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Court TV
TypeDigital over-the-air television network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide via OTA digital television
AffiliatesList of Court TV affiliates
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Picture format
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)
FoundedDecember 14, 1990; 32 years ago (1990-12-14) (now TruTV)
May 8, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-05-08) (re-founded)
  • July 1, 1991; 32 years ago (1991-07-01) (cable broadcast)
  • May 8, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-05-08) (digital broadcast)
FounderSteven Brill
ClosedDecember 31, 2007; 15 years ago (2007-12-31) (cable broadcast)
Replaced byTruTV (cable broadcast)

Court TV is an American digital broadcast network and former cable television channel. It was originally launched in 1991 with a focus on crime-themed programs such as the true crime documentary series, legal analysis talk shows, and live news 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 owned by Katz Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company. Court TV is also available via streaming services such as YouTube TV and Pluto TV, and its audio feed is available on Sirius XM channel 793.


As a cable television 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.[1] Its original anchors were Jack Ford, Fred Graham, Cynthia McFadden, and Gregg Jarrett. 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.[2] 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 Menéndez 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, and Forensic Files. In 1999, it acquired the rerun rights to Fox's Cops.[3]

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.

Reruns of Court TV series then aired on HLN (primarily Forensic Files) and the over-the-air digital network True Crime Network (originally known as 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]

As a digital broadcast network

On December 10, 2018, Katz Broadcasting (owned by the E. W. Scripps Company) announced that it 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. Television Studios.[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 former Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan as lead anchor and 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. It also featured coverage of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial[12] and the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

In May 2020, the network was picked up for carriage on YouTube TV.[13]

Following Scripps acquisition of Ion Media in 2021, it began to add Court TV to its stations in place of the defunct Qubo, Ion Plus and Ion Shop networks.[14]


City of license/market Station[15] Virtual
(on main channel)
Owner Notes


Birmingham WIAT 42.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Florence (Huntsville & Tennessee Valley) WHDF 15.2 The CW
Hoover (Birmingham) WPXH-TV 44.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings
(Inyo Broadcast Licenses LLC)
Launched March 1, 2021
Huntsville W34EY-D 38.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Mobile WKRG-TV 5.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Ozark (Dothan) WDFX-TV 34.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcast Group
Troy (Montgomery) WIYC 48.4 Cozi TV Woods Communications


Phoenix KNXV-TV 15.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Sierra Vista (Tucson) KWBA-TV 58.4 The CW
Tolleson (Phoenix) KPPX-TV 51.3 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021


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 Inc.


Bakersfield KERO-TV 23.2 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
KUVI-DT 45.5 Twist TelevisaUnivision
El Centro (Yuma, AZ) KVYE 7.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Fresno KGPE 47.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
KVBC-LP 13.1 Court TV Ventura Broadcasting Company
Los Angeles KHIZ-LD 39.1 Court TV HC2 Holdings
KTLA 5.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[16]
KPXN-TV 30.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Palm Springs KPSE-LD 50.4 MyNetworkTV Entravision Communications
Sacramento KSPX-TV 29.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks
(Subsidiary of E.W. Scripps Company)
Launched March 1, 2021
Salinas KMMD-CD 39.1 Court TV CNZ Communications
San Bernardino (Los Angeles) KPXN-TV 30.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
San Diego KSWB-TV 69.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[16]
San Jose (San Francisco Bay Area) KKPX-TV 65.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
San Luis Obispo (Central Coast) KSBY 6.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company


Denver KPXC-TV 59.3 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Grand Junction KLML 20.1 Court TV Ventura Broadcasting
Pueblo (Colorado Springs) KOAA-TV 5.2 NBC E. W. Scripps Company


New London (Hartford-New Haven) WHPX-TV 26.3 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Waterbury (Hartford) WCCT-TV 20.2 The CW Tegna Inc. Launched October 28, 2019[16]


Dover (Washington, D.C.) WMDE 36.2 ShopHQ WRNN-TV Associates
Wilmington (Philadelphia, PA) WDPN-TV 2.2 MeTV Maranatha Broadcasting Company Launched May 1, 2023

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C. WPXW-TV 66.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks


Bradenton (Tampa Bay Area) WXPX-TV 66.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Cape Coral (Fort Myers) WFTX-TV 36.3 Fox E. W. Scripps Company
Daytona Beach (Orlando) WOTF-TV 26.5 UniMás Entravision Communications
Fort Myers WGPS-LD 22.6 Cozi TV HC2 Broadcasting
Jacksonville WTLV 12.4 NBC Tegna Inc.
Lake Worth (West Palm Beach) WPXP-TV 67.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Miami WSFL-TV 39.2 The CW E. W. Scripps Company Launched October 28, 2019[16]
Orlando WRDQ 27.2 Independent Cox Media Group
Panama City WPGX 28.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcast Group
Sarasota (Tampa) WSNN-LD 39.4 Independent Citadel Communications
WXPX-TV 66.2 Ion Television E. W. Scripps Company
Stuart (West Palm Beach) WHDT 9.2 Court TV
Tallahassee WTXL-TV 27.5 ABC


