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Court TV is a digital broadcast network and former American cable television channel. It was originally launched in 1991 with a focus on crime-themed programs such as true crime documentary series, legal dramas, and coverage of prominent criminal cases. In 2008, the original cable channel became TruTV. The channel relaunched on May 8, 2019 as a digital broadcast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company.

Court TV
TypeDigital over-the-air television network
Country
United States
Availability
FoundedDecember 14, 1990
SloganJoin The Investigation
Your Front Row Seat to Justice
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
OwnerKatz Broadcasting, LLC
(E. W. Scripps Company)
ParentCourt TV Media LLC
Key people
  • John Alleva
  • Scott Tufts
  • (vice presidents and managing editors)
  • Vinnie Politan
  • (primetime anchor)
Launch date
  • July 1, 1991; 28 years ago (1991-07-01) (cable broadcast)
  • May 8, 2019; 6 months ago (2019-05-08) (digital broadcast)
Picture format
AffiliatesList of Court TV affiliates
Official website
www.courttv.com
Notes
[1]

HistoryEdit

Cable television channelEdit

The Courtroom Television Network, or Court TV for short, was launched on July 1, 1991 at 6:00 am Eastern Time, and was available to three million subscribers.[2] Its original anchors were Vinnie Politan, Fred Graham, Cynthia McFadden, and Terry Moran. The network was born out of two competing projects to launch cable channels with live courtroom proceedings, the American Trial Network from Time Warner and American Lawyer Media, and In Court from Cablevision and NBC. Both projects were present at the National Cable Television Association in June 1990.[3] Rather than trying to establish two competing networks, the projects were combined on December 14, 1990. Liberty Media would join the venture in 1991. The network's first logo consisted of a rectangle with the word "COURT", and the letters "TV" below, with a line underneath. The network's second logo ran from 1999 to 2005. The network's third and final logo ran from 2005 to 2007.

The channel originally consisted of live courtroom trials that were interspersed with anchors and reporters. It was led by law writer Steven Brill, who later left the network in 1997. The network came into its own during the Menendez brothers' first trial in 1994, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995. In 1998, NBC sold its share of the network to Time Warner. That same year, Court TV began running several original and acquired programs in prime time, such as Homicide: Life on the Street, Cops, and Forensic Files.

Recognizing the growth of its primetime programming, Court TV announced in 2005 that it would split its programming into two brands. Daytime trial coverage was branded as Court TV News, while other dayparts were branded under the tagline Seriously Entertaining; this programming would feature new reality television series focusing on crime-oriented topics. In January 2006, the network launched a male-targeted programming block known as "RED", an abbreviation of "Real. Exciting. Dramatic."[4][5]

Time Warner bought full control of Court TV in 2006 and began running it as part of the company's Turner Broadcasting System division. The buyout of Court TV marked Time Warner's first television network acquisition, rather than a sale, since the acquisition of Turner in 1996.[citation needed] On July 11, 2007, it was announced that Court TV would be relaunched as truTV on January 1, 2008. The new brand was intended to accompany a larger shift towards action-oriented reality series which did not necessarily involve crime or law enforcement. The change was made on January 1, 2008.

Reruns of Court TV series have since aired on HLN (primarily Forensic Files), and have also been syndicated to the over-the-air digital network Justice Network. With changes to HLN's programming strategy and the growing popularity of the genre, the network began to produce and premiere more original true crime programs in 2017.[6][7][8][9]

Broadcast television networkEdit

On December 10, 2018, Katz Broadcasting (owned by the E. W. Scripps Company) announced that they would relaunch Court TV as an over-the-air network following the acquisition of the intellectual property rights to the Court TV name and the pre-2008 Court TV original programming library from Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros. Entertainment.[10] Scripps announced affiliation deals with Tribune Media and Univision Communications at that date, in addition to existing Scripps-owned stations.[10] Further deals with Meredith Corporation, Nexstar Media Group (which was in the process of acquiring Tribune; the deal closed in September 2019), Tegna, and Quincy Media were announced on May 2, 2019.[11]

The relaunched Court TV features live court coverage with original Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan as lead anchor, Court TV and CNN producers John Alleva and Scott Tufts as vice presidents and managing editors. The network began broadcasting on May 8, 2019. The first live court room coverage was the Covington, Georgia, trial of parents who after reporting their newborn baby missing in 2017 were later charged with murder. In September, they plan on covering the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial.[12]

AffiliatesEdit

Current affiliatesEdit

City of license/market Station[13] Virtual
channel
Primary
affiliation
(on main channel)
Owner Notes

