Court TV

Court TV is a current digital broadcast network and former American cable television channel. It was originally launched in 1991 with a focus on crime-themed programs such as true crime documentary series, legal dramas, and coverage of prominent criminal cases. In 2008, the original cable channel became TruTV. The channel relaunched on May 8, 2019 as a digital broadcast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company.

Court TV
United States
FoundedDecember 14, 1990
SloganJoin The Investigation
Your Front Row Seat to Justice
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
OwnerCourt TV Media LLC
ParentKatz Broadcasting, LLC
(E. W. Scripps Company)
Key people
  • John Alleva
  • Scott Tufts
  • (vice presidents and managing editors)
  • Vinnie Politan
  • (primetime anchor)
Launch date
  • July 1, 1991 (cable broadcast)
  • May 8, 2019 (digital broadcast) [1]
Picture format
Official website


Cable television channel

The Courtroom Television Network, or Court TV for short, was launched on July 1, 1991 at 6:00 am Eastern Time, and was available to three million subscribers.[2] Its original anchors were Vinnie Politan, Fred Graham, Cynthia McFadden, and Terry Moran. The network was born out of two competing projects to launch cable channels with live courtroom proceedings, the American Trial Network from Time Warner and American Lawyer Media, and In Court from Cablevision and NBC. Both projects were present at the National Cable Television Association in June 1990.[3] Rather than trying to establish two competing networks, the projects were combined on December 14, 1990. Liberty Media would join the venture in 1991. The network's first logo consisted of a rectangle with the word "COURT", and the letters "TV" below, with a line underneath. The network's second logo ran from 1999 to 2005. The network's third and final logo ran from 2005 to 2007.

The channel originally consisted of live courtroom trials that were interspersed with anchors and reporters. It was led by law writer Steven Brill, who later left the network in 1997. The network came into its own during the Menendez brothers' first trial in 1994, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995. In 1998, NBC sold its share of the network to Time Warner. That same year, Court TV began running several original and acquired programs in prime time, such as Homicide: Life on the Street, Cops, and Forensic Files.

Recognizing the growth of its primetime programming, Court TV announced in 2005 that it would split its programming into two brands. Daytime trial coverage was branded as Court TV News, while other dayparts were branded under the tagline Seriously Entertaining; this programming would feature new reality television series focusing on crime-oriented topics. In January 2006, the network launched a male-targeted programming block known as "RED", an abbreviation of "Real. Exciting. Dramatic."[4][5]

Time Warner bought full control of Court TV in 2006 and began running it as part of the company's Turner Broadcasting System division. The buyout of Court TV marked Time Warner's first television network acquisition, rather than a sale, since the acquisition of Turner in 1996. On July 11, 2007, it was announced that Court TV would be relaunched as truTV on January 1, 2008. The new brand was intended to accompany a larger shift towards action-oriented reality series which did not necessarily involve crime or law enforcement. The change was made on January 1, 2008.

Reruns of Court TV series have since aired on HLN (primarily Forensic Files), and have also been syndicated to the over-the-air digital network Justice Network. With changes to HLN's programming strategy and the growing popularity of the genre, the network began to produce and premiere more original true crime programs in 2017.[6][7][8][9]

Broadcast television network

On December 10, 2018, Katz Broadcasting (owned by the E. W. Scripps Company) announced that they will relaunch Court TV as an over-the-air network following the acquisition of the intellectual property rights to the Court TV name and Court TV library from the Turner Broadcasting System.[10] Scripps has announced affiliation deals with Tribune Media (as well as a possibility of Nexstar Media Group stations, pending approval of Nexstar's acquisition of Tribune), and Univision Communications as of that date. Existing Scripps-owned stations are expected to announce affiliation as well.[10]

As part of the relaunched Court TV features live court coverage with original Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan as lead anchor, Court TV and CNN producers John Alleva and Scott Tufts as vice presidents and managing editors. The network began broadcasting on May 8, 2019. The first live court room coverage was the Covington, Georgia, trial of parents who after reporting their newborn baby missing in 2017 were later charged with murder. In September they plan on covering the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial.[11]


Court TV currently shows gavel to gavel live trial coverage during the day. Yodit Tewolde anchors trial coverage from 9 AM to Noon, Julie Grant anchors from Noon to 3 PM, and Seema Iyer anchors from 3 to 6 PM,[11] all times EDT.

