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National Geographic (Canada)

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National Geographic
LaunchedAugust 15, 2001
Owned byCorus Entertainment (64%)
National Geographic Channel (20% direct, 16% indirect)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganLive curious.
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledNational Geographic Channel (2001–2016)
Sister channel(s)Nat Geo Wild
WebsiteNational Geographic Channel Canada
Bell TVChannel 524 (SD)
Channel 1609 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 551 (SD)
Channel 276 (HD)
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 289 (SD)
Channel 446 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 524 (SD)
Channel 1524 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 272 (SD)
Channel 1272 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9700 (SD)
Channel 700 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 62 (SD)
Channel 362 (HD)
VMediaChannel 85 (HD)
ZazeenChannel 92 (HD)

National Geographic (formerly National Geographic Channel) is a Canadian discretionary service owned by Corus Entertainment and National Geographic Channel (U.S.). It features documentary and human interest programming that explores the natural world. The service, like its international counterparts, is based on National Geographic Magazine.


Programming includes specials and theme weeks such as 'Pharaoh's Week' and 'Shark Week'. The programs broadcast revolve around the following topics: wildlife, history, science and technology, people and culture, and travel and adventure.


Original logo used from 2001-2002
Original logo used from 2001-2002

In November 2000, Alliance Atlantis (on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated) was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service called National Geographic Channel. It was described as a service that will "feature documentary programming in the areas of geography, world cultures, anthropology, remote exploration, natural conservation and geo-politics. Its programs will draw on pre-eminent resources, talent and expertise and use rare and spectacular images, riveting storytelling and innovative technology to bring the pages of the National Geographic Magazine to life."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 under the ownership of Alliance Atlantis and the U.S.-based National George Channel.

Previous logo used from 2002-2016
Previous logo used from 2002-2016

On December 19, 2006, Alliance Atlantis launched a high definition simulcast of National Geographic Channel.[2] It is available through all major TV providers in Canada.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in National Geographic Channel. On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of National Geographic Channel as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[3][4]

On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.[5] Months later, National Geographic Channel was simply renamed to just National Geographic.

See also


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-482 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Alliance Atlantis Launches High Definition Channels Broadcaster Magazine 2006-10-11
  3. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.

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