Court TV, which relaunched in the U.S. in 2019 after an 11-year hiatus, has arrived in the UK via an initial deal with pay-TV giant Sky. The first batch of programming will include airing the trials of those accused in the George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery cases, as well as the R Kelly trial, which is currently ongoing.
The timing of the launch coincides with the 25th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict. To mark it, Court TV will present a marathon of its 25-episode documentary series OJ25, which looks back at the case.
“There’s been nothing like Court TV in the United Kingdom until now. American crime dramas have long been a staple on television worldwide, including the UK, while global consumer interest in the real-life drama of true-crime programming has skyrocketed, with American reality crime content as the most-watched,” said Jonathan Katz, president and CEO of Katz Networks, part of the E.W. Scripps Company. “Court TV is the only network covering these cases and these events live, as they happen, from start to finish. We anticipate viewers in the UK will embrace having a front-row seat to American criminal justice.”