What Happened to Court TV?

October 9, 2023

When Court TV first launched in 1991, it brought live gavel-to-gavel coverage of sensational trials into American homes. As the channel gained popularity, it aired the Menendez brothers’ trial and OJ Simpson’s case before a merger of its owners forced the network to change its name to truTV and focus more on reality shows aimed at a younger audience. It gradually faded into obscurity. But now, the new Court TV is back with a fresh start under new owners.

Court TV has been reborn under the ownership of Katz Broadcasting, which is part of the E. W. Scripps Company. The revived network will be available over the air and on some cable systems. The channel will be a mix of original programming and syndicated series including Forensic Files, CSI, Bones, and Leverage.

The network’s weekday schedule focuses on live coverage of current trials with analysis from anchors. It also includes a daily news block, In Session, that covers the latest details of high-profile cases. On weekends, the network will swap out its live coverage for syndicated shows like Escaping Polygamy and Small Town Secrets.

One of the network’s mainstays is Vinnie Politan, a former Court TV and HLN anchor who is returning as the lead anchor. He’ll be joined by a team of legal correspondents and reporters led by vice presidents John Alleva and Scott Tufts, who have years of experience producing trial coverage for Court TV and CNN.


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