Discovery Kids (Canada)

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Discovery Kids
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Discovery Kids logo
Launched September 3, 2001
Closed November 1, 2009
Owned by Corus Entertainment (80% & managing partner)
Discovery Communications (20%)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Replaced by Nickelodeon

Discovery Kids was a Canadian English language category 2 digital cable specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment and Discovery Communications.

Discovery Kids aired informative and entertaining programming for children with an emphasis on real-life adventures, nature, technology, science and wildlife from all over the world.

History[edit]

In December 2000, Corus Entertainment, on behalf of an organization to be incorporated, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Discovery Kids, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service that offers children of all ages a fun, entertaining way to satisfy their natural curiosity with stimulating, imaginative programming that asks the questions of how? and why? and awakens the power of the mind."[1]

The channel was launched on September 3, 2001.[2] Discovery Communications purchased a minority stake in the service either prior to or shortly after the channel's launch.

In September 2009, Corus confirmed it would shut down Discovery Kids.[3] The channel was replaced on most service providers on November 2 with Nickelodeon Canada, which however, operates under a licence originally intended for a "YTV OneWorld" network. Because it operates under a separate licence, cable and satellite companies that carried Discovery Kids would not automatically receive the new channel unless they negotiated for carriage.[4]

The final program on Discovery Kids Canada at 5:30 AM that day was Aquateam. During that show, the channel aired promotions of shows airing that week (which ironically never aired due to the changeover to Nickelodeon.) Following that, they aired a non-narrated message promoting the launch of Nickelodeon in the place of Discovery Kids. After a brief short about statues made out of marble glass, the change to Nickelodeon unceremoniously took place at 6AM.

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