The Biography Channel (Canada)

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The Biography Channel
The Biography Channel.svg
The Biography Channel logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Rogers Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan True Story
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website The Biography Channel
Bell TV Channel 622
Shaw Direct Channel 157
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
FibreOP Channel 297
Bell Fibe TV Channel 622
MTS Channel 271
Optik TV Channel 149
SaskTel Channel 82

The Biography Channel is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel. It primarily features biographies on famous people and events throughout history and today including predominantly celebrities and also politicians, historical figures and more; Other programming includes documentary series and reality programs. The Biography Channel is wholly owned by Rogers Media.


Licensed as The Biography Channel by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on November 24, 2000; the channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as a joint venture between Rogers Media (33.34%), Shaw Communications (33.33%) and A&E Television Networks (33.33%). In 2006, both Shaw and A&E sold their interests in the channel to Rogers. As a legal entity the channel's name is used under licence from A&E Television Networks, now known as A+E Networks, which no longer holds an interest in this channel.

On February 18, 2008, the Biography Channel updated its on-air appearance to match its international counterparts. In December 2013, A+E Networks announced that the U.S version will be rebranded as FYI, a contemporary lifestyle network, on July 8, 2014.[1][2][3][4] In June 2014, it was reported that Twist TV, owned by Shaw Media, will be rebranded as a Canadian version of FYI.[5]


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2001–2008 2008–present

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  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 27, 2014). "FYI Unveils Primetime Lineup For July Premiere". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2014). "FYI Greenlights Six Series and Two Pilots to Production". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 11, 2013). "A+E Networks' Bio Renamed FYI As It Converts Into Lifestyle Network". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 11, 2013). "A+E Networks Rebranding Bio Channel as New Network 'FYI'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Shaw Media announces fall lineup, pushes new dramas on Global

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