Cooking Channel is a Canadian English language Category B cable and satellite specialty channel and a localized version of the United States cable channel of the same name that is owned by Corus Entertainment and Scripps Networks Interactive. Dedicated to programming related to food and cooking, its branding is licensed from Discovery Inc. (formerly Scripps Networks Interactive), which holds a minority ownership, and is also a partner on sister channel Food Network.
In June 2001, CHUM Limited received approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national Category 2 specialty channel known as Relationship Television, a channel described as being "devoted exclusively to programming related to love, romance, marriage, relationship-themed game shows, sexuality and gender issues, family planning, relationship breakdown and magazine style programming featuring romantic vacation resorts."
The channel was launched three months later on September 7, 2001 as SexTV: The Channel, a channel modeled after and its name derived from SexTV, a now-former program on Citytv (which was a CHUM-owned property at the time). SexTV aired programming on sex and human sexuality, including issues on love, dating, romance and related subjects.
In July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated CAD$1.7 billion, included in the sale was SexTV: The Channel. The sale was approved by the CRTC on June 8, 2007, and the transaction was completed on June 22, 2007.
On July 14, 2009, CTVglobemedia announced that it would sell Sex TV, along with Drive-In Classics (now Sundance Channel), to Corus Entertainment for a combined CAD$40 million. In late September, Corus announced that the channel would be rebranded as W Movies, a spin-off of W Network with a focus on films targeting women. The sale was approved by the CRTC on November 19, with the transaction being completed by December. The on-air relaunch as W Movies took place on March 1, 2010.
On December 2, 2011, W Movies launched a high definition feed.
On October 19, 2016, Corus announced that a Canadian version of the Cooking Channel—a spin-off of its Canadian version of Food Network, would launch on December 12, 2016, replacing W Movies. Its launch came several months after Bell Media's launch of Gusto, which competes directly against Food Network. Scripps Network LLC subsequently acquired a 19.8% interest in the channel.
On December 12, 2016, the Company sold a 19.8% interest in 7202377 Canada Inc. (the “Cooking Channel”), a subsidiary, to Scripps Network LLC for $7,500, the fair value at the date of the sale. Cash proceeds of $5,250 were received upon closing. Control of this subsidiary did not change, therefore a business combination did not occur