The current incarnation of E! is a Canadian English language specialty channel
owned by Bell Media
. Based on the American cable network of the same name
, E! is devoted to entertainment programming including news, film, television, celebrities and fashion. NBCUniversal
licenses the name and programming for the channel under a brand licensing agreement, but it doesn't hold an ownership interest.
The network was originally launched in 1999 as the similarly formatted Star!, under the ownership of CHUM Limited
. In 2010, the channel reached a deal to license the name and branding of the U.S. E! network (following a short-lived incarnation as a television system formerly known as CH
The channel was licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
and was launched on September 10, 1999 as Star!, which was originally owned by CHUM Limited
In July 2006, Bell Globemedia
(later renamed CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD
, including Star!. The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007, with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007. That fall, Star!'s daily entertainment news program ''Star! Daily
'' was cancelled and replaced with its CTV
-produced competitor, ''etalk
''. As a result of the changes, the Citytv
stations were sold to Rogers Media
that same year.
The channel broadcast programming from the equivalent American cable channel
E! until 2007 (thus the likely nod to that agreement with the exclamation mark
as part of its name), when that channel licensed its name to Global
's secondary television system
CH and transferred its programming to that service, which became known as E!
. Although the broadcast version of E! Canada ceased operations in 2009, Canwest is believed to have retained Canadian rights to E! (U.S.) programming (despite not airing it on any of its channels), preventing these series from returning to Star! Instead, the channel's schedule in these years consisted mostly of second-run talk show
s and entertainment news shows repeated from CTV
and its secondary A system (formerly A-Channel, now CTV Two
), including ''FashionTelevision
'', ''The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
'', ''The Ellen DeGeneres Show
'' and ''TMZ
On November 1, 2010, CTVglobemedia announced it had signed a multi-year and multi-platform deal with Comcast
, to return the E! brand back to Canada. Under the agreement, Star! was relaunched as E!: Entertainment Television on November 29, 2010. Ownership changed hands again, when on April 1, 2011, Bell Canada
gained full control of E! as a result of a takeover of CTVglobemedia, with the latter company becoming known as Bell Media
At E! U.S's upfronts presentation on April 30, 2012, the network unveiled a new logo and slogan, "Pop of Culture", to debut on July 9, 2012. On the same day, Bell announced that the Canadian version of the channel would adopt E!'s new branding on the same day as its debut in the U.S.
On July 12, 2012, E! Canada launched a high definition
simulcast feed. It is currently available on Bell Satellite TV
, Telus Optik TV
, Bell Aliant Fibe
Star! Logo (2000-2004).svg|Original logo as Star!, used from 1999 to 2004.
Star TV.svg|Second logo as Star!, used from 2004 to 2010.
E! Logo.svg|First logo as E!, used from 2010 to 2012.
While E! is very similar to its American counterpart, it also incorporates reruns of shows that have aired on other Bell Media services including, ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
'', ''Being Human
'', and ''Supernatural
- Canadian Communications Foundation
Category:Bell Media networks
Category:Analog cable television networks in Canada
Category:Television channels and stations established in 1999
Category:English-language television stations in Canada
Category:1999 establishments in Canada