True Crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
Timeshift serviceTrue Crime +1
Ownership
OwnerAMC Networks International
Paramount Networks UK & Australia
ParentCBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership
Sister channels
History
Launched10 October 2002; 21 years ago (2002-10-10)
ReplacedCBS Reality
Former namesReality TV (2002–2006)
Zone Reality (2006–2009)
CBS Reality (2009–2023)
Links
Website
Availability
Terrestrial
See separate section

True Crime (Stylised as TRUE CRIME) is a British free-to-air television channel.

History

Reality TV launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky Digital on 10 October 2002.[1] A timeshift network – Reality TV +1 was launched on January 31, 2005,[2] while an additional channel called Reality Extra was launched in February 2006.[3][4]

With the rebranding of UPC's channels under the "Zone" brand, the channels were rebranded in the UK on June 26, 2006, as with the rest of Europe, with the channels rebranding as Zone Reality, Zone Reality +1 and Zone Reality Extra, respectively.[5] On 20 June 2008, Chello Zone announced that Zone Reality Extra would close and its broadcast capacity would be replaced with Zone Horror +1 on 1 July, with Zone Thriller moving into its EPG slot.[6]

On 14 September 2009, it was revealed that CBS Studios International had struck a joint venture deal with Chellomedia to launch six CBS-branded channels in the UK and Ireland during 2009.[7] On 16 November 2009, the channel rebranded as CBS Reality and CBS Reality +1.

As of 2 April 2014, CBS Reality is available on Freeview and Freesat in the United Kingdom. A timeshift channel, CBS Reality +1, was available on YouView as of 27 July 2014, but was removed on 2 June 2015. In Ireland, the channels are available on Sky Ireland.[citation needed]

In addition to their slot on Freeview Channel 66, a number of CBS Reality shows can be found simulcast daily on various Local Television channels in the UK, such as Local TV Liverpool (Freeview channel 7).[8][9][10]

On 30 June 2022, the British arm of the AMC-Paramount partnership revised their channel line-up with nearly all CBS branding being dropped and a new channel called Legend taking CBS Justice's slot on a number of services and Horror's programming.[citation needed]

On 22 November 2023, CBS Reality rebranded as True Crime thus dropping the CBS brand after 14 years in the UK.[11] The European CBS Reality network is not a part of the rebrand and retains its name.

Logos

See also

References

  1. ^ "Reality TV, CNX, TV5 arrive in EPG". Digital Spy. 10 October 2002.
  2. ^ "Reality TV to launch timeshift channel". Digital Spy. 26 January 2005.
  3. ^ "Extra Time for Zone Vision as it Launches Reality Extra Channel" (Press release). Zonemedia. 13 February 2006. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Reality Extra from Reality TV". The Airwaves. 15 February 2006. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Zone Vision unveils new unified branding". Digital Spy. 20 June 2006.
  6. ^ "Revamped Zone Thriller to move up EPG". Digital Spy. 20 June 2008.
  7. ^ "CBS to launch UK channels with Chellomedia". Broadcastnow. 14 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Local TV: Are you local? – Page 359 – TV Forum". tvforum.uk.
  9. ^ "Local TV: Are you local? – Page 369 – TV Forum". tvforum.uk.
  10. ^ "Home Page". Liverpool. 17 December 2020.
  11. ^ "AMC NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL UK UNVEILS A FRESH AND COHESIVE NEW LOOK FOR ITS UK PORTFOLIO OF CHANNELS AND STREAMING SERVICES". amcnetworks.com. 31 October 2023.