Vinnie Politan anchors Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan weeknights from 6 to 9 PM ET.[11]

Court TV's original programming traditionally consisted of reality legal programming and legal dramas, such as legal-based news shows, legal-based talk shows, live homicide trial coverage, court shows, police force shows, and other criminal justice programming. The channel also carried a week-daily news block, In Session (the successor to Court TV News), which provided live coverage of trials, legal news and details of highly publicized crimes Monday through Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. ET (except during national holidays, with reruns of the channel's reality programming airing in place of the block on such days). Its coverage included analysis from anchors and guests to help viewers understand legal proceedings. In Session also ran a blog, Sidebar, where the In Session team posted updated legal news and analysis.



Court TV Canada Logo
Court TV Canada Logo

Court TV Canada, a Canadian version of the channel under its previous format, owned by CHUM Limited (and later acquired by CTVglobemedia which then sold its assets to Bell Canada under the Bell Media subsidiary), launched on September 7, 2001. Unlike its U.S. counterpart, it did not re-brand under the TruTV name and continued to operate as Court TV until August 30, 2010, when, as part of a wider licensing agreement with Discovery Communications and CTV, Court TV was replaced by Investigation Discovery.

The U.S. version of Court TV had earlier been approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as an eligible foreign channel in 1997, and indeed, had been carried by several Canadian service providers prior to the launch of the domestic service.[12]


  1. ^ Denise Petski and Dade Hayes (April 15, 2019). "Court TV Reboot Sets May Launch Date Via E.W. Scripps' Katz Networks; Unveils Programming Lineup". Deadline.
  2. ^ Lee Winfrey (July 7, 1991). "Courtroom network banks on real-life drama". The Pittsburgh Press.
  3. ^ "Fledgling Cable Networks Are Poised for Flight". Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "COVER STORY: Court TV Details New truTV Brand". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  5. ^ Martin, Denise (2005-07-15). "Court TV unveils evening docket". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  6. ^ "HLN Will Add S.E. Cupp as Host, Introduce New Original Series on Friday Nights (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "A News Network With No Trump Bump, HLN Pivots Once Again". Advertising Age. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Buckman, Adam (April 21, 2016). "'Forensic Files' And 'The First 48' Are TV's Hard-Boiled Champions". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Kevin Ritchie (January 20, 2015). "Schiffman, Ford outline vision for Justice". RealScreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Court TV Brand to Resurface as New Channel From Scripps Co". Variety. 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  11. ^ a b c Dalton, Andrew (May 7, 2019). "Court TV pounds gavel again as all-trial channel is reborn". Las Vegas Sun. Associated Press. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Public Notice CRTC 1997-96". Retrieved November 9, 2012.

External links

Crown Court (TV series)

Crown Court is a television courtroom drama produced by Granada Television for the ITV network which ran from 1972, when the Crown Court system replaced Assize courts and Quarter sessions in the legal system of England and Wales, to 1984. It was transmitted in the early afternoon.

Investigation Discovery (Canada)

Investigation Discovery (often abbreviated on-air as ID.) is a Canadian English language Category B cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Bell Media. The channel primarily focuses on true crime programming.

Originally launching as a Canadian version of Court TV, it was relaunched as a Canadian version of Investigation Discovery as part of a licensing arrangement with the owner of the flagship channel of the same name in the United States, Discovery Communications. Unlike Bell's other Discovery-branded channels and most of Corus Entertainment's Discovery-branded channels, but like their OWN, Discovery Communications does not own a minority stake in Investigation Discovery.

