Court TV

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Court TV
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Type Digital over-the-air television network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide via OTA digital television
Affiliates List of Court TV affiliates
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Picture format
Owner Scripps Networks, LLC
(E. W. Scripps Company)
ParentCourt TV Media LLC
Key people
  • John Alleva
  • Scott Tufts
  • (vice presidents and managing editors)
  • Vinnie Politan
  • (primetime anchor)
FoundedDecember 14, 1990;33 years ago (1990-12-14) (now TruTV)
May 8, 2019;5 years ago (2019-05-08) (re-founded)
  • July 1, 1991;32 years ago (1991-07-01) (cable broadcast)
  • May 8, 2019;5 years ago (2019-05-08) (digital broadcast)
Founder Steven Brill
ClosedDecember 31, 2007;16 years ago (2007-12-31) (cable broadcast)
Replaced by TruTV (cable broadcast)
Streaming media
Service(s) Frndly TV

Court TV is an American digital broadcast network and former pay-television channel. It was originally launched in 1991 with a focus on crime-themed programs such as the true crime documentary series, legal analysis talk shows, and live news 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 owned by Scripps Networks, a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company. Court TV is also available via streaming and FAST such as YouTube TV and The Roku Channel, and its audio feed is available on Sirius XM channel 793.


As a cable television channel

Cable television channel Courtroom Television Network, known as Court TV, was launched on July 1, 1991, at 6:00 am Eastern Time by founder Steven Brill and was available to three million subscribers. [1] Its original anchors were Jack Ford, Fred Graham, Cynthia McFadden, and Gregg Jarrett. 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. [2] 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 Menéndez 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 , and Forensic Files . In 1999, it acquired the rerun rights to Fox's Cops. [3]

Recognizing the growth of its prime time 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.

Reruns of Court TV series then aired on HLN (primarily Forensic Files ) and the over-the-air digital network True Crime Network (originally known as 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]

As a digital broadcast network

On December 10, 2018, Katz Broadcasting (owned by the E. W. Scripps Company) announced that it 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. Television Studios. [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 channel is also available nationally on Pluto TV and Haystack News.

The relaunched Court TV features live court coverage with former Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan as lead anchor and 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 courtroom coverage was the Covington, Georgia, trial of parents who, after reporting their newborn baby missing in 2017, were later charged with murder. It also featured coverage of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial [12] and the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

In May 2020, the network was picked up for carriage on YouTube TV. [13]

Following Scripps acquisition of Ion Media in 2021, it began to add Court TV to its stations in place of the defunct Qubo, Ion Plus and Ion Shop networks. [14]

Local Affiliates (2019 Version)

City of license/market Station [15] Virtual
(on main channel)


Florence (Huntsville & Tennessee Valley) WHDF 15.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group
Hoover (Birmingham) WPXH-TV 44.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings
(Inyo Broadcast Licenses LLC)
Launched March 1, 2021
Huntsville W34EY-D 38.1Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Mobile WKRG-TV 5.4CBSNexstar Media Group
Ozark (Dothan) WDFX-TV 34.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcast Group
Troy (Montgomery) WIYC 48.4 Cozi TV Woods Communications
Anchorage KDMD 33.6Ion TelevisionKetchikan Television
Fairbanks KATN 2.7ABCVision Alaska LLC


Phoenix KNXV-TV 15.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Sierra Vista (Tucson) KWBA-TV 58.4 The CW
Tolleson (Phoenix) KPPX-TV 51.3Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021


Fayetteville KFFS-CD 36.1Court TVKTV Media, LLC
Fort Smith KFLU-LD 20.2 The Country Network HC2 Broadcasting
Little Rock KTHV 11.2CBS Tegna Inc.


Bakersfield KERO-TV 23.2ABCE. W. Scripps Company
KUVI-DT 45.5 Twist TelevisaUnivision
El Centro (Yuma, AZ) KVYE 7.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Fresno KGPE 47.4CBSNexstar Media Group
KVBC-LP13.1Court TVVentura Broadcasting Company
Los Angeles KHIZ-LD39.1Court TVHC2 Holdings
KTLA 5.3The CWNexstar Media GroupLaunched October 28, 2019 [16]
KPXN-TV 30.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Palm Springs KPSE-LD 50.4 MyNetworkTV Entravision Communications
Sacramento KSPX-TV 29.2Ion Television Ion Media Networks
(Subsidiary of E.W. Scripps Company)
Launched March 1, 2021
Salinas KMMD-CD 39.1Court TVCNZ Communications
San Bernardino (Los Angeles) KPXN-TV 30.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
San Diego KSWB-TV 69.3FoxNexstar Media GroupLaunched October 28, 2019 [16]
San Jose (San Francisco Bay Area) KKPX-TV 65.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
San Luis Obispo (Central Coast) KSBY 6.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company


