Fox Reailty becoming Nat Geo spinoff

Wildlife-centric channel targeted to launch in the spring

Fox's Reality Channel is about to get more real.

In the wake of Wednesday's announcement that Fox Cable Networks would drop its Fox Reality Channel, the company has teamed with the National Geographic Channel to relaunch the channel with a new format, a spinoff of National Geographic Channel.

Called Nat Geo Wild, the new service is a joint venture between Nat Geo and Fox Cable Networks, sources confirmed.

Nat Geo Wild is targeted for a spring launch, though still needs to be approved by cable operators. Channel owners sign agreements with cable and satellite providers promising to provide a specific brand of content, so any dramatic changes must be agreed upon.

Nat Geo has been a very successful cable network, growing its ratings year over year. The new brand, which airs internationally, will focus more strictly on wildlife coverage.