|Launched||27 September, 2004|
|Owned by||Sveriges Utbildningsradio
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) (2004-)|
|Audience share||0.9% (2013, MMS)|
|Sister channel(s)||SVT1, SVT2, SVTB, SVT24|
|Digital terrestrial||Channel 98|
|Telia Digital-tv||Channel 13|
Kunskapskanalen (in English: The Knowledge Channel) is a Swedish language television channel broadcasting educational and factual programming between 9 a.m. and 01 a.m. all days of the week. The channel is operated by Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Utbildningsradio (UR) and is broadcast by satellite, cable and digital terrestrial television to Sweden as well as by cable to parts of Finland and terrestrially on Åland. Because Denmark and Sweden borders so close at the Øresund Strait, the channel can also be received over DVB-T in Copenhagen.
The channel was officially opened on 27 September, 2004 and did initially only broadcast between Sundays and Thursdays. Transmissions on Fridays and Saturdays started in January 2006. On weekdays, UR did broadcast between 6-7:30 and 9:30-11 and SVT between 7:30-9:30. On weekends UR started at 6, handing over to SVT at 9. UR use in-vision presenters for their programmes until January 2007, when in-vision continuity was abolished at UR. During the night a simple caption is broadcast. The channel shares space with Barnkanalen, which broadcast in the day-time.
On 1 September, 2007, the channel got new broadcasting hours. Barnkanalen took over the 6-7 slot, while Kunskapskanalen extended its broadcasting time to 1 a.m.
In autumn 2008, Barnkanalen took over yet another hour of broadcast time. From 8 August, 2008, Barnkanalen would broadcast until 7.30, and from on weekdays, and from 25, August 2008, Kunskapskanalen will commence it broadcasts at 8 p.m. every day of the week. SVT also cuts down on the amount of original programming they produce for Kunskapskanalen, letting the channel rerun programmes from SVT2 instead.
Starting January 18, 2010, Kunskapskanalen will have its broadcast hours dramatically increased when it takes over SVT24's channel space. It will then broadcast from 9 a.m. on Weekdays and from 12 p.m. on Weekends. During the daytime, it will broadcast SVT Forum (previously known as 24 Direkt) which broadcasts seminars, debates and coverage of the Riksdag and the European Parliament.
The channel logo has been present since the start and is inspired by the Oscar Reutersvärd impossible figures.
- Official site (Swedish)