Infobox TV channel
name = truTV
logofile = TruTV logo.svg
logosize = 200
July 1, 1991(as Court TV) January 1, 2008(as truTV)
closed date =
480i( SDTV) and 1080i( HDTV)
Turner Broadcasting System
slogan = Not Reality. Actuality.
broadcast area =
former names = Courtroom Television Network, or Court TV (July 1, 1991–December 31, 2007)
replaced names =
sister names =
timeshift names =
web = [http://www.trutv.com/ truTV.com]
sat serv 1 =
sat chan 1 = Channel 246
Channel 1246 (VOD)
sat serv 2 =
sat chan 2 = Channel 204
cable serv 1 = Available on most cable systems
cable chan 1 = Check local listings for details
truTV is an American
cable television networkowned by Time Warnerthrough its subsidiary, Turner Broadcasting. Named Court TV until December 31 2007, the basis of the network's programing has traditionally been and still is live trial coverage and law enforcement/investigation-related shows; however, the network is branching out into some non-law enforcement related "real life reality television" or as truTV calls it, "actuality" television. CTVglobemedia's CourtTV Canadastill continues to operate in Canada without the truTV branding.
As Court TV
TruTV was formed in
1991as Court TV, the former name which is still used in Canada. It began as a joint venture owned by Liberty Media(50%), Time Warner (25%) and NBC(25%) and led by Steven Brill. The network originally featured continuous live trial coverage, with analysis by anchors. The network came into its own during the O.J. Simpson trial.
Brill left the network in
1997. In 1998, NBC sold its share of the network to Time Warner. That same year, it began running several original and acquired programming in prime time, such as "" and " Forensic Files".
2004, recognizing the growth of its primetime programming, Court TV split itself into two divisions. Daytime trial coverage was branded as Court TV News, while primetime and weekend programming was branded as Court TV: Seriously Entertaining.
Time Warner bought full control of Court TV in
2006and began running it as part of Turner Broadcasting. [http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2006-05-15-court-tv-usat_x.htm Time Warner buys remaining part of Court TV] , "USA Today", May 15, 2006] The buyout of Court TV marks Time Warner's first instance of buying a TV network, rather than selling one, since the acquisition of TBS Networks in 1996.
Transition to truTV
As part of the rebranding, daytime trial coverage, which previously aired from 9:00AM Eastern/8:00AM Central to 5:00PM Eastern/4:00PM Central, was cut back to 9:00AM Eastern/8:00AM Central to 3:00PM Eastern/2:00PM Central and branded as "In Session." From 3:00PM Eastern/2:00PM Central to 4:00AM Eastern/3:00AM Central on weekdays and throughout the weekend, it runs original investigation-based programming, as well as several new non-law enforcement related reality shows.
TruTV HD launched January 1, 2008. It is currently available on
Comcast. It is also available on DirecTVChannel 246.
July 1, 1991to April 12, 1999 April 13, 1999to 2005[ [http://www.mywire.com/pubs/CableFAXsCableWORLD/1999/04/05/298134?extID=10051 Court TV Debuts New $10M Thumbprint: New logo, slogan, programs on tap for network beginning April 12] mywire.com] 2005to December 31, 2007[ [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117920239.html?categoryid=1237&cs=1 Court TV rules in favor of new logo, branding] variety.com] January 1, 2008
s and shares analysis from anchors and guests to help viewers understand legal proceedings.
In Session also runs a blog, "Sidebar," where the "In Session" team posts updated legal news and analysis.
*"Lisa Bloom: Open Court" with
*"Best Defense" with
*"Banfield & Ford: Courtside" with
Ashleigh Banfieldand Jack Ford
Anchors, correspondents, and contributors
* Jack Ford
Star Jones Reynolds
Former Court TV personalities
*"50 Crimes That Captivated America"
*"ACLU Freedom Files"
*"Al Roker Investigates"
*"Anatomy of Crime"
*"Beach Patrol: Honolulu"
*"Beach Patrol: Miami"
*"Body of Evidence"
*"The First Amendment Project"
*"Getting a Ticket in America"
*"Hip Hop Justice"
*"Home of the Brave"
*"Inside: Vice Squad Miami"
*"Jail" (known as Inside American Jail on Tru TV)
*"Las Vegas Law"
*"The Lindbergh Kidnapping: Investigation Re-Opened"
*"NOPD: After Katrina"
*"NOPD: Mardi Gras"
North Mission Road"
*"Ocean Force: Hermosa Beach"
*"Ocean Force: Huntington Beach"
*"Ocean Force: Miami Beach"
*"Ocean Force Panama City Beach"
*"Riots: Mobs Out of Control"
*"Saturday Night Solution"
The Principal's Office"
*"Stories of the Innocence Project"
The Real Hustle"
The Star Jones Show"
Til' Death Do Us Part"
*"Trace Evidence: The Case Files of Dr. Henry Lee"
*"Under Fire: Deadliest Police Shootouts"
World's Wildest Police Videos"
In addition to truTV.com, the network also operates
The Smoking Gun, a website that focuses on legal items often pertaining to famous people, such as mug shots and other public documents. It also owns the website Crime Library, which provides detailed information about infamous crimes and how they were solved. Online coverage of current trials (including "In Session") is now hosted at sister website CNN.com's "Crime" section. truTV also maintains [http://www.trutv.com/video truTV video] , a streaming video player, where users can watch "footage of car chases, dumb criminals, gun fights, drunk drivers, drug busts, naughty girls, police, things that blow up, taser attacks, naked thieves and more!"
February 3, 2003, Court TV Plus debuted on Sirius Satellite Radio, featuring audio from Court TV programs. Originally on Channel 134, it was moved in September 2005and aired on Channel 110 until the channel ceased operations on January 1, 2008.
The Legal Television Network"
List of DirecTV channels
List of Dish Network channels
* [http://www.trutv.com/ truTV.com]
* [http://www.cnn.com/CRIME CNN.com crime coverage] (includes "In Session")
* [http://insession.blogs.cnn.com/ Sidebar, In Session's blog]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/arts/television/08stan.html "Gavel to Gavel (to Gavel to Gavel) Coverage," by Alessandra Stanley, "The New York Times", July 8, 2007]
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