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Court TV
TypeDigital over-the-air television network
United States
FoundedDecember 14, 1990; 29 years ago (1990-12-14) ( now TruTV)
May 8, 2019; 15 months ago (2019-05-08) (re-founded)
by Steven Brill
SloganJoin The Investigation
Your Front Row Seat to Justice
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
OwnerKatz Broadcasting, LLC
(E. W. Scripps Company)
ParentCourt TV Media LLC
Key people
  • John Alleva
  • Scott Tufts
  • (vice presidents and managing editors)
  • Vinnie Politan
  • (primetime anchor)
Launch date
  • July 1, 1991; 29 years ago (1991-07-01) (cable broadcast)
  • May 8, 2019; 15 months ago (2019-05-08) (digital broadcast)
Picture format
AffiliatesList of Court TV affiliates
Official website

Court TV is a 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 is also available via streaming services, YouTube TV.


Cable channel

Cable television channel Courtroom Television Network, known as Court TV, was launched, on July 1, 1991 at 6:00 am Eastern Time, by founder Steven Brill, 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 prime time 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.[citation needed] 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 would relaunch Court TV as an over-the-air network following the acquisition of the intellectual property rights to the Court TV name and the pre-2008 Court TV original programming library from Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros. Entertainment.[10] Scripps announced affiliation deals with Tribune Media and Univision Communications at that date, in addition to existing Scripps-owned stations.[10] Further deals with Meredith Corporation, Nexstar Media Group (which was in the process of acquiring Tribune; the deal closed in September 2019), Tegna, and Quincy Media were announced on May 2, 2019.[11] The channel is also available nationally on Pluto TV.

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 courtroom coverage was the Covington, Georgia trial of parents who, after reporting their newborn baby missing in 2017, were later charged with murder. In subsequent months, the channel launched its coverage of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial[12] and the disappearance of Tylee Ryan and J. J. Vallow.[citation needed] In May 2020, the network was picked up for carriage on YouTube TV.[13]


City of license/market Station[14] Virtual
(on main channel)
Owner Notes


Birmingham WIAT 42.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Dothan WDFX-TV 34.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcast Group
Huntsville W34EY-D 38.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Mobile WKRG-TV 5.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Montgomery WIYC 48.3 Cozi TV Woods Communications


Phoenix KNXV-TV 15.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Sierra Vista (Tucson) KWBA-TV 58.4 The CW


Fayetteville KFFS-CD 36.1 Court TV KTV Media, LLC
Fort Smith KFLU-LD 20.2 The Country Network HC2 Broadcasting
Little Rock KTHV 11.2 CBS Tegna


Bakersfield KERO-TV 23.2 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
KABE-CD 39.2 Univision Univision Communications
KUVI-DT 45.5 Justice Network
El Centro (Yuma, AZ) KVYE 7.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Los Angeles KHIZ-LD 39.1 Court TV HC2 Holdings
KTLA 5.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Monterey-Salinas KMMD-CD 39.1 Court TV CNZ Communications
Palm Springs KPSE-LD 50.4 MyNetworkTV Entravision Communications
Sacramento KTXL 40.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
San Diego KSWB-TV 69.3
San Francisco KRON-TV 4.4 MyNetworkTV
Santa Barbara KSBY 6.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company


Denver KWGN-TV 2.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Pueblo (Colorado Springs) KOAA-TV 5.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company


Hartford WCCT-TV 20.2 The CW Tegna Launched October 28, 2019[15]

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. WZRB-LD 31.1 Court TV DC Broadcasting, Inc.


Cape Coral-Fort Myers WFTX-TV 36.5 Fox E. W. Scripps Company
WGPS-LP 22.6 Cozi TV HC2 Broadcasting
Jacksonville WTLV 12.4 NBC Tegna
Miami WSFL-TV 39.4 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Orlando WOTF-TV 26.5 UniMás Entravision Communications
WRDQ 27.2 Independent Cox Media Group
Panama City WPGX 28.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcast Group
Sarasota (Tampa) WSNN-LD 39.2 Independent Citadel Communications
Stuart (West Palm Beach) WHDT 9.1 Court TV E. W. Scripps Company
Tallahassee WTXL-TV 27.5 ABC
Tampa WFLA-TV 8.2 NBC Nexstar Media Group
WFTS-TV 28.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company


