Fox Reality Channel to Cease Operations News Corp.-owned network to make way for new venture By Melissa Grego -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/14/2009 8:00:32 PM
News Corp.'s Fox Reality Channel will cease operations on March 31, 2010 and be replaced by a new venture from the Fox Cable Networks group, a company spokesman confirmed.
"With the changing cable landscape we've made a strategic decision to shift some resources and refocus on emerging channels. However, Fox Reality Channel will remain on our lineup for at least the next several months," the spokesman said in a statement.
A party outside of the Fox Cable Networks group is in advanced conversations to participate in the new venture, which will involve a complete rebranding of the network, according to TheWrap.com, which first reported the news.
Fox Cable Networks comprises more than 30 networks, including FX and 16 owned-and-operated regional sports networks. It collaborates with partners on a number of its channels. The company has partners in National Geographic Channel and Fox Sports En Espanol services and Big Ten Network is a co-venture with the Big Ten Conference. Fox Cable Networks also is reportedly a bidder for Cox’s Travel Channel.
Fox Reality Channel President David Lyle told his staff on Oct. 14 that the network would be shuttering. The network’s senior VP of programming Bob Boden left the company earlier this fall, taking a position with Hasbro Studios.
Fox Reality Channel debuted in May 2005.
I've watched this channel, like, twice - both times when I was subjected to "American Idol Extra" - so I'm sure not gonna miss it. I'm a LITTLE curious about what might take its place.
not a huge fan, but I was able to catch all the episodes of boot camp,a show I enjoyed. also Combat Missions, which starred Rudy from Survivor.
won't miss it thought
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
You say gimmick, I say procedural. :-) That's the kind of show it was supposed to be. In the vein of L&O and CSI, you weren't supposed to care about the characters (at least not in the beginning). Victor Garber was cool, but that's a given.