16 Apr 2019

TV channel sets its day in court

Court TV unveils launch date and programming plans promising “gavel-to-gavel” live coverage of America's most fascinating trials all day.

Court TV

Katz Networks, part of The EW Scripps Company has announced the new Court TV will premiere across all platforms on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m./EDT. The company also revealed the programming schedule for the iconic brand's unprecedented return and launched the new courtv.com.

Gavel-to-gavel coverage

The Court TV weekday schedule will kick-off daily at 9:00 a.m. EDT with live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the most important and compelling trials being conducted across America. Yodit Tewolde has the morning shift at the Court TV news desk, anchoring trial coverage from 9.00am to 12 Noon. Julie Grant hosts from Noon to 3.00pm, and then Seema Iyer takes the chair from 3.00pm to 6.00pm (all times Eastern.) The team is comprised of seasoned journalists and lawyers who have successfully blended television and legal careers. The first trial the network will be covering will be announced shortly. When the court recesses for the day, the pillar of the network's primetime will be Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan, weeknights from 6.00pm to 9.00 pm. A lawyer and former prosecutor who became an EMMY Award-winning legal journalist, Mr Politan is Court TV's lead anchor.

Sporting law?

Mr Politan said, “what SportsCenter is to sports, Closing Arguments will be to the legal world. Viewers will get nightly highlights of the trial we're covering, plus we'll also tick through news from the other major true crime stories of the day. After our great, all-day trial coverage, it'll be must-see viewing for those who want to keep up with everything happening in our nation's legal system and courtrooms.” For nearly two decades, Court TV brought high-profile courtroom dramas into American living rooms. Continuing that legacy, the new Court TV will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be carried on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top. Court TV already has agreements with local TV station group owners for Court TV to reach more than 50 percent of US television households at launch, with concurrent cable carriage reaching 25 percent of US cable homes. More distribution agreements will be announced before launch.