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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; 28 years ago (1991-07-01) (cable broadcast)
  • May 8, 2019; 3 months ago (2019-05-08) (digital broadcast) [1]
Picture format
Official website

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.

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You're not allowed to eat in here. There's a sign out front. I didn't see a sign. Ignorance is no excuse. You're a prosecutor, aren't you? Assistant United States Attorney's to the right, Federal Public Defenders to the left. You can sit together if you'd like, but if I've learned anything after 27 years of doing this, it's that you don't like to sit together. The Southern District of New York, the highest profile trial court in America. The cases are hard, the stakes are high. The lawyers on the other side are better than you. Some of you won't succeed. Some of you are not worthy. But for those of you who are, your time here will be the highlight of your career. Welcome to "The Mother Court." Inside these envelopes is your first case. You're not gonna win. Jay? My office. Did that sound like "Jay, come to my office so I can fire you" ? Or... "Jay, you're clearly my favorite!" ? - No, not that one. - What was the first one again? This is your first case. I expect you to win. Can I ask you a question? I don't want to be the help desk for every man in this office too lazy to look something up for himself. Were you too lazy to look this up for yourself? I can look this up myself. I'm giving this case to you because I think you can connect with her. I'm giving this case to you because I know you will want to crush her. Because you understand the rule breakers. Because you believe in the rule of law. Do your best. Win. I'm the guy you don't wanna go up against. I've been fighting with people like you my whole life. And I like it. You went up against Sandra Bell, right? I don't like her. I don't like what she represents. I don't like WHO she represents. My client tried to blow up The Statue of Liberty. If I ever got arrested? She'd probably be the first person I'd call. You literally broke my brain. Leonard doesn't think you're ready for this case. Well he's right. Neither one of us is ready for a case like this, but I'm at least humble enough to recognize it. Never been a fan of humility. Is this what I wanted to be when I was growing up? Yes. I'm all in. Total commitment. They're young, they're hungry, they're smart. Let them fight it out. On your report card where it said "works well with others," did you ever get a check by that?



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.[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 10th, 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 the pre-2008 Court TV original programming library from Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros. Entertainment.[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; at least one Nexstar station, WIVB, is among Court TV's initial affiliates[11]), 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.[12]


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.



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.[13]


  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.
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  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Public Notice CRTC 1997-96". Retrieved November 9, 2012.

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