Atlanta WPCH-TV 17.2 Independent Gray Television
Augusta WFXG 54.4 Fox Lockwood Broadcasting Group
Brunswick (Jacksonville, FL) WPXC-TV 21.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Columbus WLTZ 38.4 NBC SagamoreHill Broadcasting
Perry (Macon) WPGA-TV 58.6 MeTV Marquee Broadcasting
Rome (Atlanta) WPXA-TV 14.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Savannah WSAV-TV 3.3 NBC Nexstar Media Group
WGCB-LD 35.1 Court TV Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC
Summerville/Trion (Chattanooga, TN) WKSY-LD 21.7 Independent Altennga Broadcasting


Kaneohe (Honolulu) KPXO-TV 66.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021


Nampa (Boise) KIVI-TV 6.5 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
KTRV-TV 12.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Pocatello (Idaho Falls) KPIF 15.6 MeTV Ventura Broadcasting
Twin Falls KSAW-LD 6.5 ABC E.W. Scripps Company Operates as a semi-satellite station of KIVI-TV


Chicago WCPX-TV 38.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
East St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) WRBU 46.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Harrisburg (Paducah, KY) WSIL-TV 3.4 ABC Allen Media Broadcasting
Rock Island (DavenportBettendorf, IA) WHBF-TV 4.2 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Rockford WREX 13.4 NBC Allen Media Broadcasting
Springfield WCQA-LD 16.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting


Bloomington (Indianapolis) WIPX-TV 63.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Elkhart (South Bend) WSJV 28.4 Heroes & Icons Gray Television
Fort Wayne WISE-TV 33.4 The CW


Des Moines WHO-DT 13.4 NBC Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[16]
Newton (Des Moines) KFPX-TV 39.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Sioux City KTIV 4.4 NBC Gray Television
Waterloo (Cedar Rapids) KWWL 7.4 Allen Media Broadcasting


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 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Lexington WLEX-TV 18.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Louisville WHAS-TV 11.4 ABC Tegna Inc.
Richmond (Lexington) WUPX-TV 67.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021


Baton Rouge K29LR-D 47.1 CourtTV DTV America
Lafayette KATC 3.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Lake Charles KSWL-LD 17.3 CBS SagamoreHill Broadcasting
West Monroe (Monroe) KMCT-TV 39.3 Religious independent First Assembly of God of West Monroe


Lewiston (Portland) WIPL 35.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021


Baltimore WMAR-TV 2.5 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Salisbury WGDV-LD 32.7 Azteca América Marquee Broadcasting


New Bedford (Providence, RI) WLNE-TV 6.4 ABC Standard Media
WLWC 28.1 Court TV Inyo Broadcast Holdings
Springfield WGGB-TV 40.3 ABC Gray Television
Woburn (Portland) WDPX-TV 58.1 Court TV Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Operates as a satellite station of WBPX-TV
Worcester (Boston) WUTF-TV 27.5 UniMas Entravision Communications


Ann Arbor (Detroit) WPXD-TV 31.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Battle Creek (Grand Rapids) WZPX-TV 43.2
Bay City (Saginaw/Flint) WNEM-TV 5.5 CBS Gray Television Launched February 27, 2020
Detroit WXYZ-TV 7.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Lake City WMNN-LD 26.8 NewsNet Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.
Lansing WSYM-TV 47.5 Fox E.W. Scripps Company October 28, 2019[16]
Marquette WZMQ 19.6 MeTV Lilly Broadcasting
Roscommon WURO-LD 18.1 Court TV M33 Media, LLC
West Branch WUWB-LD 20.1


Duluth KDLH 3.4 The CW Gray Television
Minneapolis-St. Paul KARE 11.2 NBC Tegna Inc.
Rochester KTTC 10.4 Gray Television


Cleveland WHCQ-LD 8.3 Antenna TV Ellington Broadcasting
Jackson WJTV 12.4 CBS Nexstar Media Group
Pascagoula (Biloxi) WXVO-LD 7.5 Antenna TV NCN Cable Advertising


