Katz Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Company, is rebooting Court TV starting May 2019.
The 24/7 network will be devoted to live court coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the U.S’s most important and compelling trials.
Katz has acquired Court TV’s IP, including the trademark, website and original 100,000-hour library from Turner Broadcasting. The acquisition of Court TV assets also includes footage of more than 1,000 trials which will allow Court TV to revisit past trials and create original programming and specials.
Original Court TV anchor, Emmy Award-winning legal journalist Vinnie Politan will serve as lead anchor with former Court TV and CNN producers John Alleva and Scott Tufts joining as vice presidents and managing editors.
The new Court TV has inked over-the-air distribution agreements with local TV station group owners including Tribune, Scripps and Univision. Court TV will be available for cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top carriage.
The network first aired from 1991-2007. It became part of the Turner Broadcasting System portfolio in 2006, and was rebranded as truTV in 2008.
“Court TV was a top-20 cable network and at the height of its popularity when the network was taken off the air in 2008,” said Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Networks, in a statement. “Today, while consumer interest in the real-life drama of true-crime programming is at an all-time high, there is no dedicated daily court coverage on television. We expect the new Court TV to fill that void on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top.”
“Scripps and Katz look forward to reestablishing Court TV’s important legacy of providing Americans with transparency into the U.S. courts system and fulfilling our company mission of journalism and public service,” said Brian Lawlor, president of local media for Scripps. “We believe today’s TV audiences will be drawn to the network, leading to the same strong revenue growth and return on investment the other Katz networks have delivered.”