It will be jointly operated by the commercial broadcaster Joj Group, which already has four TV channels in its portfolio, and the Munich-based kids TV specialist Your Family Entertainment (YFE) AG, and make its debut at the beginning of 2015.
It will be the sister channel of the only private European German language kids channel RiC.
Commenting of on the channel, Marcel Grega, CEO of Joj Group, said: “We are very pleased Joj Group will bring RiK to our market as the first channel for kids in Slovak language. We are looking forward to entertaining our youngest audience with programmes that will make them laugh and learn and enjoy their time with TV. We hope RiK will become a good companion and friend not only for children but also for their parents who can count on quality and responsible kids-friendly programming.”
Stefan Piëch, CEO of YFE, added: “Already five years ago Your Family Entertainment AG planned to launch a kids channel in Slovakia, and now with our partner RiK, the first Slovak language kids channel becomes a reality. Similar to Germans and Austrians, Slovak parents are very quality conscious, and so is the management of JOJ Group, who selected us as partners mostly because of quality reasons.”
Paul Robinson, EVP International Channels, said: “This innovative partnership of Joj and Your Family Entertainment will continue our roll out of free and pay-TV channels that will be loved by kids, families and platforms in markets around the world. This new service will combine the very best ingredients of localisation and relevance to Slovakia and world class international programme content.”