Dusk (TV channel)

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Dusk TV.svg
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001
ClosedMarch 23, 2012
Owned byCorus Entertainment (51% & managing partner)
Shaw Media (49%)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledScream (2001–2009)
Replaced byABC Spark and YTV (TV channel)'s website

Dusk (formerly Scream) was a Canadian pay television channel owned by Corus Entertainment and Shaw Media. Dusk broadcast programming consisting of films, television dramas, and reality TV, and documentary-style television series from the thriller, suspense and supernatural genres.


In November 2000, Corus, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called HorrorVision, which would be devoted primarily to the horror and thriller genres.[1]

The channel was launched as Scream on September 7, 2001 as a joint venture between Corus Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis. Programming on Scream focused primarily on horror, thriller, and suspense films and television series.

Logo used when under SCREAM brand (2001–2009)

On January 18, 2008,[2] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media,[3] acquired 49% of Scream through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[4]

On September 9, 2009, Scream was re-launched as Dusk, shifting away from horror to focus more broadly on paranormal and suspense-driven programming (such as Supernatural and mainstream film premieres such as Along Came a Spider), to appeal to a broader viewer demographic such as women.[5]

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed once again as Shaw Communications gained a 49% stake in Scream as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[6][7]

On February 10, 2012, Dusk revealed through an announcement via its Twitter and Facebook accounts, that it would be ceasing operations on March 23, 2012.[8][9] A statement later announced on the channel's website stated the channel was being shuttered for strategic reasons in an effort to concentrate on "areas of expertise."[10] Corus later indicated more specifically, through CRTC filings, that Dusk was discontinued in order to proceed with the launch of ABC Spark, such that Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct could carry the latter while complying with the CRTC's "3:1 ratio" policy (which limits the proportion of specialty channels carried from companies affiliated with a particular service provider).[11]

The last program aired on Dusk was the 1990 film Ghost, which was aired in a 24-hour marathon on March 22; the changeover to ABC Spark took place at 6:00am ET on March 23, 2012.


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-527 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
  3. ^ Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
  4. ^ CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Archived April 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Investor Point 2007-08-15
  5. ^ Kuburas, Melita (June 26, 2009). "Scream TV to lose gore after Dusk falls this September". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  6. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media
  7. ^ CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived December 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Dusk Twitter page
  9. ^ Dusk Facebook page
  10. ^ Corus pulls plug on Dusk Archived 2012-07-30 at Archive.today Cartt.ca 2012-03-27
  11. ^ Corus Entertainment. "CRTC Application 2012-0197-0 (.zip format)". Retrieved 2012-04-11.