Food Network
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerFood Network Canada Inc. (80.15%, via Corus Entertainment – managing partner)
Television Food Network G.P. (19.85%; Warner Bros. Discovery/Nexstar Media Group[1])
Sister channelsCooking Channel
DTour
HGTV
Magnolia Network
OWN
History
LaunchedOctober 9, 2000; 23 years ago (October 9, 2000)
Former namesFood Network Canada (2000–2005)
Links
Websitefoodnetwork.ca
Availability
Streaming media
StackTVInternet Protocol television
RiverTVChannel 12 (HD)
Rogers IgniteChannel 95 (HD)

Food Network, formerly called Food Network Canada, is a Canadian English language discretionary specialty channel based on the U.S. cable network of the same name. It airs programming related to food, cooking, cuisine, and the food industry. The Canadian version of Food Network is a joint venture between Corus Entertainment and the U.S. network's parent company Television Food Network, G.P. (which is majority-owned by Warner Bros. Discovery).

History

The U.S. Food Network was available in Canada since 1997 and became one of the more popular foreign cable channels available in Canada. This prompted the creation of a Canadian version which would then be able to access ad revenue through commercials under Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulations. Corus Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis launched the channel on October 9, 2000 at 6:00 a.m. EST.

Food Network's logo used from 2000 to 2005. After that it was changed to match the 2003 Food Network USA logo.

The licence for Food Network Canada was approved by the CRTC in early 2000. The channel was launched in October of that year; on the day of the launch, the U.S. service was removed from the list of foreign channels eligible to be broadcast in Canada.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in Food Network.

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of Food Network as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[2][3] On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment (also controlled by the Shaw family) announced the sale of its 22.58% ownership interest in Food Network to Shaw Media, in exchange for Shaw's 49% stake in ABC Spark.[4] The sale closed in April 2013.[5]

On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was subsumed into Corus as part of a corporate reorganization, which reunited Food Network with the active Corus channels.[6][7]

Food Network HD

Food Network HD logo used before 2014

On October 5, 2011, Shaw Media launched Food Network HD, a 1080i high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed.[8] It is available through all major TV providers.

See also

References

  1. ^ Channick, Robert (September 19, 2019). "Nexstar completes purchase of WGN owner Tribune Media". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media". Therecord.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  3. ^ "CRTC approves Shaw's purchase of the Canwest Global television properties". Crtc.gc.ca. October 22, 2010. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  4. ^ BCE to sell assets to Corus as part of Astral deal, The Globe and Mail (via Reuters and The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Press Release - Corus Entertainment Receives CRTC Approval on TELETOON Canada Inc., Historia and Séries+ Acquisitions". Corusent.com. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Corus Entertainment acquires Shaw Media for $2.65-billion". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  8. ^ Food Network Canada looking better than ever Shaw Media press release 2011-10-05