|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Owned by||Stornoway Communications|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Sister channel(s)||The Pet Network|
|Bell TV||Channel 514|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 593|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant TV||Channel 302|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 514|
|Optik TV||Channel 98|
ichannel is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Stornoway Communications. Its programs focus on public, social and current affairs. Its programming includes films, documentaries, and talk shows.
In November 2000, a partnership between Stornoway Communications and Cogeco was granted a category 1 television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) called The Issues Channel, described as "a national English-language specialty television service dedicated to public affairs programming, that will examine matters of public interest and concern in an engaging format."
The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as ichannel.
In January 2004, the CRTC approved an application for Stornoway to acquire Cogeco's interest in the service.
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