Sony to Launch True Crime Channel in U.K.

Dog The Bounty Hunter Headshot - P 2012
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With shows like 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' and 'Making a Murderer' drawing a lot of buzz, the company will add to the British lineup of true crime networks, which include Discovery's ID and A+E Networks' CI.

Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Television said Monday that it would launch new channel True Crime in the U.K. later this month amid increased industry focus on the true crime genre.

Its programming lineup will include Dog the Bounty Hunter.

With shows like FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson and Netflix's Making a Murderer drawing a lot of media attention and industry buzz, the network will add to the U.K. lineup of true crime channels, which also include Discovery Communications' ID and A+E Networks' CI (Crime + Investigation).

Sony's True Crime will launch March 22 on Freeview, making it the platform’s only dedicated crime channel. Freeview is Britain's digital terrestrial TV service, available via aerials, on TV sets, set-top boxes and DVRs. It offers around 50 TV channels, including BBC and ITV networks, and radio networks for a one-off fee.

"Hosting a schedule packed with gripping real life stories, unexpected murder mysteries and law-breaking action, True Crime will be the home to shows including Deadly Women, Crime 360, The Devil You Know and The 9/11 Faker," Sony Pictures Television said. Other programming will include Caught on Camera and Paternity Court.

Sony Pictures Television's Kate Marsh, executive vp, Western Europe, international networks, said: “True Crime will be a dedicated crime channel, where viewers who are fascinated by true life stories will be able to have everything in one place. The channel further builds on the success of our Freeview channel portfolio and marks our commitment to the U.K. television market.”

True Crime is the latest addition to Sony Pictures Television's "True" channel portfolio that also includes True Entertainment, True Movies 1, True Movies 2 and True Drama. The company’s worldwide networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households.