Denver KPXC-TV 59.3Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Grand Junction KLML 20.1Court TVVentura Broadcasting
Pueblo (Colorado Springs) KOAA-TV 5.2NBCE. W. Scripps Company


New London (Hartford-New Haven) WHPX-TV 26.3Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Waterbury (Hartford) WCCT-TV 20.2The CWTegna Inc.Launched October 28, 2019 [16]


Wilmington (Philadelphia, PA) WDPN-TV 2.2 MeTV Maranatha Broadcasting CompanyLaunched May 1, 2023

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. WPXW-TV 66.3Ion TelevisionIon Media Networks


Bradenton (Tampa Bay Area) WXPX-TV 66.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Cape Coral (Fort Myers) WFTX-TV 36.3FoxE. W. Scripps Company
Daytona Beach (Orlando) WOTF-TV 26.5 UniMás Entravision Communications
Fort Myers WGPS-LD 22.6Cozi TVHC2 Broadcasting
Lake Worth (West Palm Beach) WPXP-TV 67.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Miami WSFL-TV 39.2The CWE. W. Scripps CompanyLaunched October 28, 2019 [16]
Orlando WRDQ 27.2Independent Cox Media Group
Panama City WPGX 28.4FoxLockwood Broadcast Group
Sarasota (Tampa) WSNN-LD 39.4Independent Citadel Communications
WXPX-TV 66.2Ion TelevisionE. W. Scripps Company
Stuart (West Palm Beach) WHDT 9.2Court TV
Tallahassee WTXL-TV 27.5ABC


Atlanta WPCH-TV 17.2The CW Gray Television
Augusta WFXG 54.4FoxLockwood Broadcasting Group
Brunswick (Jacksonville, FL) WPXC-TV 21.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Columbus WLTZ 38.4NBC SagamoreHill Broadcasting
Perry (Macon) WPGA-TV 58.6MeTV Marquee Broadcasting
Rome (Atlanta) WPXA-TV 14.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Savannah WSAV-TV 3.3NBCNexstar Media Group
WGCB-LD 35.1Court TVLowcountry 34 Media, LLC
Summerville/Trion (Chattanooga, TN) WKSY-LD 21.7IndependentAltennga Broadcasting


Kaneohe (Honolulu) KPXO-TV 66.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021


Nampa (Boise) KIVI-TV 6.5ABCE. W. Scripps Company
KTRV-TV 12.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Pocatello (Idaho Falls) KPIF 15.6 Grit Ventura Broadcasting
Twin Falls KSAW-LD 6.5ABCE.W. Scripps CompanyOperates as a semi-satellite station of KIVI-TV


Chicago WCPX-TV 38.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
East St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) WRBU 46.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Harrisburg (Paducah, KY) WSIL-TV 3.4ABC Allen Media Broadcasting
Rock Island (DavenportBettendorf, IA) WHBF-TV 4.2CBSNexstar Media Group
Rockford WREX 13.4NBCAllen Media Broadcasting
Springfield WCQA-LD 16.1Court TVHC2 Broadcasting


Bloomington (Indianapolis) WIPX-TV 63.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Elkhart (South Bend) WSJV 28.4 Heroes & Icons Gray Television
Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.4The CW


Des Moines WHO-DT 13.4NBCNexstar Media GroupLaunched October 28, 2019 [16]
Newton (Des Moines) KFPX-TV 39.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Sioux City KTIV 4.4NBCGray Television
Waterloo (Cedar Rapids) KWWL 7.4Allen Media Broadcasting


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


Bowling Green WCZU-LD 39.1Court TVHC2 Broadcasting
Lexington WLEX-TV 18.4NBCE. W. Scripps Company
Louisville WHAS-TV 11.4ABCTegna Inc.
Richmond (Lexington) WUPX-TV 67.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021


Baton Rouge K29LR-D 47.1CourtTV DTV America
Lafayette KATC 3.4ABCE. W. Scripps Company
Lake Charles KSWL-LD 17.3CBSSagamoreHill Broadcasting
West Monroe (Monroe) KMCT-TV 39.3 Religious independent First Assembly of God of West Monroe


