A USA cable television channel. It runs a variety of history-related programming, unfortunately almost entirely tending toward military history and American history, with some European history. They have several original themed shows, such as History's Mysteries and History at the Movies--that's kind of neat, actually. They show a period movie and have academics on during the breaks to discuss the accuracy and inaccuracy of the film. It also has a game show, "History IQ," and presents the Harry Awards for historical films. If you didn't like history in high school, chances are the History Channel won't do anything for you. www.historychannel.com

The History Channel

After just completing a fictitious television advertisement spot for The History Channel, I know a bit more than I ever thought I would about it. Information I obtained from various sources indicates that The History Channel is a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks. A&E is a joint venture of the Hearst Corporation 37.5%; ABC, Inc., 37.5%; and NBC, 25%.

The History Channel provides 24-hour programming about past events. Program topics can be as ancient as The Great Wall of China and trying to link tangible, archeological data to the stories of the Bible. Or the programming can be much more contemporary, including Muscle Cars, F-14 Jet Fighters, and earth movers.

The channel's main office is located at:
235 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017.

Their Positioning Statement:

"The History Channel reveals the power and passion of history as a place where people experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past. The History Channel is the only place "Where the Past Comes Alive" 24 hours a day."

SRDS TV & Cable Source, Spring 2003, Vol. 85, No. 2.

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