Jean Casarez

Jean Casarez (born 1960 in California) is an American lawyer and news correspondent for CNN and its sister network HLN. She formerly worked for truTV (formerly Court TV) until that network eliminated daytime trial coverage. As a correspondent for Court TV/truTV, Casarez provided live daytime trial coverage, reporting on courtroom trials across the country; she has covered such cases as the Coral Eugene Watts trial, the Kobe Bryant rape case, and Scott Peterson sentencing hearings. Casarez was also an anchor for Court TV's hourly Newsbreak. In addition to her current work for CNN, she is occasionally a substitute host for HLN's Current affairs show, Primetime Justice.


KABE-CD, virtual channel 39 (UHF digital channel 35), is a low-powered, Class A Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, it is a sister station to Justice Network affiliate KUVI-DT (channel 45) and Class A UniMás owned-and-operated station KBTF-CD (channel 31). The three stations share studios on Truxtun Avenue in the western section of Bakersfield; KABE-CD's transmitter is located atop Mount Adelaide.

In addition to its own digital signal, KABE-CD is simulcast in high definition on the second digital subchannel of KUVI (virtual and UHF channel 45.2) from a transmitter atop Mount Adelaide.


KLBK-TV, virtual channel 13 (UHF digital channel 31), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Lubbock, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also operates ABC affiliate KAMC (channel 28) under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with owner Mission Broadcasting. The two stations share studios and transmitter facilities on University Avenue in Lubbock, just two blocks south of Loop 289.

On cable, KLBK is carried on Suddenlink channel 7, and channel 13 on other systems in outlying areas of the market.


KLUZ-TV, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Univision-owned television station licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States and also serving Santa Fe. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications; Entravision Communications, which owns UniMás affiliate KTFQ-TV (channel 41), operates KLUZ under a local marketing agreement (LMA). The two stations share studios on Broadbent Parkway in northeastern Albuquerque; KLUZ's transmitter is located in Rio Rancho.


KSBY, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 15), is a dual NBC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to San Luis Obispo, California, United States and serving the Central Coast of California. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. KSBY's studios are located at 1772 Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo, with an additional studio on Skyway Drive in Santa Maria, near the Santa Maria Public Airport. The station's transmitter is located atop Cuesta Peak.


KVYE, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Univision-affiliated television station licensed to El Centro, California, United States and also serving Yuma, Arizona. The station is owned by Entravision Communications, which also operates Calipatria, California-licensed UniMás affiliate KAJB (channel 54) under a joint sales agreement (JSA) with owner Calipatria Broadcasting Company. The two stations share studios on North Imperial Avenue in El Centro and transmitter facilites atop Black Mountain.


KZKC-LP, UHF analog channel 42, is a low-power Court TV owned-and-operated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, it is a sister station to ABC affiliate KERO-TV (channel 23). The two stations share studios on 21st Street in downtown Bakersfield; KZKC's transmitter is located atop Mount Adelaide.

Since KZKC does not broadcast a digital signal of its own, it is simulcast in standard definition on KERO's second digital subchannel (VHF channel 10.2 or virtual channel 23.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Breckenridge Mountain.

The station was originally owned by Cocola Broadcasting, where it served as a repeater for Fresno's KMSG-LP, an Azteca América affiliate; McGraw-Hill bought it in 2006 and made it a stand-alone station. McGraw-Hill announced on October 3, 2011 that it would sell KZKC, along with its other television stations, to the E. W. Scripps Company as part of its exit from broadcasting. The deal was completed on December 30, 2011. KZKC-LP became an owned-and-operated station of the relaunched Court TV during 2019. Azteca América programming has moved to the fourth subchannel of KDBK-LD/KEBK-LD (channel 41), and is also available via its national feed on satellite and IPTV providers.

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Night Court

Night Court is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court, Criminal Court Part 2, presided over by a young, unorthodox judge, Harold T. "Harry" Stone (played by Harry Anderson). The series was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had previously worked on Barney Miller in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The High Court with Doug Benson

The High Court with Doug Benson is an American comedy and arbitration-based reality court show presided over by comedian Doug Benson. The High Court with Doug Benson premiered on Comedy Central on February 28, 2017. In each episode Benson judges real cases while under the influence of cannabis. This court show also marks the return of Viacom to the court show genre.