AlabamaEdit

Birmingham WIAT 42.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Dothan WDFX-TV 34.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcast Group
Huntsville W34EY-D 38.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Mobile WKRG-TV 5.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Montgomery WIYC 48.3 Cozi TV Woods Communications

ArizonaEdit

Phoenix KNXV-TV 15.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Sierra Vista (Tuscon) KWBA-TV 58.4 The CW

ArkansasEdit

Fayetteville KFFS-CD 36.1 Court TV KTV Media, LLC
Fort Smith KFLU-LD 20.2 The Country Network HC2 Broadcasting

CaliforniaEdit

Bakersfield KERO-TV 23.2 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
KABE-CD 39.2 Univision Univision Communications
KUVI-DT 45.5 Justice Network
El Centro (Yuma, AZ) KVYE 7.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Los Angeles KHIZ-LD 39.1 Court TV HC2 Holdings
KTLA 5.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Monterey-Salinas KMMD-CD 39.1 Court TV CNZ Communications
Palm Springs KPSE-LD 50.4 MyNetworkTV Entravision Communications
Sacramento KTXL 40.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
San Diego KSWB-TV 69.3
San Francisco KRON-TV 4.4 MyNetworkTV
Santa Barbara KSBY 6.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company

ColoradoEdit

Denver KWGN-TV 2.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Pueblo (Colorado Springs) KOAA-TV 5.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company

ConnecticutEdit

Hartford WCCT-TV 20.2 The CW Tegna Launched October 28, 2019[14]

District of ColumbiaEdit

Washington, D.C. WZRB-LD 31.1 Court TV DC Broadcasting, Inc.

FloridaEdit

Cape Coral-Fort Myers WFTX-TV 36.5 Fox E. W. Scripps Company
WGPS-LP 22.6 Cozi TV HC2 Broadcasting
Jacksonville WTLV 12.4 NBC Tegna
Miami WSFL-TV 39.4 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Panama City WPGX 28.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcast Group
Sarasota (Tampa) WSNN-LD 39.2 Independent Citadel Communications
Stuart (West Palm Beach) WHDT 9.1 Court TV E. W. Scripps Company
Tallahassee WTXL-TV 27.5 ABC
Tampa WFLA-TV 8.2 NBC Nexstar Media Group
WFTS-TV 28.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company

GeorgiaEdit

Atlanta WPCH-TV 17.2 Independent Meredith Corporation
Augusta WFXG 54.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcasting Group
Savannah WGCB-LD 35.1 Court TV Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC
WSAV-TV 3.3 NBC Nexstar Media Group
Summerville/Trion (Chattanooga, TN) WKSY-LD 21.7 Independent Altennga Broadcasting

HawaiiEdit

Honolulu KHON-TV 2.4 Fox Nexstar Media Group

IdahoEdit

Nampa (Boise) KIVI-TV 6.5 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Twin Falls KSAW-LD 51.5

IllinoisEdit

Champaign-Springfield WQCA-LD 16.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Chicago WGN-TV 9.3 Independent Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Harrisburg (Paducah, KY) WSIL-TV 3.4 ABC Quincy Media
Rockford WREX 13.4 NBC

IndianaEdit

Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.4 The CW Quincy Media
Indianapolis WXIN 59.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Elkhart (South Bend) WSJV 28.4 Heroes & Icons Quincy Media

IowaEdit

Cedar Rapids-Waterloo KWWL 7.4 NBC Quincy Media
Des Moines WHO-DT 13.4 Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Sioux City KTIV 4.4 Quincy Media

KansasEdit

Derby (Wichita) KDCU-DT 31.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Pittsburg (Joplin, MO) KPJO-LD 49.1 MyNetworkTV (secondary affiliation) HC2 Broadcasting

KentuckyEdit

Bowling Green WCZU-LD 39.1 MyNetworkTV (secondary affiliation) HC2 Broadcasting
Lexington WLEX-TV 18.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Louisville WHAS-TV 11.4 ABC Tegna

LouisianaEdit

Lafayette KATC 3.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
New Orleans WNOL-TV 38.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
West Monroe (Monroe) KMCT-TV 39.3 Religious independent First Assembly of God of West Monroe

MassachusettsEdit

Boston WUTF-TV 27.5 UniMas Entravision Communications
New Bedford (Providence, RI) WLNE-TV 6.4 ABC Standard Media

MichiganEdit

Detroit WXYZ-TV 7.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Flint WUWB-LD 20.1 Court TV M33 Media
Grand Rapids WXMI 17.3 Fox E. W. Scripps Company Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Lansing WSYM-TV 47.5

