Cosmopolitan TV
CosmopolitanTV logo
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(2013-2019)
480i (SDTV)
(2008-2019)
Ownership
OwnerCorus Entertainment (67%)
Hearst Communications (33%)
(Cosmopolitan Television Canada Company)
History
LaunchedFebruary 14, 2008 (11 years, 228 days)
ClosedSeptember 30, 2019

Cosmopolitan TV (also known as CosmoTV) was a Canadian English language specialty television channel.

CosmoTV broadcast shows aimed at women ages 18–34. The channel's name and concept was licensed from and based on the American women's magazine Cosmopolitan. Like the magazine, the broadcast had a particular focus on sex, relationships, fashion, and beauty in the form of entertainment and lifestyle programming, ranging from comedies, dramas, reality programs, films, and more.

The channel was owned by Corus Entertainment and Cosmopolitan owner, Hearst Communications (Cosmopolitan Television Canada Company). The channel ceased operations on September 30, 2019.

History

On August 7, 2007, Cosmopolitan Television Canada Company, a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment and Hearst Corporation, was granted approval for a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called Cosmopolitan Television, described as "a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming service devoted to programming related to relationships, lifestyle, beauty, trends and style. The service shall focus on the interests and needs of young working women aged between 18 and 34 years."[1]

This was the company's second attempt at receiving approval for a broadcast licence to launch CosmoTV. The company's first attempt was denied by the CRTC earlier that year due to concerns that the channel would be in direct competition to several existing television specialty channels that have genre exclusivity, protecting them from direct competition.[2]

In seeking approval for permission to launch the service, the company's second attempt included a number of proposed restrictions to ensure that the service would not directly compete with protected services.[1] The CRTC was satisfied with the second attempt's safeguards and approved the application.

The channel was launched on February 14, 2008 as CosmopolitanTV.[3]

In July 2019, various cable operators reported that the channel would be shut down alongside IFC on September 30, 2019.[4][5]

Programming

Further information: List of programs broadcast by Cosmopolitan TV (Canada)

References

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-282 CRTC 2007-08-07
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-68 CRTC 2007-02-20
  3. ^ Corus gears up for CosmoTV launch MediaInCanada.com 2008-01-16
  4. ^ "Optik TV service programming and rate updates". Telus. July 25, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sept 30 - CosmoTV and IFC to cease broadcasting". Shaw Communications. Retrieved August 2, 2019.