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BookTelevision logo.svg
BookTelevision logo
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001
Owned byBell Media
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Bell TVChannel 529
Shaw DirectChannel 594
Available on many Canadian cable systemsCheck local listings
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 294
Bell Fibe TVChannel 529
Bell MTSChannel 305
Optik TVChannel 741
SaskTelChannel 63
HuronTel Digital TVChannel 362
VMediaChannel 273
ZazeenChannel 130

BookTelevision is a Canadian, English-language, Category A specialty channel that broadcasts programming relating to books, literature, and various media. It is owned by Bell Media.


In November 2000, Learning and Skills Television of Alberta, a company majority owned by CHUM Limited (60%), was awarded a category 1 television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) called BookTelevision - The Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 1 specialty television service that will feature magazines and talk shows, dramas and documentaries that are exclusively based upon printed and published works, and offered with additional programming that provides an educational context and promotes reading."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001.[2] Although, shortly after the channel's launch, "The Channel" was dropped from its name and logo, resulting in a name change to simply BookTelevision.

On February 15, 2005, CHUM completed the purchase of the remaining interest in LSTA, bringing its ownership to 100 percent.[2] A year later, in July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later renamed CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was LSTA and its interest in BookTelevision.[3] The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007,[4] with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007. In 2008, LSTA (then known as Access Media Group) was wound up into CTV Limited (the renamed CHUM Limited).[5]

On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD.[6] The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011[7] and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.[8]


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-451, CRTC, 2000-12-14
  2. ^ a b The history of CHUM Globe and Mail article 2006-06-12
  3. ^ Bell Globemedia acquires CHUM Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine; Fasken Martineau; 2006-07-12
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165; CRTC; 2007-06-08
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-141, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 14 July 2008
  6. ^ Bell Canada (2010-09-10). "Bell to acquire 100% of Canada's No.1 media company CTV". CNW Group. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  7. ^ CRTC approves BCE's purchase of CTVglobemedia Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Bell completes acquisition of CTV, launches Bell Media business unit CNW 2011-04-01

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