MinnesotaEdit

Duluth KDLH 3.4 The CW Quincy Media
Minneapolis-St. Paul KARE 11.2 NBC Tegna Inc.
Rochester KTTC 10.4 Quincy Media
KWJM-LD 15.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting

MississippiEdit

Jackson WJTV 12.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Pascagoula (Biloxi) WXVO-LD 7.5 Antenna TV NCN Cable Advertising

MissouriEdit

Kansas City WDAF-TV 4.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Poplar Bluff (Paducah, KY) KPOB-TV 15.4 ABC Quincy Media
Springfield KRFT-LD 8.1 Court TV Craft Broadcasting
St. Louis KPLR-TV 11.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group Previously channel 11.4

MontanaEdit

Billings KHMT 4.2 Fox Nexstar Media Group

NebraskaEdit

Omaha KAJS-LD 33.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting

NevadaEdit

Las Vegas KTNV-TV 13.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Reno KREN-TV 27.5 Univison Entravision Communications

New JerseyEdit

Middletown Township (New York, NY) WJLP 33.5 MeTV PMCM TV

New MexicoEdit

Albuquerque KLUZ-TV 14.4 Univison Entravision Communications

New YorkEdit

Binghamton WBNG-TV 12.4 CBS Quincy Media
Buffalo WIVB-TV 4.2 Nexstar Media Group
Gloversville (Albany) WFNY-CD 48.5 Antenna TV Michael A. Sleezer
New York City WPIX 11.3 The CW E. W. Scripps Company Launched October 28, 2019[14]

North CarolinaEdit

Charlotte WCNC-TV 36.3 NBC Tegna
Greensboro-High Point WGHP 8.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Previously channel 8.4
Raleigh WNCN 17.2 CBS

OhioEdit

Cincinnati WCPO-TV 9.2 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Cleveland WEWS-TV 5.4
Columbus WCMH-TV 4.2 NBC Nexstar Media Group
WCSN-LD 32.2 Movies! Columbus TV, LLC
Toledo WUPW 36.4 Fox Tegna

OklahomaEdit

Oklahoma City KAUT-TV 43.4 Independent Nexstar Media Group
Tulsa KJRH-TV 2.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company

OregonEdit

Portland KRCW-TV 32.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
KRCW-LP

PennsylvaniaEdit

Altoona (Johnstown) WKBS-TV 47.2 Cornerstone Television Cornerstone Television
Greensburg (Pittsburgh) WPCB-TV 40.2
Middleburg (Harrisburg) WHLZ-LD 19.2
Philadelphia WPHL-TV 17.3 MyNetworkTV Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Red Lion (Harrisburg) WLZH-LD 18.2 Dark Sonshine Family Television

Puerto RicoEdit

Villalba W16CW-D 16.1 Court TV TV Red Puerto Rico

South CarolinaEdit

Beaufort (Savannah, GA) WSCG-LD 14.1 Court TV Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC
Charleston WHDC-LD 12.1
Greenville WGGS-TV 16.7 Religious independent Carolina Christian Broadcasting
Sumter (Columbia) WKTC 63.6 MyNetworkTV WBHQ Columbia

TennesseeEdit

Chattanooga WYHB-CD 39.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Jackson WYJJ-LD 27.1
Knoxville WKNX-TV 7.3 Independent Lockwood Broadcasting Group
Nashville WSMV-TV 4.4 NBC Meredith Corporation

TexasEdit

Amarillo KAOU-LD 15.3 The Country Network HC2 Broadcasting
Dallas-Fort Worth KDAF 33.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
El Paso KINT-TV 26.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Harlingen KNVO 48.5
Houston KEHO-LD 32.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
KIAH 39.5 The CW Nexstar Media Group
Laredo KLDO-TV 27.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Lubbock KLBK-TV 13.2 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Odessa KUPB 18.5 Univision Entravision Communications
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.5 Univision Communications
Tyler KPKN-LD 33.3 Buzzr HC2 Broadcasting
Waco KXXV 25.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company

UtahEdit

Ogden (Salt Lake City) KUCW 30.4 The CW Nexstar Media Group

VirginiaEdit

Norfolk WTKR 3.2 CBS E. W. Scripps Company Launched October 28, 2019[14]

WashingtonEdit

Seattle-Tacoma KCPQ 13.2 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[14]
Spokane KREM 2.3 CBS Tegna

WisconsinEdit

Crandon WMOW 4.4 ABC Quincy Media
Eagle River WYOW 34.4
Eau Claire-La Crosse WQOW 18.4
WXOW 19.4
Green Bay WGBA-TV 26.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Madison WKOW 27.4 ABC Quincy Media
Milwaukee WMKE-CD 21.1 Court TV CNZ Communications
WTMJ-TV 4.5 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Wausau WAOW 9.4 ABC Quincy Media

ProgrammingEdit

Court TV currently shows gavel to gavel live trial coverage during the day. Yodit Tewolde anchors trial coverage from 9 AM to Noon, Julie Grant anchors from Noon to 3 PM, and Seema Iyer anchors from 3 to 6 PM,[12] all times EDT.