Columbia-Jefferson City KGKM-LD 36.3 Telemundo SagamoreHill Broadcasting Launched January 10, 2022
Kansas City KPXE-TV 50.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Poplar Bluff (Paducah, KY) KPOB-TV 15.4 ABC Allen Media Broadcasting
Springfield KRFT-LD 8.1 Court TV Craft Broadcasting
KSPR-LD 33.4 ABC Gray Television
St. Louis KPLR-TV 11.2 The CW Nexstar Media Group Previously channel 11.4


Bozeman KBZK 7.5 CBS E. W. Scripps Company Operates as a semi-satellite station of KXLF-TV
Butte KXLF-TV 4.5
Great Falls, Montana KTGF-LD 50.3 NBC KTVH simulcast
Hardin (Billings) KHMT 4.2 Fox Nexstar Media Group
Helena KTVH-DT 12.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Missoula KPAX-TV 8.5 CBS


Omaha KMTV-TV 3.2 CBS E. W. Scripps Company


Las Vegas KTNV-TV 13.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Laughlin (Las Vegas) KMCC 34.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Reno KREN-TV 27.5 Univision Entravision Communications

New Mexico

Albuquerque KLUZ-TV 14.4 Univision Entravision Communications

New York

Amsterdam (Albany) WYPX-TV 55.3 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Batavia (Buffalo) WPXJ-TV 51.2
Binghamton WBNG-TV 12.4 CBS Gray Television
Buffalo WIVB-TV 4.2 Nexstar Media Group
New York City WPXN-TV 31.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched April 1, 2023
Syracuse WSPX-TV 56.2 Launched March 1, 2021
Watertown WVNC-LD 45.5 NBC SagamoreHill Broadcasting

North Carolina

Burlington (Greensboro) WGPX-TV 16.3 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Charlotte WCNC-TV 36.3 NBC Tegna Inc.
Raleigh WRPX-TV 47.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Greenville WEPX-TV 38.2
Greensboro-High Point WGHP 8.3 Fox Nexstar Media Group Previously channel 8.4
Jacksonville WPXU-TV 35.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Operates as a satellite station of WEPX-TV
Rocky Mount (Triangle Region) WRPX-TV 47.2 Launched March 1, 2021
Wilmington WSFX-TV 26.2 Fox American Spirit Media

North Dakota

Bismarck KNDB 26.9 Heroes & Icons BEK Sports Network, Inc.
Minot KNDM 24.9 Operates as a semi-satellite station of KNDB
Valley City (Fargo & Grand Forks) KRDK-TV 4.8 Cozi TV Major Market Broadcasting


Cincinnati WCPO-TV 9.2 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Akron-Cleveland WVPX-TV 23.2 Ion Inyo Broadcast Holdings
Columbus WCMH-TV 4.2 NBC Nexstar Media Group
Toledo WUPW 36.4 Fox Tegna Inc.


Oklahoma City KOPX-TV 62.3 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Okmulgee (Tulsa) KTPX-TV 44.3 Ion Media Networks


Portland KRCW-TV 32.3 The CW Nexstar Media Group Launched October 28, 2019[16]
Salem (Portland) KPXG-TV 22.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021


Altoona (Johnstown) WKBS-TV 47.2 Cornerstone Television Cornerstone Television
Greensburg (Pittsburgh) WPCB-TV 40.2
Pittsburgh WINP-TV 16.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Scranton (Wilkes-Barre) WQPX-TV 64.3

South Carolina

Beaufort (Savannah, GA) WSCG-LD 14.1 Court TV Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC
Charleston WHDC-LD 12.1
Columbia WZRB 47.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Greenville WGGS-TV 16.7 Religious independent Carolina Christian Broadcasting
Sumter (Columbia) WKTC 63.6 MyNetworkTV WBHQ Columbia

South Dakota

Sioux Falls KDLT-TV 46.5 NBC Gray Television


Chattanooga WYHB-CD 39.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Franklin (Nashville) WNPX-TV 28.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Jackson WYJJ-LD 27.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Jellico (Knoxville) WPXK-TV 54.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Kingsport (Tri-Cities) WKPT-TV 19.7 Cozi TV Glenwood Communications Corporation
Knoxville WKNX-TV 7.3 Independent Lockwood Broadcasting Group
Memphis WPXX-TV 50.2 Ion Television Inyo Broadcast Holdings Launched March 1, 2021
Nashville WSMV-TV 4.4 NBC Gray Television


