Cooking Channel
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerCorus Entertainment (80.2%)
Warner Bros. Discovery (19.8%)
Sister channelsABC Spark
Adult Swim
Food Network
Magnolia Network
Oprah Winfrey Network
W Network
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-09-07)
Former namesSexTV: The Channel (2001–2010)
W Movies (2010–2016)

Cooking Channel is a Canadian English language discretionary specialty channel majority-owned by Corus Entertainment. Dedicated to programming related to food and cooking, it serves as a spin-off of Food Network.

The channel was launched in 2001 as SexTV: The Channel under the ownership of CHUM Limited named after the program of the same name aired on Citytv. The channel was acquired in 2006 when Bell Globemedia acquired the assets of CHUM which was completed in 2007 while the Citytv stations were sold to Rogers Media. Corus acquired the channel in 2010 and relaunched it as W Movies, a spin-off of W Network focused on films targeting women. On December 12, 2016, the channel relaunched as a Canadian version of Cooking Channel; following the relaunch, Scripps Networks Interactive took a minority interest in the channel.


As SexTV: The Channel

In June 2001, CHUM Limited received approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national Category 2 specialty channel known as Relationship Television, a channel described as being "devoted exclusively to programming related to love, romance, marriage, relationship-themed game shows, sexuality and gender issues, family planning, relationship breakdown and magazine style programming featuring romantic vacation resorts."[1]

SexTV: The Channel logo (2001-2010)

The channel was launched three months later on September 7, 2001 as SexTV: The Channel,[2] a channel modeled after and its name derived from SexTV, a now-former program on Citytv (which was a CHUM-owned property at the time). SexTV aired programming on sex and human sexuality, including issues on love, dating, romance and related subjects.

In July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated CAD$1.7 billion.[3] Due to CTV planning to retain the Citytv network, SexTV: The Channel was among the channels along with A-Channel, Access, CKX-TV Brandon and CLT to be sold to Rogers Communications on April 9, 2007, awaiting the final approval. The sale was approved by the CRTC on June 8, 2007, on the condition that CTV must divest the Citytv stations, effectively cancelling the sale of SexTV: The Channel to Rogers and the transaction was completed on June 22, 2007 while the Citytv stations were sold to Rogers later that year.[4]

As W Movies

W Movies logo (2010-2016)

On July 14, 2009, CTVglobemedia announced that it would sell Sex TV, along with Drive-In Classics (then Sundance Channel, now defunct), to Corus Entertainment for a combined CAD$40 million.[5] In late September, Corus announced that the channel would be rebranded as W Movies, a spin-off of W Network with a focus on films targeting women.[6] The sale was approved by the CRTC on November 19,[7] with the transaction being completed by December. The on-air relaunch as W Movies took place on March 1, 2010.

On December 2, 2011, W Movies launched a high definition feed. It is currently available through all major television providers in the country.

As Cooking Channel

On October 19, 2016, Corus announced that W Movies would be relaunched as a Canadian version of Cooking Channel on December 12, 2016. The network served as a spin-off of Corus's Canadian version of Food Network, and came shortly after Bell Media's re-launch of Gusto, which competes directly against Food Network.[8] Scripps Networks Interactive subsequently acquired a 19.8% interest in the channel.[9]


Further information: List of programs broadcast by Cooking Channel

The Cooking Channel airs programming identical to its U.S. counterpart, focusing primarily on instruction- and personality-based programming largely displaced by Food Network's current focus on reality and competition-style series.

As SexTV: The Channel, the network aired programming devoted to human sexuality including issues on love, dating, romance and related subjects. Past programs on the network included Sex Wars: Gender in the Age of Representation, Beyond Carnival: Sex in Brazil, and Sexploration.


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-304; CRTC; 2001-06-04
  2. ^ The history of CHUM Archived October 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2006.
  3. ^ Bell Globemedia acquires CHUM Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine; Fasken Martineau; 2006-07-12
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165; CRTC; 2007-06-08
  5. ^ Corus to acquire Drive-In Classics and SexTV from CTVglobemedia for $40 million; The Canadian Press; 2009-07-14
  6. ^ "Corus shuttering Discovery Kids, will re-brand Sex TV and Drive-In Classics channels Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine",, September 29, 2009
  7. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (November 19, 2009). "ARCHIVED - SexTV: The Channel and Drive-In Classics Channel - Acquisition of assets". Retrieved April 22, 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Corus feeds the food genre with new channel". Realscreen. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Corus Entertainment shareholders report (Q3 2017)" (PDF). Corus Entertainment. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017. On December 12, 2016, the Company sold a 19.8% interest in 7202377 Canada Inc. (the "Cooking Channel"), a subsidiary, to Scripps Network LLC for $7,500, the fair value at the date of the sale. Cash proceeds of $5,250 were received upon closing. Control of this subsidiary did not change, therefore a business combination did not occur