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A&E to Launch Int’l Crime Network

10/24/2004 5:00 PM Eastern

A&E Television Networks is preparing to launch a new international network that will focus on crime and investigative programming.

The programmer, which plans to detail the network launch Monday, recently obtained trademarks for the brands i24: Investigation TV, The Criminal Investigation Channel and Crime & Investigation Channel. A spokesperson said those brands related to the launch of the new network, but the network will have a different name.

“A&E Television Networks is developing a new channel brand based on crime and investigative programming. We are planning to launch and roll out the channel internationally,” the spokesperson said Friday.

The new network will feature programming from A&E’s library, which includes Investigative Reports, Cold Case Files and Dog: The Bounty Hunter.

A&E Networks doesn’t have immediate plans to launch the new channel domestically, the spokesperson said. If the company does launch the channel domestically, it would compete with Court TV, which began marketing itself as “The Investigation Channel” in 2003.

Some U.S. programmers have developed new networks abroad before launching them in the United States, including National Geographic Channel and Hallmark Channel.

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