Discovery Kids (Canada)

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Discovery Kids
Discovery Kids Canada.png
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
Sister channel(s) YTV
Treehouse TV

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

It was a Canadian version of the U.S. cable channel of the same name (now known as Discovery Family), which aired children's programming oriented towards nature, science, and technology subjects.

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] with the Earth Science for Children episode "All About Fossils" as the first program to air on the channel. 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] Discovery had announced that it would also relaunch the U.S. version of the network in a joint venture with Hasbro.[5][6]

Programming[edit]

Former[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-525 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ DISCOVERY KIDS LAUNCHES WITH A UNIQUE BLEND OF “EDU-TAINMENT” Corus Entertainment press release 2001-08-08
  3. ^ Corus optimistic for fiscal 2010; The Hollywood Reporter; 2009-09-28
  4. ^ Corus is shuttering Discovery Kids, they will re-brand the Sex TV and Drive-In Classics channels; Cartt.ca; 2009-09-30
  5. ^ Flint, Joe (January 14, 2010). "Discovery and Hasbro Name New Kids Channel "The Hub"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 30, 2009). "Hasbro Nabs Discovery Kids Stake". Variety. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 

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