Atlanta WPCH-TV 17.2 Independent Meredith Corporation
Augusta WFXG 54.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcasting Group
Savannah WGCB-LD 35.1 Court TV Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC
WSAV-TV 3.3 NBC Nexstar Media Group
Summerville/Trion (Chattanooga, TN) WKSY-LD 21.7 Independent Altennga Broadcasting


Honolulu KHON-TV 2.4 Fox Nexstar Media Group


Nampa (Boise) KIVI-TV 6.5 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Twin Falls KSAW-LD 51.5


Champaign-Springfield WQCA-LD 16.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Chicago WGN-TV 9.3 Independent Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Harrisburg (Paducah, KY) WSIL-TV 3.4 ABC Quincy Media
Rockford WREX 13.4 NBC


Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.4 The CW Quincy Media
Indianapolis WXIN 59.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Elkhart (South Bend) WSJV 28.4 Heroes & Icons Quincy Media


Cedar Rapids-Waterloo KWWL 7.4 NBC Quincy Media
Des Moines WHO-DT 13.4 Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Sioux City KTIV 4.4 Quincy Media


Derby (Wichita) KDCU-DT 31.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Pittsburg (Joplin, MO) KPJO-LD 49.1 MyNetworkTV (secondary affiliation) HC2 Broadcasting


Bowling Green WCZU-LD 39.1 MyNetworkTV (secondary affiliation) HC2 Broadcasting
Lexington WLEX-TV 18.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Louisville WHAS-TV 11.4 ABC Tegna


Lafayette KATC 3.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
New Orleans WNOL-TV 38.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
West Monroe (Monroe) KMCT-TV 39.3 Religious independent First Assembly of God of West Monroe


Boston WUTF-TV 27.5 UniMas Entravision Communications
New Bedford (Providence, RI) WLNE-TV 6.4 ABC Standard Media
Springfield WGGB-TV 40.3 ABC Meredith Corporation


Detroit WXYZ-TV 7.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
West Branch WUWB-LD 20.1 Court TV M33 Media
Grand Rapids WXMI 17.3 Fox E. W. Scripps Company October 28, 2019[15]
Lansing WSYM-TV 47.5
Saginaw WNEM-TV 5.5 CBS Meredith Launched February 27, 2020


Duluth KDLH 3.4 The CW Quincy Media
Minneapolis-St. Paul KARE 11.2 NBC Tegna Inc.
Rochester KTTC 10.4 Quincy Media
KWJM-LD 15.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting


Jackson WJTV 12.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Pascagoula (Biloxi) WXVO-LD 7.5 Antenna TV NCN Cable Advertising


Kansas City WDAF-TV 4.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Poplar Bluff (Paducah, KY) KPOB-TV 15.4 ABC Quincy Media
Springfield KRFT-LD 8.1 Court TV Craft Broadcasting
St. Louis KPLR-TV 11.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group Previously channel 11.4


Billings KHMT 4.2 Fox Nexstar Media Group


Omaha KAJS-LD 33.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting


Las Vegas KTNV-TV 13.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Reno KREN-TV 27.5 Univison Entravision Communications

New Jersey

Middletown Township (New York, NY) WJLP 33.5 MeTV PMCM TV

New Mexico

Albuquerque KLUZ-TV 14.4 Univison Entravision Communications

New York

Binghamton WBNG-TV 12.4 CBS Quincy Media
Buffalo WIVB-TV 4.2 Nexstar Media Group
Gloversville (Albany) WFNY-CD 48.5 Antenna TV Michael A. Sleezer
New York City WPIX 11.3 The CW E. W. Scripps Company Launched October 28, 2019[15]

North Carolina

Charlotte WCNC-TV 36.3 NBC Tegna
Greensboro-High Point WGHP 8.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Previously channel 8.4
Raleigh WNCN 17.2 CBS
Wilmington WSFX 26.2 Fox American Spirit Media


Cincinnati WCPO-TV 9.2 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Cleveland WEWS-TV 5.4
Columbus WCMH-TV 4.2 NBC Nexstar Media Group
WCSN-LD 32.2 Movies! Columbus TV, LLC
Toledo WUPW 36.4 Fox Tegna


Oklahoma City KAUT-TV 43.4 Independent Nexstar Media Group
Tulsa KJRH-TV 2.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company


