Friday, December 07, 2007

Discovery Channel launches the next new Crime Channel

For everyone who's disappointed that CourtTv will be turned into
TrueTv and walking away from a lot of true crime programming,
there is a new channel that might fill the void.

CLEWS gets the credit for this news!
A New Court TV? The Discovery Channel will claim the television
true crime throne where the old Court TV once reigned with a new
channel, Investigation Discovery, which will offer reruns of 48
Hours and some other reputable, well done true crime shows, with
original shows promised.

From that link:
"To program the new channel, Discovery plans to draw on hundreds
of hours of crime shows in its library, such as "The FBI Files" and
"Most Evil," the company said. Discovery is also in talks with CBS,
to acquire episodes of "48 Hours," and NBC Universal, to acquire
episodes of "Dateline NBC." Discovery plans to produce 200 hours
of original programming next year, said John Ford, chief executive
of the channel.

The company aims to rebrand the channel Jan. 27."

"We thought, if we could rebuild Discovery Times with a
programming vision that viewers would connect with, that it
could be a very strong economic engine," Zaslav said in an
interview yesterday, noting that the CourtTV and A&E
channels have removed some of their crime and forensics
programming, opening the door for Discovery.

"Investigation Discovery allows us to be the home base
for a huge number of people around America who love this
content as others are walking away from it."