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Disney Junior

Disney Junior programming was originally licensed to Canada and launched on November 30, 2007 as a multiplex channel of Astral's Family Channel.  The channel was re-launched under the Disney Junior brand on May 6, 2011.

On June 27, 2013, after a previous such application had been denied in 2012, the CRTC approved an application by Astral Media Inc. to sell its pay and specialty television channels, conventional television stations and radio stations to BCE Inc., including  Disney Junior.


CTV’s application for a licence for The Comedy Network was approved in 1996, and the channel was launched the following year.  Offering a 24-hour service, the channel’s schedule included stand-up comedy, improv, sketches, sitcoms, game shows, animation and talk shows, from both Canadian and foreign sources, including material first seen on the full CTV Network.

The channel's strong schedule made it a viewer favourite for many years, and in June 2010 CTV announced the addition to the Comedy Channel program line-up of Conan O'Brien's late-night show.


Licensed in 1994, Bravo went on the air the following January 1st. Promoted as Canada’s New Style Arts Channel, Bravo covered all facets of the Arts, with movies, specials documentaries and interviews covering everything from ballet to architecture, and from literature to jazz. The Network was owned by CHUM Limited, until CTVglobemedia's acquisition of the assets of CHUM was approved by the CRTC in June 2007. 

Book Television

Book TelevisionBook Television – The Channel was licensed in November 2000 to the Access Media Group, a subsidiary of CHUM Limited and the operators of both ACCESS, the Alberta educational channel, and the specialty channel Canadian Learning Television, and was launched in September 2001. The suffix “The Channel” was dropped shortly thereafter.

BNN Bloomberg

Report on Business Television was originally licensed in 1996 to the Globe and Mail, WIC and Cancom, and began its service in 1999.  It was acquired outright by CanWest Global in 2000, but was acquired by Bell Globemedia ( later CTVglobemedia)  in November of that year.

Operated under the aegis of CTV News, ROBTV provided business news of all kinds, as well as regular stock market ticker information, discussion and opinion pieces, and in general a broad reflection of the material that graced the pages of the Bell-owned Globe and Mail’s own Report on Business section.


ASN was owned by Bell Media, with its studios located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was part of Bell Media's A Network, though uniquely with no over-the-air signal.

The satellite to cable channel had launched as the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) in 1983, and carried  programming from CHUM's Citytv and A-Channel . Some CTV programs were added beginning in the early 2000s.



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