Lewiston (Portland) WIPL 35.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021


Baltimore WMAR-TV 2.5ABCE. W. Scripps Company
Salisbury WGDV-LD 32.7 Azteca América Marquee Broadcasting


New Bedford (Providence, RI) WLNE-TV 6.4ABC Standard Media
WLWC 28.1Court TVInyo Broadcast Holdings
Springfield WGGB-TV 40.3ABCGray Television
Woburn WDPX-TV 58.1Court TVIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Operates as a satellite station of WBPX-TV
Worcester (Boston) WUTF-TV 27.5UniMasEntravision Communications


Ann Arbor (Detroit) WPXD-TV 31.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Battle Creek (Grand Rapids) WZPX-TV 43.2
Bay City (Saginaw/Flint) WNEM-TV 5.5CBSGray TelevisionLaunched February 27, 2020
Detroit WXYZ-TV 7.4ABCE. W. Scripps Company
Lake City WMNN-LD 26.8 NewsNet Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.
Lansing WSYM-TV 47.5FoxE.W. Scripps CompanyOctober 28, 2019 [16]
Marquette WZMQ 19.6MeTV Lilly Broadcasting


Duluth KDLH 3.4The CWGray Television
Minneapolis-St. Paul KARE 11.2NBCTegna Inc.
Rochester KTTC 10.4Gray Television


Cleveland WHCQ-LD8.3 Antenna TV Ellington Broadcasting
Jackson WJTV 12.4CBSNexstar Media Group
Pascagoula (Biloxi) WXVO-LD 7.5Antenna TVNCN Cable Advertising


Columbia-Jefferson City KGKM-LD36.3 Telemundo SagamoreHill BroadcastingLaunched January 10, 2022
Kansas City KPXE-TV 50.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Poplar Bluff (Paducah, KY) KPOB-TV 15.4ABCAllen Media Broadcasting
Springfield KRFT-LD 8.1Court TVCraft Broadcasting
KSPR-LD 33.4ABCGray Television
St. Louis KPLR-TV 11.2The CWNexstar Media GroupPreviously channel 11.4


Bozeman KBZK 7.5CBSE. W. Scripps CompanyOperates as a semi-satellite station of KXLF-TV
Butte KXLF-TV 4.5
Great Falls, Montana KTGF-LD 50.3NBCKTVH simulcast
Hardin (Billings) KHMT 4.2FoxNexstar Media Group
Helena KTVH-DT 12.4NBCE. W. Scripps Company
Missoula KPAX-TV 8.5CBS


Omaha KMTV-TV 3.2CBSE. W. Scripps Company


Laughlin (Las Vegas) KMCC 34.3IndependentE. W. Scripps CompanyLaunched March 1, 2021
Reno KREN-TV 27.5UnivisionEntravision Communications

New Mexico

Albuquerque KLUZ-TV 14.4UnivisionEntravision Communications

New York

Amsterdam (Albany) WYPX-TV 55.3Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Batavia (Buffalo) WPXJ-TV 51.2
Binghamton WBNG-TV 12.4CBSGray Television
New York City WPXN-TV 31.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched April 1, 2023
Syracuse WSPX-TV 56.2Launched March 1, 2021
Watertown WVNC-LD 45.5NBCSagamoreHill Broadcasting

North Carolina

Burlington (Greensboro) WGPX-TV 16.3Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Charlotte WCNC-TV 36.3NBCTegna Inc.
Raleigh WRPX-TV 47.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Greenville WEPX-TV 38.2
Greensboro-High Point WGHP 8.3FoxNexstar Media GroupPreviously channel 8.4
Jacksonville WPXU-TV 35.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Operates as a satellite station of WEPX-TV
Rocky Mount (Triangle Region) WRPX-TV 47.2Launched March 1, 2021
Wilmington WSFX-TV 26.2FoxAmerican Spirit Media

North Dakota

Bismarck KNDB 26.9Heroes & IconsBEK Sports Network, Inc.
Minot KNDM 24.9Operates as a semi-satellite station of KNDB
Valley City (Fargo & Grand Forks) KRDK-TV 4.8Cozi TVMajor Market Broadcasting


Cincinnati WCPO-TV 9.2ABCE. W. Scripps Company
Akron-Cleveland WVPX-TV 23.2IonInyo Broadcast Holdings
Columbus WCMH-TV 4.2NBCNexstar Media Group
Toledo WUPW 36.4FoxTegna Inc.


