Documentary Channel (Canada)

Documentary Channel

Documentary Channel logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (82% & managing partner)
National Film Board of Canada (14%)
4 independent producers (1% each)[1]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Free Your Mind
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Formerly called Documentary
Website Documentary Channel
Bell TV Channel 336 (SD)
Channel 1310 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 513 (SD)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings
Bell Aliant Channel 346 (SD)
Channel 517 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 336 (SD)
Channel 1336 (HD)
MTS Channel 264 (SD)
Channel 1264 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9731 (SD)
Channel 731 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 86 (SD)
HuronTel Digital TV Channel 300 (HD)
VMedia Channel 325 (HD)
Zazeen Channel 95 (HD)

Documentary Channel (stylized as documentary Channel) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the National Film Board of Canada and four other independent producers. Its programming is devoted to featuring primarily documentary films along with documentary-style television series.


Licensed as The Canadian Documentary Channel on November 24, 2000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC); it was launched as the Documentary Channel on September 7, 2001 under the majority ownership of Corus Entertainment (53%), CBC (29%), NFB (14%), and the following film producers at 1% each: Omni Film Productions, Cinenova Productions, Barna-Alper Productions, and Galafilm.

On May 11, 2006, Corus Entertainment announced that it would sell its 53% majority stake in the service to the CBC; bringing the CBC's interest to 82% from its former 29%. Corus decided to sell its interest in the service because it stated documentaries were considered a non-core asset and it wanted to further focus its attention on core assets; youth, women's related programming, and films.[2] On June 22, 2007 the CRTC approved the deal and the transaction was completed.

On March 27, 2008 at 12:01 a.m. EST, the Documentary Channel changed its name to simply, documentary, along with a new logo and on-air graphics.

In October 2013, Neil Tabatznik purchased eOne Television's interest (who gained ownership in the channel when it purchased Barna-Alper Productions in January 2008) in the channel. [3]

In 2016, the CBC rebranded the channel again, slightly modifying the logo to introduce the word "channel", renaming it back to documentary Channel.

Documentary Channel HD

On April 1, 2011 the CBC launched a high definition feed simulcasting the standard definition feed. It is available on Rogers Cable, EastLink, Bell TV and Bell Fibe TV.


2001 – 2008 2008 – 2016

See also


  1. The 4 independent producers are: Omnifilm Entertainment, Cinenova Productions Inc., Neil Tabatznik, and Galafilm Inc.
  2. CBC buys into doc channel; Playback Magazine; 2006-05-29
  3. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-554, CRTC, 10-17-16

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