The New Pope

The New Pope is an upcoming drama television series created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Sky Atlantic, HBO and Canal+. It is a continuation to the 2016 limited series The Young Pope, originally announced as its second series. The eight-episode series stars Jude Law, reprising his role as Pope Pius XIII, and John Malkovich. It was co-produced by European production companies Wildside, Haut et Court TV and Mediapro.


TruTV (stylized as truTV) is an American pay television channel that is owned by WarnerMedia Entertainment, a unit of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The channel was originally launched in 1991 as Court TV, a network that focused on crime-themed programs such as true crime documentary series, legal dramas, and coverage of prominent criminal cases. With its relaunch as TruTV in 2008, the channel revamped its lineup with a focus on reality shows and "caught on camera" programs, which the network marketed as "actuality" television. In October 2014, TruTV was relaunched with a focus on comedy-based reality series.

As of January 2016, TruTV is available to approximately 91 million households (78.1%) in the United States.


WGGS-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 16, is a religious independent television station licensed to Greenville, South Carolina, United States, serving Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. The station is owned by Carolina Christian Broadcasting (also known as Dove Broadcasting). WGGS-TV's studios are located on Rutherford Road in Taylors, and its transmitter is located at Paris Mountain State Park (just outside Greenville).


WHDT, virtual channel 9 (UHF digital channel 34), is a Court TV owned-and-operated television station serving West Palm Beach, Florida, United States that is licensed to Stuart. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with West Palm Beach-licensed NBC affiliate WPTV-TV (channel 5); Scripps also operates West Palm Beach-licensed Fox affiliate WFLX (channel 29) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with owner Gray Television. The three stations share studios on South Australian Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach (mailing address says Banyan Boulevard, also known as 1st Street); WHDT's transmitter is located in Wellington. Until 2019, the station's programming was simulcast on translator station WHDN-CD, virtual channel 9 (UHF digital channel 26), in Naples, Florida.


WKRG-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 27), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Mobile, Alabama, United States and also serving Pensacola, Florida. The station is owned by the Nexstar Media Group, as part of a duopoly with Gulf Shores, Alabama-licensed CW affiliate WFNA (channel 55). The two stations share studios with several radio stations owned by iHeartMedia on Broadcast Drive in southwest Mobile; WKRG's transmitter is located in unincorporated Baldwin County near Spanish Fort, Alabama.


WLEX-TV, virtual channel 18 (UHF digital channel 39), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Lexington, Kentucky, United States, serving the east-central region of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The station is owned by the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company. WLEX's studios are located on Russell Cave Road (KY 353) in Lexington, and its transmitter is located six miles (10 km) east of downtown Lexington near Hamburg Pavilion on competitor WTVQ-DT's tower.

The station can be viewed within the Lexington metropolitan area on Charter Spectrum channel 8 (channel numbers will vary throughout the market). It is also available on Frankfort Plant Board Cable channel 7 and throughout the entire Lexington designated market area on various other cable systems, including independent and rural systems.


WOTF-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 49), is a UniMás-affiliated television station serving Orlando, Florida, United States that is licensed to Daytona Beach. The station is owned by Entravision Communications, which also operates Melbourne-licensed Univision-owned station WVEN-TV (channel 43) through a local marketing agreement (LMA) with the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications. The two stations share studios in Altamonte Springs; WOTF's transmitter is located near Orange City, Florida.

WOTF also operates low-powered analog translator station WVCI-LP (channel 16) in Orlando. It was previously relayed on W46DB (channel 46) in Melbourne.

On cable, the station is available in standard definition on channel 17 on Charter Spectrum, channel 22 on Comcast Xfinity, and channel 43 on CenturyLink Prism, and in high definition on Spectrum channel 903, Xfinity channel 441, and Prism channel 1043.

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