Investigation Discovery
InvestigationDiscoveryLogo2020.svg
Investigation Discovery logo, used since 2021.
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerBell Media
Sister channelsAnimal Planet
Canal D
Discovery
Discovery Science
Discovery Velocity
Investigation
History
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001; 21 years ago (2001-09-07)
Former namesCourt TV Canada (2001–2010)
Links
WebsiteInvestigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery is a Canadian Discretionary service owned by Bell Media. Based on the U.S cable network of the same name, the channel focuses on true crime programming.

Originally launching as a Canadian version of Court TV, it was relaunched on August 30, 2010 under its current branding as part of a licensing arrangement with Warner Bros. Discovery, and is the only Discovery-branded channel wholly owned by Bell, rather than being co-owned with ESPN Inc. like the other four. Investigation Discovery is also one of five branded channels that Warner Bros. Discovery does not own a minority stake in.

History

As CourtTV Canada

In November 2000, Learning and Skills Television of Alberta, a company majority owned by CHUM Limited (60%) and owners of Access, was granted permission by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called "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."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as Court TV Canada.[2] The channel replaced the American Court TV service, which was available on many television service providers throughout Canada as an eligible foreign service.

Court TV Canada logo from 2005 to August 29, 2010.
Court TV Canada logo from 2005 to August 29, 2010.

On February 15, 2005, CHUM completed the purchase of the remaining interest in LSTA, bringing its ownership to 100%.[2] A year later, in July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later renamed CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated CAD$1.7 billion, included in the sale was LSTA and its interest in CourtTV Canada.[3] The sale and was approved by the CRTC in June 2007,[4] and the transaction was completed on June 22, 2007. In 2008, LSTA (then known as Access Media Group) was wound up into CTV Limited (the renamed CHUM Limited).[5]

As Investigation Discovery

The original CourtTV was relaunched as TruTV in 2008, though the Canadian version continued to use the CourtTV branding. On August 30, 2010, CTV announced a new licensing agreement with Discovery Communications, under which Court TV Canada would be rebranded as a Canadian version of Discovery's true crime brand Investigation Discovery.[6]

On September 10, 2010, Bell Canada (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of CAD$3.2 billion.[7] The deal was approved by the CRTC on March 7, 2011,[8] and was finalized on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.[9]

Previous logo used from 2015 until 2021.
Previous logo used from 2015 until 2021.

On June 17, 2011, Bell Media announced plans to launch a high definition simulcast feed of Investigation Discovery, titled Investigation Discovery HD, by the end of the year.[10] The HD feed was launched on December 15, 2011 on Bell Fibe TV and later on Telus Optik TV; The HD feed later began to be carried on Bell Satellite TV on December 13, 2012, then Bell Aliant and NorthernTel in the mid 2010s.[11] The HD feed was added to Shaw Direct's lineup on October 16, 2018. It is yet to be launched on Shaw Cable and some smaller providers.

Programming

The channel primarily airs true crime programming sourced from its U.S. parent network, including Fear Thy Neighbor (a co-production with the U.S. Investigation Discovery and French-Canadian sister network Canal D), Homicide Hunter, and On the Case with Paula Zahn.

References

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-614 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ a b The history of CHUM, 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. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-141, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 14 July 2008
  6. ^ Discovery to Launch Three New Channel Brands In Canada Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Bell Canada (2010-09-10). "Bell to acquire 100% of Canada's No.1 media company CTV". CNW Group. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  8. ^ CRTC approves BCE's purchase of CTVglobemedia
  9. ^ Bell completes acquisition of CTV, launches Bell Media business unit Archived 2011-04-04 at the Wayback Machine CNW 2011-04-01
  10. ^ Discovery Channel and Bell Media Factual Networks Announce Fall 2011 "Must See" Highlights Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine CNW 2011-06-17
  11. ^ Animal Planet HD, Investigation Discovery HD and Discovery Science HD Launch Today Bell Media press release 2011-12-15