Oklahoma City KOPX-TV 62.3Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Okmulgee (Tulsa) KTPX-TV 44.3Ion Media Networks


Portland KRCW-TV 32.3The CWNexstar Media GroupLaunched October 28, 2019 [16]
Salem (Portland) KPXG-TV 22.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021


Altoona (Johnstown) WKBS-TV 47.2 Cornerstone Television Cornerstone Television
Greensburg (Pittsburgh) WPCB-TV 40.2
Pittsburgh WINP-TV 16.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Scranton (Wilkes-Barre) WQPX-TV 64.3

South Carolina

Beaufort (Savannah, GA) WSCG-LD 14.1Court TVLowcountry 34 Media, LLC
Charleston WHDC-LD 12.1
Columbia WZRB 47.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Greenville WGGS-TV 16.7Religious independentCarolina Christian Broadcasting
Sumter (Columbia) WKTC 63.6MyNetworkTVWBHQ Columbia

South Dakota

Sioux Falls KDLT-TV 46.5NBCGray Television


Chattanooga WYHB-CD 39.1Court TVHC2 Broadcasting
Franklin (Nashville) WNPX-TV 28.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Jackson WYJJ-LD 27.1Court TVHC2 Broadcasting
Jellico (Knoxville) WPXK-TV 54.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Kingsport (Tri-Cities) WKPT-TV 19.7Cozi TVGlenwood Communications Corporation
Knoxville WKNX-TV 7.3IndependentLockwood Broadcasting Group
Memphis WPXX-TV 50.2Ion TelevisionInyo Broadcast HoldingsLaunched March 1, 2021
Nashville WSMV-TV 4.4NBCGray Television


Amarillo KAOU-LD 15.3The Country NetworkHC2 Broadcasting
Conroe (Houston) KPXB-TV 49.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Corpus Christi KRIS-TV 6.4NBCE. W. Scripps Company
El Paso KINT-TV 26.5UnivisionEntravision Communications
Houston KEHO-LD 32.1Court TVHC2 Broadcasting
KIAH 39.5The CWNexstar Media Group
Irving (Dallas-Fort Worth) KSTR-DT 49.3UniMasTelevisaUnivision
Laredo KLDO-TV 27.5UnivisionEntravision Communications
Lubbock KLBK-TV 13.2CBSNexstar Media Group
McAllen (Harlingen) KNVO 48.5UnivisionEntravision Communications
Midland (Odessa) KUPB 18.5
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.5TelevisaUnivision
Tyler KPKN-LD 33.3 Buzzr HC2 Broadcasting
Uvalde (San Antonio) KPXL-TV 26.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Waco KXXV 25.4ABCE. W. Scripps Company
Wichita Falls KAUZ-TV 6.5CBSAmerican Spirit Media


Ogden (Salt Lake City) KUCW 30.4The CWNexstar Media Group
Salt Lake City KSTU 13.3FoxE. W. Scripps CompanyLaunched February 1, 2021. Replaced Stadium.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Christiansted (St. Croix) WCVI-TV 23.3CBSLilly Broadcasting


Manassas (Washington, D.C.) WPXW-TV 66.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Norfolk WPXV-TV 49.4Inyo Broadcast Holdings
WTKR 3.2CBSE. W. Scripps CompanyLaunched October 28, 2019 [16]
Richmond WTVR-TV 6.4
Roanoke WPXR-TV 38.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021


Bellevue (Seattle) KWPX-TV 33.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Spokane KREM 2.3CBSTegna Inc.
Tacoma (Seattle) KCPQ 13.2Fox Fox Television Stations Launched October 28, 2019 [16]

West Virginia

Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill WVVA 6.4NBCGray Television
Charleston WLPX-TV 29.2Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
WOCW-LD 21.1Court TVHC2 Broadcasting
Martinsburg WWPX-TV 60.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
Operates as satellite of WPXW-TV, Manassas, VA


Crandon WMOW 4.4ABCAllen Media Broadcasting
Eagle River WYOW 34.4
Eau Claire WQOW 18.4
Green Bay WGBA-TV 26.4NBCE. W. Scripps Company
Kenosha (Milwaukee) WPXE-TV 55.3Ion TelevisionIon Media NetworksLaunched March 1, 2021
La Crosse WXOW 19.4ABCAllen Media Broadcasting
Madison WKOW 27.4
Milwaukee WMKE-CD 21.1Court TVCNZ Communications
WTMJ-TV 4.3NBCE. W. Scripps Company
Wausau WAOW 9.4ABCAllen Media Broadcasting


Court TV currently shows gavel to gavel live news trial coverage under the branding Court TV Live. Ted Rowlands anchors from 9 am to noon, Julie Grant from noon til 3 pm, Ashley Willcott takes over from 3 pm to 6 pm, and Michael Ayala is on from 6 pm until 8 pm. Vinnie Politan anchors Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan from 8 pm to 11 pm and is repeated twice in a row from 11 pm to 5 am.

