- Investigation Discovery (Canada)
Investigation Discovery Investigation Discovery logo Launched September 7, 2001 Owned by Bell Media Picture format HDTV
Country Canada Broadcast area National Formerly called Court TV Canada (2001-2010) Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
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Website Investigation Discovery Availability Satellite Bell TV Channel 528 Cable Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary IPTV Bell Aliant TV Channel 296 Bell Fibe TV Channel 528 MTS Channel 285 Optik TV Channel 176 SaskTel Channel 166
Investigation Discovery is owned by Bell Media with the name being licensed by American channel owner, Discovery Communications Inc. Investigation Discovery is currently the only DCI brand in Canada that does not hold any minority interest in the channel.
Investigation Discovery airs a variety of dramas, documentaries, talk shows, and more focusing on police and security, forensic investigations, crime and justice, among others.
- Crimes That Shook the World
- Deadly Women
- I (Almost) Got Away with It
- Most Evil
- On the Case with Paula Zahn
- The X-Files
- True Crime with Aphrodite Jones
- Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?
- Wicked Attraction
- Note: series list is current as of November 2011.
In November 2000, Learning and Skills Television of Alberta, a company majority owned by CHUM Limited (60%), was granted permission from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel The Law & Order Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service that will feature entertainment programming about police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, disaster and relief operations featuring people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society."
On February 15, 2005, CHUM completed the purchase of the remaining interest in LSTA, bringing its ownership to 100 percent. A year later, in July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later renamed CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was LSTA and its interest in CourtTV Canada. The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007, with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007. In 2008, LSTA (then known as Access Media Group) was wound up into CTV Limited (the renamed CHUM Limited).
Despite the American service being re-launched as truTV in 2008 with a greater emphasis on reality and "caught on camera" programs, the Canadian channel remained using the CourtTV brand until August 30, 2010, when the channel was rebranded Investigation Discovery under a licensing agreement with Discovery Communications.
On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD. The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011 and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.
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- ^ Decision CRTC 2000-614 CRTC 2000-12-14
- ^ a b The history of CHUM Globe and Mail article 2006-06-12
- ^ Bell Globemedia acquires CHUM; Fasken Martineau; 2006-07-12
- ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165; CRTC; 2007-06-08
- ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-141, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 14 July 2008
- ^ Discovery to Launch Three New Channel Brands In Canada
- ^ Bell Canada (2010-09-10). "Bell to acquire 100% of Canada's No.1 media company CTV". CNW Group. http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2010/10/c8677.html. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- ^ CRTC approves BCE's purchase of CTVglobemedia
- ^ Bell completes acquisition of CTV, launches Bell Media business unit CNW 2011-04-01
- ^ Discovery Channel and Bell Media Factual Networks Announce Fall 2011 "Must See" Highlights CNW 2011-06-17
Bell Media Inc. (subsidiary of BCE Inc.) Conventional television Specialty / pay televisionCTV SpecialtyMuch MTV GroupOther Radio stations (Bell Media Radio)AMRadio networksTSN Radio · Bob FM Bell Media broadcasting studios Other Bell Media-owned assetsAgincourt Productions · Autohound · Bell Media Radio National Sales · CTV Music · Dome Productions · Exploration Distribution · Exploration Productions · sympatico.ca Associated foundationsBravo!FACT · MuchFACT Predecessors and historic brands See alsoSome of the assets listed above are only partially owned by Bell Media. Refer to full asset list for detailed information.
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