Court TV v. Law/Crime

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It took three decades, but come May, you can finally choose between two 24/7 channels featuring live courtroom trials and analysis: a rebooted Court TV and the streaming-only Law & Crime Network.

Back in 1990, both the American Trial Network and In Court were rushing towards cable launches. But they soon merged into the original Court TV, which launched in 1991, eventually to be replaced by TruTV.

E.W. Scripps’ Katz Networks has now acquired Court TV from WarnerMedia’s Turner Broadcasting and will relaunch the network in May, primarily as a free over-the-air channel. Court TV’s lead anchor will be Vinnie Politan, who presided at Court TV and Tru TV for more than a decade starting in 2001.

Law & Crime Network was created two years ago by Dan Abrams, a Court TV reporter from 1994-1997, who’s also chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News and host of A&E’s Live PD.

Katz – whose other over-the-air channels include black-focused Bounce, female-focused Escape, male-focused Grit and comedy-focused Laff – said Court TV will be available via antenna at launch to more than 50 percent of US households, including those in the top five markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Ft. Worth).

Law & Crime Network is available right now at; on YouTube, Xumo and Pluto TV; through various apps, and right here:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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