Amarillo KAOU-LD 15.3 The Country Network HC2 Broadcasting
Conroe (Houston) KPXB-TV 49.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Corpus Christi KRIS-TV 6.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
El Paso KINT-TV 26.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Houston KEHO-LD 32.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
KIAH 39.5 The CW Nexstar Media Group
Irving (Dallas-Fort Worth) KSTR-DT 49.3 UniMas TelevisaUnivision
Laredo KLDO-TV 27.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Lubbock KLBK-TV 13.2 CBS Nexstar Media Group
McAllen (Harlingen) KNVO 48.5 Univision Entravision Communications
Midland (Odessa) KUPB 18.5
San Antonio KWEX-DT 41.5 TelevisaUnivision
Tyler KPKN-LD 33.3 Buzzr HC2 Broadcasting
Uvalde (San Antonio) KPXL-TV 26.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Waco KXXV 25.4 ABC E. W. Scripps Company
Wichita Falls KAUZ-TV 6.5 CBS American Spirit Media


Ogden (Salt Lake City) KUCW 30.4 The CW Nexstar Media Group
Salt Lake City KSTU 13.3 Fox E. W. Scripps Company Launched February 1, 2021. Replaced Stadium.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Christiansted (St. Croix) WCVI-TV 23.3 CBS Lilly Broadcasting


Manassas (Washington, D.C.) WPXW-TV 66.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Norfolk WPXV-TV 49.4 Inyo Broadcast Holdings
WTKR 3.2 CBS E. W. Scripps Company Launched October 28, 2019[16]
Richmond WTVR-TV 6.4
Roanoke WPXR-TV 38.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021


Bellevue (Seattle) KWPX-TV 33.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Spokane KREM 2.3 CBS Tegna Inc.
Tacoma (Seattle) KCPQ 13.2 Fox Fox Television Stations Launched October 28, 2019[16]

West Virginia

Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill WVVA 6.4 NBC Gray Television
Charleston WLPX-TV 29.2 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
WOCW-LD 21.1 Court TV HC2 Broadcasting
Martinsburg WWPX-TV 60.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
Operates as satellite of WPXW-TV, Manassas, VA


Crandon WMOW 4.4 ABC Allen Media Broadcasting
Eagle River WYOW 34.4
Eau Claire WQOW 18.4
Green Bay WGBA-TV 26.4 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Kenosha (Milwaukee) WPXE-TV 55.3 Ion Television Ion Media Networks Launched March 1, 2021
La Crosse WXOW 19.4 ABC Allen Media Broadcasting
Madison WKOW 27.4
Milwaukee WMKE-CD 21.1 Court TV CNZ Communications
WTMJ-TV 4.3 NBC E. W. Scripps Company
Wausau WAOW 9.4 ABC Allen Media Broadcasting


Court TV currently shows gavel to gavel live news trial coverage under the branding Court TV Live. Ted Rowlands anchors from 9 am to noon, Julie Grant from noon til 3 pm, Ashley Willcott takes over from 3 pm to 6 pm, and Michael Ayala is on from 6 pm until 8 pm. Vinnie Politan anchors Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan from 8 pm to 11 pm and is repeated twice in a row from 11 pm to 5 am.

Court TV's original programming traditionally consisted of reality legal programming and legal drama, 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 news 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.[17]

Other media

UK and Ireland

Court TV UK and Ireland
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom, Ireland
HeadquartersLondon, England.
Picture format16:9 SDTV
OwnerKatz Broadcasting, LLC (E. W. Scripps Company)
Launched8 September 2020; 3 years ago (8 September 2020).
ReplacedSony Crime Channel
Streaming media
Court TVWatch online

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".[18]

On 1 September 2020, Court TV was added to the EPG on Sky on channel 179 ahead of its official launch on 8 September 2020 as a replacement of Sony Crime Channel, according to on-screen information.

On 15 February 2021, Court TV joined the Freeview television service in the UK with a short-term deal in order to show the trial of Derek Chauvin.[19][20] It was found on channel 89[21] and joined the Law & Crime Trial Network as part of the service's offerings (though this other network is currently found as part of the streaming options on channel 271, as it is broadcast via Channelbox).[22] On June 1, 2021, Court TV shut down on Freeview, less than four months after starting, with its channel number de-activated on June 22.[23][24]

Court TV can also be found on Freesat channel 177 [25]

Former spin-offs

Canadian version

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.[26]


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.[27]

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.

Satellite radio audio simulcast

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. Scripps relaunched it over SiriusXM on May 15, 2020,[28] but again wound it down on April 21, 2022 after expanding the channel's AVOD video availability as duplicative.

Court TV Mystery

On September 30, 2019, the Escape network was rebranded as Court TV Mystery, serving as an extension to the Court TV brand.[29] The network was subsequently rebranded to Ion Mystery on February 24, 2022, with the "Ion" brand now more established regarding procedural dramas in general, including Ion Mystery's overall programming, whereas Court TV is more associated with its news division.[30]


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