National Geographic
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerNGC Channel Inc.
Corus Entertainment (64%)
National Geographic Channel (20% direct, 16% indirect)
Sister channelsNat Geo Wild
LaunchedAugust 15, 2001; 22 years ago (August 15, 2001)
Former namesNational Geographic Channel (2001–2016)
WebsiteNational Geographic Channel Canada
Streaming media
StackTVInternet Protocol television

National Geographic (formerly National Geographic Channel) is a Canadian English language television channel owned by NGC Channel Inc., a joint venture between Corus Entertainment and National Geographic Channel (U.S.). It features documentary and human interest programming that explores the natural world. The service, like its international counterparts, is based on National Geographic Magazine.


Programming includes specials and theme weeks such as 'Pharaoh's Week' and 'Shark Week'. The programs broadcast revolve around the following topics: wildlife, history, science and technology, people and culture, and travel and adventure.


Original logo used from 2001 to 2004

In November 2000, Alliance Atlantis (on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated) was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service called National Geographic Channel. It was described as a service that will "feature documentary programming in the areas of geography, world cultures, anthropology, remote exploration, natural conservation and geo-politics. Its programs will draw on pre-eminent resources, talent and expertise and use rare and spectacular images, riveting storytelling and innovative technology to bring the pages of the National Geographic Magazine to life."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 under the ownership of Alliance Atlantis and the U.S.-based National Geographic Channel.

Previous logo used from 2002 to 2016

On December 19, 2006, Alliance Atlantis launched a high definition simulcast of National Geographic Channel.[2] It is available through all major TV providers 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 National Geographic Channel. On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of National Geographic Channel as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[3][4]

On April 1, 2016, National Geographic Channel's parent company Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.[5] Months later, National Geographic Channel was simply renamed to just National Geographic.

See also


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-482 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Alliance Atlantis Launches High Definition Channels Broadcaster Magazine 2006-10-11
  3. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.