National Geographic (Canadian TV channel)
National Geographic Channel logo
|Launched||August 15, 2001|
Corus Entertainment (64%)|
National Geographic Channel (20% direct, 16% indirect)
|Formerly called||National Geographic Channel (2001–2016)|
|Sister channel(s)||Nat Geo Wild|
|Website||National Geographic Channel Canada|
Channel 524 (SD)|
Channel 1609 (HD)
Channel 551 (SD)|
Channel 276 (HD)
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
Channel 289 (SD)|
Channel 446 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||
Channel 524 (SD)|
Channel 1524 (HD)
Channel 272 (SD)|
Channel 1272 (HD)
Channel 9700 (SD)|
Channel 700 (HD)
Channel 62 (SD)|
Channel 362 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 85 (HD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 92 (HD)|
National Geographic (formerly National Geographic Channel) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel 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.
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."
The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 under the ownership of Alliance Atlantis and the U.S.-based National George Channel.
On December 19, 2006, Alliance Atlantis launched a high definition simulcast of National Geographic Channel. 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.
On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.
- Decision CRTC 2000-482 CRTC 2000-12-14
- Alliance Atlantis Launches High Definition Channels Broadcaster Magazine 2006-10-11
- Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media
- CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties
- "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.