Court TV's original programming traditionally consisted of reality legal programming and legal drama, 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 news 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.

On August 11, 2020, it was announced that a new original true-crime series titled Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield will premiere on September 13, 2020. [17]

Other media

UK and Ireland

Court TV UK and Ireland
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CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast area United Kingdom, Ireland
HeadquartersLondon, England.
Picture format 16:9 SDTV
OwnerKatz Broadcasting, LLC (E. W. Scripps Company)
Launched8 September 2020;3 years ago (8 September 2020).
Replaced Sony Crime Channel
Streaming media
Court TV Watch online

On 10 August 2020, Court TV began testing on Astra 28.2°E on frequency 11568 V DVB-S QPSK 22 5/6, with the label "54140". [18]

On 1 September 2020, Court TV was added to the EPG on Sky on channel 179 ahead of its official launch on 8 September 2020 as a replacement of Sony Crime Channel, according to on-screen information.

On 15 February 2021, Court TV joined the Freeview television service in the UK with a short-term deal in order to show the trial of Derek Chauvin. [19] [20] It was found on channel 89 [21] and joined the Law & Crime Trial Network as part of the service's offerings (though this other network is currently found as part of the streaming options on channel 271, as it is broadcast via Channelbox). [22] On June 1, 2021, Court TV shut down on Freeview, less than four months after starting, with its channel number de-activated on June 22. [23] [24]

Court TV can also be found on Freesat channel 177 [25]

Former spin-offs

Canadian version

Court TV Canada Logo Court TV Canada Logo.svg
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. [26]


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. [27]

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.

Satellite radio audio simulcast

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. Scripps relaunched it over SiriusXM on May 15, 2020, [28] but again wound it down on April 21, 2022 after expanding the channel's AVOD video availability as duplicative.

Court TV Mystery

On September 30, 2019, the Escape network was rebranded as Court TV Mystery, serving as an extension to the Court TV brand. [29] The network was subsequently rebranded to Ion Mystery on February 24, 2022, with the "Ion" brand now more established regarding procedural dramas in general, including Ion Mystery's overall programming, whereas Court TV is more associated with its news division. [30]

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There are four major forms of digital television (DTV) broadcast in the United Kingdom: a direct-to-home satellite service from the Astra 28.2°E satellites provided by Sky UK, a cable television service provided by Virgin Media ; a free-to-air satellite service called Freesat; and a free-to-air digital terrestrial service called Freeview. In addition, an IPTV system known as BT TV is provided by BT. Individual access methods vary throughout the country. 77% of the United Kingdom has access to HDTV via terrestrial digital television. Satellite is the only source of HDTV broadcast available for the remaining 23%.

High-definition television in the United Kingdom is available via cable, IPTV, satellite and terrestrial television. The first high-definition broadcasts began in late 2005 and since then the number of channels available to view has grown to a maximum of 87 that can be viewed on pay-TV service, Sky.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ion Plus</span> American broadcast television network

Ion Plus is an American free linear television network owned by the Scripps Networks subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company that formerly operated as a broadcast television network until February 28, 2021. The network originally launched in 2007 as Ion Life, maintaining a format featuring lifestyle programming focused on health and wellness, cooking, home decor, and travel. With expanded cable carriage, in 2019, Ion Media converted the network into a general entertainment format that matched that of parent network Ion Television, featuring day-long marathons of various drama series.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ion Mystery</span> American digital multicast TV network

Ion Mystery is an American free-to-air television network owned by the Scripps Networks subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company. It focuses primarily on mystery, true crime, and police/legal procedural programs.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Scripps Networks</span> American digital multicasting network media company

Scripps Networks, LLC, formerly known as Katz Broadcasting, is an American specialized digital multicasting network media company and a division of the E. W. Scripps Company. The company owns eight broadcast television networks, nine FAST streaming networks and a streaming service that each carry programming with specified formats targeted at individual demographics.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Music & Memories</span> Television channel

Music & Memories is a British music television channel available via the Freeview streaming service Channelbox.


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