Portland KRCW-TV 32.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]


Altoona (Johnstown) WKBS-TV 47.2 Cornerstone Television Cornerstone Television
Greensburg (Pittsburgh) WPCB-TV 40.2
Middleburg (Harrisburg) WHLZ-LD 19.2
Philadelphia WPHL-TV 17.3 MyNetworkTV Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Red Lion (Harrisburg) WLZH-LD 18.2 Dark Sonshine Family Television

Puerto Rico

Villalba W16CW-D 16.1 Court TV TV Red Puerto Rico

South Carolina

Beaufort (Savannah, GA) WSCG-LD 14.1 Court TV Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC
Charleston WHDC-LD 12.1
Greenville WGGS-TV 16.7 Religious independent Carolina Christian Broadcasting
Sumter (Columbia) WKTC 63.6 MyNetworkTV WBHQ Columbia


Chattanooga WYHB-CD 39.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Jackson WYJJ-LD 27.1
Knoxville WKNX-TV 7.3 Independent Lockwood Broadcasting Group
Nashville WSMV-TV 4.4 NBC Meredith Corporation


Amarillo KAOU-LD 15.3 The Country Network HC2 Broadcasting
Dallas-Fort Worth KDAF 33.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[15]
El Paso KINT-TV 26.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Harlingen KNVO 48.5
Houston KEHO-LD 32.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
KIAH 39.5 The CW Nexstar Media Group
Laredo KLDO-TV 27.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Lubbock KLBK-TV 13.2 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Odessa KUPB 18.5 Univision Entravision Communications
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.5 Univision Communications
Tyler KPKN-LD 33.3 Buzzr HC2 Broadcasting
Waco KXXV 25.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company


Ogden (Salt Lake City) KUCW 30.4 The CW Nexstar Media Group


Norfolk WTKR 3.2 CBS E. W. Scripps Company Launched October 28, 2019[15]


Seattle-Tacoma KCPQ 13.2 Fox Fox Television Stations Launched October 28, 2019[15]
Spokane KREM 2.3 CBS Tegna

West Virginia

Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill WVVA 6.4 NBC Quincy Media
Huntington/Charleston WQCW 30.5 The CW Gray Television
WOCW-LD 21.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting


Crandon WMOW 4.4 ABC Quincy Media
Eagle River WYOW 34.4
Eau Claire-La Crosse WQOW 18.4
WXOW 19.4
Green Bay WGBA-TV 26.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Madison WKOW 27.4 ABC Quincy Media
Milwaukee WMKE-CD 21.1 Court TV CNZ Communications
WTMJ-TV 4.5 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Wausau WAOW 9.4 ABC Quincy Media


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,[12] all times EDT.

Vinnie Politan anchors Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan weeknights from 6 to 9 PM ET.[12]

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.

On August 11, 2020, it was announced that a new original true-crime series titled Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield will premiere on September 13, 2020.[16]


Court TV Mystery

On September 30, 2019, Escape network was rebranded as Court TV Mystery, serving as an extension to the Court TV brand.[17]

Satellite radio channel

Court TV relaunched its satellite radio channel on May 15, 2020 on SiriusXM.[18]

British & Irish TV channel

On 10 August 2020, Court TV began testing on Astra 28.2°E on frequency 11568 V DVB-S QPSK 22 5/6, with the label "54140". EPG data is shown on the channel, but as of 11 August 2020, the channel is broadcasting a blank screen. It is expected to launch on Sky before the end of 2020. [19]

Former spin-offs

Canadian version

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 (Canada).

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.[20]


In 2001, Court TV purchased The Smoking Gun, a website that focuses on legal items such as mug shots and other public documents pertaining to famous individuals and cases. The site remained a property of the company through the rebranding to TruTV, but was sold back to its founder in 2014.[21]

Court TV purchased the website Crime Library, which provided detailed information about infamous crimes and how they were solved, in 2001. The website remained an actively updated property until 2014 and was taken offline in 2015.

Former Sirius Radio channel

On February 3, 2003, Court TV Plus debuted on Sirius Satellite Radio, featuring audio from Court TV programs. Launched on Channel 134, it was moved in September 2005 and aired on Channel 110 until the channel ceased operations on January 1, 2008.


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