Slice
Logo used since 2017
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Programming
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(2013–present)
480i (SDTV)
(1995–present)
Ownership
OwnerAlliance Atlantis (1995–2008)
CW Media
(2008–2010)
Shaw Media
(2010–2016)
Corus Entertainment
(2016–present)
(Life Network Inc.)
Sister channelsW Network
YTV
Showcase
ABC Spark
History
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1995
Former namesLife Network (1995–2007)
Links
WebsiteSlice
Availability
Streaming media
StackTVInternet Protocol television

Slice is a Canadian English language discretionary service channel owned by Corus Entertainment. The channel primarily broadcasts reality shows targeting young adult women, typically dealing in subjects such as fashion and lifestyles. In addition to original programming, Slice is better-known for airing shows acquired from the U.S. cable network, Bravo.

It was launched on January 1, 1995, as Life Network under the ownership of Atlantis Communications. Atlantis was acquired by Alliance Communications in 1998 and Life Network was relaunched as Slice on March 5, 2007. In 2008, Canwest and Goldman Sachs acquired Alliance Atlantis, and the channel's ownership was later sold to Shaw Media in 2010, and ultimately, Corus in April 2016.

History

As Life Network

In June 1994, Your Channel Television Inc., a company majority owned by Atlantis Television Ventures Inc. (Atlantis Communications), was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called YOU: Your Channel, described at the time as broadcasting "programming consisting of documentaries and information programming." The channel was grouped into five themes, "Habitat" stressing programming for the home and environment; "Bodyworks" covering fitness, health and nutrition; "Food Plus" including programs related to cooking and food; "Explorations" dealing with travel, adventure and nature; and "Relationships" focusing on parenting, child care, careers and personal relationships."[1]

The channel was launched on January 1, 1995, as Life Network.[2] The channel broadcast programs in themes focusing on such areas as food, gardening, and home design.

In June 1998, Atlantis Communications announced that it planned to merge with Alliance Communications,[3] another fellow television and film producer and broadcaster, owners of History Television and Showcase at the time,[4] to form a new company called Alliance Atlantis Communications. The CRTC approved the merger in May 1999.[4]

As Slice

Plans to relaunch the channel as Slice were announced in November 2, 2006 by Alliance Atlantis Communications.[5] The new name and programming reflects Life's shift towards a more entertainment based schedule with what Alliance Atlantis called "addictive" programming. The name was revealed in a 2006 Life Network online survey on future programming strategies. The channel was relaunched on March 5, 2007, although the on-air branding appeared intermittently during a "sneak preview" on March 3 and 4.

On January 18, 2008,[6] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media,[7] acquired control of Slice through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[8] On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of Slice as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[9][10]

On June 10, 2024, rival broadcaster Rogers Sports & Media announced an agreement with NBCUniversal to relaunch the Bravo brand in Canada in September 2024.[11]

Programming

Alternate logo introduced in 2013

Main article: List of programs broadcast by Slice

Notable programs

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Logos

1995–2003 2003–2007 2007–2016 2016–2017 2017–present

References

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 94-279 CRTC 1994-06-06
  2. ^ Tier Two Turns Ten Mediacaster Magazine 2005-03-01
  3. ^ Merger creates film, TV giant[permanent dead link] Toronto Star 1998-07-22
  4. ^ a b Decision CRTC 99-106 1999-05-20
  5. ^ Alliance Atlantis To Launch SLICE Broadcaster Magazine 2006-11-02
  6. ^ Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
  7. ^ Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
  8. ^ CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Archived 2012-04-23 at the Wayback Machine Investor Point 2007-08-15
  9. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ CRTC approves Shaw's purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Thiessen, Connie (2024-06-10). "Rogers scoops Warner Bros. Discovery rights from Corus and Bell". Broadcast Dialogue. Retrieved 2024-06-10.