National Geographic Wild
National Geographic Wild logo
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Programming
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerCorus Entertainment (64%)
National Geographic Global Networks (20% direct, 16% indirect)
Sister channelsNational Geographic
History
LaunchedMay 7, 2012; 12 years ago (May 7, 2012)
ReplacedGlobal Reality Channel
Former namesNat Geo Wild (2012-2019)
Links
WebsiteNational Geographic Wild Canada

National Geographic Wild is a Canadian English-language discretionary specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment and National Geographic Global Networks. The channel airs programming devoted to wildlife, nature, and animals.

History

In April 2010, Canwest (the majority owner and operator of the Canadian version of National Geographic Channel) had requested the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to add the U.S. cable network of the same name to the list of available foreign channels permitted to broadcast in Canada.[1] Both High Fidelity HDTV (the owner of Oasis HD) and CTV Speciality Television Inc. (the major owner of the Canadian version of Animal Planet) sent letters to CRTC to oppose the request because they considered Nat Geo Wild to be competitive with Oasis HD and Animal Planet. Canwest was acquired by Shaw Communications later that year. The CRTC denied the application on February 15, 2011.[2]

In October 2011, NGC Channel Inc. (a company owned by Shaw and National Geographic Channel in the U.S.) put forth its own application to the CRTC in order to launch a Canadian version of Nat Geo Wild.[3] The licence was approved by the CRTC on April 13, 2012.[4] Neither High Fidelity HDTV nor Bell Media voiced a concern about Nat Geo Wild competing with their services.

On April 30, 2012, Shaw released a statement that the Canadian version of Nat Geo Wild was scheduled to be launched on May 7, 2012.[5] The channel was launched in standard and high definition. Bell Aliant Fibe TV is one of the provider not carried the channel.

On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.[6]

Nat Geo Wild was rebranded as National Geographic Wild in 2019.

Programming

Noted series

References

  1. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - Call for comments on the proposed addition of National Geographic Wild to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis". crtc.gc.ca.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - Addition of National Geographic Wild to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis". crtc.gc.ca.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - Notice of hearing - 18 January 2012 - Miramichi, New Brunswick - Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 28 November 2011". crtc.gc.ca.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - NatGeo Wild – Specialty Category B service". crtc.gc.ca.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Shaw Media invites viewers to get wildly close to animals with the launch of Nat Geo Wild". www.newswire.ca.
  6. ^ "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.