Fashion Television (officially named Fashion Television Channel) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned by Bell Media. The channel originally broadcast programming related to fashion, modelling, photography, art, architecture and design, and was fashioned after the CHUM Television original program, FashionTelevision.
In November 24, 2000, CHUM Limited was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Fashion Television: The Channel, described as "a national English-language specialty television service dedicated to fashion, beauty, style, art, architecture, photography and design."
The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as FashionTelevisionChannel.
In July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later called CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD. The sale was approved by the CRTC in June 2007, and the transaction was completed on June 22, 2007 with the Citytv stations were being sold to Rogers Media on October 31, 2007.
BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced on September 10, 2010, that it planned to re-acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD. The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011 and closed on April 1 of that year, at which time CTVglobemedia was renamed Bell Media.
The FashionTelevision series ended production in 2012, but repeats of that program and related series continued to air on the channel for a time. As of 2018, the channel no longer any series focusing specifically on fashion or design; instead it airs repeats of various daily talk shows to which Bell Media owns Canadian broadcast rights on weekdays, and a repeats of various drama and reality series on weekends.
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