Court TV Set to Return in May 2019
The E.W. Scripps Company is relaunching the network, which popularized the nation's true-crime obsession, as a 24/7 channel on the air and online.
All rise for Court TV as it returns to the air nearly a decade after it left the TV landscape despite earlier ratings success with the trials of O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers and others.
And original Court TV anchor Vinnie Politan will return as lead anchor. Katz Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Company, on Monday said it will relaunch Court TV as a new round-the-clock network offering gavel-to-gavel trial coverage, on the air and online.
The new Court TV network will launch in May 2019, and will be available for cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top carriage. Katz Networks also picked up Court TV’s IP, including footage of more than 1,000 trials and the original 100,000-hour Court TV library from Turner Broadcasting.
Former Court TV and CNN producers John Alleva and Scott Tufts will also serve as vice presidents and managing editors. "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,” Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Networks, said 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," he added.
For carriage, the Court TV has nabbed over-the-air TV deals with local TV station groups like Tribune, Scripps and Univision, enabling a market reach of more than 50 percent of U.S. TV households at launch.
The popularity of Court TV waned partly because of a lack of good trials to show. Dan Abrams, ABC News' chief legal analyst and the founder of Mediaite, has launched the Law&Crime Network to similarly bring live coverage of trials and other court hearings.