Slice (TV channel)

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Slice
Slice 2017.png
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1995
Owned byAlliance Atlantis (1995–2008)
CW Media
(2008–2010)
Shaw Media
(2010–2016)
Corus Entertainment
(2016–present)
(Life Network Inc.)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(2013–present)
480i (SDTV)
(1995–present)
Slogan#SliceUpYourLife
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledLife Network (1995–2007)
Sister channel(s)W Network
WebsiteSlice
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 601 (SD)
Channel 1704 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 562 (SD)
80 / 580 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systemsCheck local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 272 (SD)
Channel 448 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 601 (SD)
Channel 1601 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 131 (SD)
Channel 1131 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 331 (HD)
Channel 9331 (SD)
SaskTelChannel 101 (SD)
Channel 401 (HD)
VMediaChannel 41 (SD)
Zazeen TVChannel 120 (HD)
"Life Network" redirects here. For the earlier, now-defunct Canadian television network of similar name, see The Life Channel.

Slice is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment.

Slice broadcasts lifestyle and entertainment programming aimed at women in the form of reality television series, documentaries, talk shows, and other features. Program topics typically focus on such areas as fashion and beauty, entertainment, health, finance, and relationships.

History[edit]

Life Network[edit]

In June 1994, Your Channel Television Inc., a company majority owned by Atlantis Television Ventures Inc. (Atlantis Communications), was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called YOU: Your Channel, described at the time as broadcasting "programming consisting of documentaries and information programming." The channel was grouped into five themes, ""Habitat" stressing programming for the home and environment; "Bodyworks" covering fitness, health and nutrition; "Food Plus" including programs related to cooking and food; "Explorations" dealing with travel, adventure and nature; and "Relationships" focusing on parenting, child care, careers and personal relationships."[1]

The channel was launched on January 1, 1995, as Life Network.[2] The channel broadcast programs in themes focusing on such areas as food, gardening, and home design.

In June 1998, Atlantis Communications announced that it planned to merge with Alliance Communications,[3] another fellow television and film producer and broadcaster, owners of History Television and Showcase at the time,[4] to form a new company called Alliance Atlantis Communications. The CRTC approved the merger in May 1999.[4]

Programming on the channel shifted to programming about issues relating to everyday life, mostly in the form of non-competitive reality television, talk shows, as other Alliance Atlantis-owned channels such as HGTV and Food Network launched in 1997 and 2000, respectively.

Slice[edit]

Plans to relaunch the channel as Slice were announced in November 2, 2006 by Alliance Atlantis Communications.[5] The new name and programming reflects Life's shift towards a more entertainment based schedule with what Alliance Atlantis called "addictive" programming. The name was revealed in a 2006 Life Network online survey on future programming strategies. The channel was relaunched on March 5, 2007, although the on-air branding appeared intermittently during a "sneak preview" on March 3 and 4.

On January 18, 2008,[6] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media,[7] acquired control of Slice through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[8] On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of Slice as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[9][10]

On May 29, 2013, Shaw Media launched Slice HD, a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. It is currently available on EastLink, Shaw Direct, Shaw Cable, Bell Fibe TV & Bell TV. In the same year, Slice began using an alternative blue logo for certain programs.

On April 1, 2016, Slice's parent company, Shaw Media, was sold to Corus Entertainment.[11] Since then, Slice has been under the same ownership as Corus' other women's networks, including Cosmopolitan TV, a Category B entertainment channel co-owned by Hearst, the W Network, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

In 2019, the standard definition feed will be removed from Shaw Direct.

Programming[edit]

Alternate logo introduced in 2013

Slice is known to air numerous series from the U.S. cable network, Bravo, in addition to producing several original programs of its own.

Notable series[edit]

Logos[edit]

Lifenetwork old logo.svg Life Network.svg Slice logo.svg Slice 2016 logo.png Slice 2017.png
1995–2003 2003–2007 2007–2016 2016–2017 2017-present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 94-279 CRTC 1994-06-06
  2. ^ Tier Two Turns Ten Mediacaster Magazine 2005-03-01
  3. ^ Merger creates film, TV giant Toronto Star 1998-07-22
  4. ^ a b Decision CRTC 99-106 1999-05-20
  5. ^ Alliance Atlantis To Launch SLICE Broadcaster Magazine 2006-11-02
  6. ^ Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
  7. ^ Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
  8. ^ CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Investor Point 2007-08-15
  9. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ CRTC approves Shaw's purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.

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