documentary (TV channel)

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Documentary logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (82% & managing partner)
National Film Board of Canada (14%)
4 independent producers (1% each)[1]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Free Your Mind
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Documentary Channel (2001 - 2008)
Website documentary
Bell TV Channel 336 (SD)
Channel 1310 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 513 (SD)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings
Bell Aliant TV Channel 562 (SD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 336 (SD)
MTS Channel 264 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 205 (SD)
SaskTel Channel 86 (SD)

Documentary (stylized documentary) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the National Film Board of Canada and four other independent producers. Its programming is devoted to featuring documentary films along with select television series.


Licensed as The Canadian Documentary Channel on November 24, 2000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC); it was launched as the Documentary Channel on September 7, 2001 under the majority ownership of Corus Entertainment along with the current owners.

On May 11, 2006, Corus Entertainment announced that it would sell its 53% majority stake in the service to the CBC; bringing the CBC's interest to 82% from its former 29%. Corus decided to sell its interest in the service because it stated documentaries were considered a non-core asset and it wanted to further focus its attention on core assets; youth, women's related programming and films.[2] On June 22, 2007 the CRTC approved the deal and the transaction was completed.

On March 27, 2008 at 12:01 a.m. EST, the Documentary Channel changed its name to simply, Documentary, along with a new logo and on-air format.

Documentary HD[edit]

On April 1, 2011 the CBC launched Documentary HD, a high definition feed simulcasting the standard definition feed. It is available on Rogers Cable, EastLink, Bell TV and Bell Fibe TV.


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2001 – 2008 2008 – present

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 4 independent producers are: Omni Film Productions Limited, Cinenova Productions Inc., E1 Television and Galafilm Inc.
  2. ^ CBC buys into doc channel; Playback Magazine; 2006-05-29

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