and metallic after MTV Rocks was changed on the schedule by VH1 Christmas.

Josh Franceschi thinks it is a part of a rising development, as individuals’s viewing habits have modified a lot in a brief time period.

“There was some extent when a brand new music video premiered on Scuzz and you’d tune in particularly at the moment to observe it. That’s redundant now.”

Nevertheless, Kerrang! TV’s Abbie Pink says Scuzz shutting down does not imply that is one other nail within the coffin of music tv.

“We’re unhappy to see it go. It is a fellow rock channel however music channels do nonetheless get 15 million viewers each month.

“It is not in large decline as some individuals would possibly assume. Kerrang! actually is not going anyplace.”

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