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ichannel logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Stornoway Communications
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Intelligent Television
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) The Pet Network
Website ichannel
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
MTS Channel 282
Optik TV Channel 98
SaskTel Channel 67

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.


Original logo used from 2001 - 2004

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."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as ichannel.[2]

In January 2004, the CRTC approved an application for Stornoway to acquire Cogeco's interest in the service.[3]

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  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-463 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Stornoway acquires Movieola New Technology Magazine 2001-10-03
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2004-2 CRTC 2004-01-07

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