Vinnie Politan anchors Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan weeknights from 6 to 9 PM ET.[12]

Court TV's original programming traditionally consisted of reality legal programming and legal dramas, such as legal-based news shows, legal-based talk shows, live homicide trial coverage, court shows, police force shows, and other criminal justice programming. The channel also carried a week-daily news block, In Session (the successor to Court TV News), which provided live coverage of trials, legal news and details of highly publicized crimes Monday through Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. ET (except during national holidays, with reruns of the channel's reality programming airing in place of the block on such days). Its coverage included analysis from anchors and guests to help viewers understand legal proceedings. In Session also ran a blog, Sidebar, where the In Session team posted updated legal news and analysis.

Spin-offsEdit

On September 30, 2019, Escape was rebranded as Court TV Mystery, serving as an extension to the Court TV brand.[15]

Former spin-offsEdit

Canadian versionEdit

 
Court TV Canada Logo

Court TV Canada, a Canadian version of the channel under its previous format, owned by CHUM Limited (and later acquired by CTVglobemedia which then sold its assets to Bell Canada under the Bell Media subsidiary), launched on September 7, 2001. Unlike its U.S. counterpart, it did not re-brand under the TruTV name and continued to operate as Court TV until August 30, 2010, when, as part of a wider licensing agreement with Discovery Communications and CTV, Court TV was replaced by Investigation Discovery (Canada).

The U.S. version of Court TV had earlier been approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as an eligible foreign channel in 1997, and indeed, had been carried by several Canadian service providers prior to the launch of the domestic service.[16]

WebsitesEdit

In 2001, Court TV purchased The Smoking Gun, a website that focuses on legal items such as mug shots and other public documents pertaining to famous individuals and cases. The site remained a property of the company through the rebranding to TruTV, but was sold back to its founder in 2014.[17]

Court TV purchased the website Crime Library, which provided detailed information about infamous crimes and how they were solved, in 2001. The website remained an actively updated property until 2014 and was taken offline in 2015.

RadioEdit

On February 3, 2003, Court TV Plus debuted on Sirius Satellite Radio, featuring audio from Court TV programs. Launched on Channel 134, it was moved in September 2005 and aired on Channel 110 until the channel ceased operations on January 1, 2008.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Petski, Denise & Hayes, Dade (April 15, 2019). "Court TV Reboot Sets May Launch Date Via E.W. Scripps' Katz Networks; Unveils Programming Lineup". Deadline.
  2. ^ Winfrey, Lee (July 7, 1991). "Courtroom network banks on real-life drama". The Pittsburgh Press.
  3. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (1990-06-03). "TELEVISION; Fledgling Cable Networks Are Poised for Flight". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  4. ^ Becker, Anne (2007-10-28). "COVER STORY: Court TV Details New truTV Brand". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  5. ^ Martin, Denise (2005-07-15). "Court TV unveils evening docket". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  6. ^ Steinberg, Brian (March 13, 2017). "HLN Will Add S.E. Cupp as Host, Introduce New Original Series on Friday Nights (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Poggi, Jeanine (May 1, 2017). "A News Network With No Trump Bump, HLN Pivots Once Again". Advertising Age. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Buckman, Adam (April 21, 2016). "'Forensic Files' And 'The First 48' Are TV's Hard-Boiled Champions". MediaPost. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (January 20, 2015). "Schiffman, Ford outline vision for Justice". RealScreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (2018-12-10). "Court TV Brand to Resurface as New Channel From Scripps Co". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  11. ^ "Court TV Adds More Multi-Platform Distribution - Cable, 48 Broadcast Markets Plus Apple TV, Roku®, Amazon Fire TV - As Iconic Brand Readies for Return May 8 at 9:00 a.m. (ET)". Court TV. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  12. ^ a b c Dalton, Andrew (May 7, 2019). "Court TV pounds gavel again as all-trial channel is reborn". Las Vegas Sun. Associated Press. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  13. ^ "Stations for Network - Court TV". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Court TV Launches On 19 Stations". TV News Check. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  15. ^ "Katz Rebranding Escape Net as Court TV Mystery", Broadcasting & Cable, 18 September 2019, Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Public Notice CRTC 1997-96". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  17. ^ "Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss: A Note From TSG World Headquarters". The Smoking Gun.

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