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TLC is an American basic cable channel that is owned by Discovery, Inc. Initially focused on educational and learning content, by the late 1990s, the network began to primarily focus towards reality series involving lifestyles, family life, and personal stories.
This article is about the TV channel in the United States and Canada. For other uses, see TLC.

TLC (originally an initialism for The Learning Channel) is an American pay television channel that is owned by Discovery, Inc. Initially focused on educational and learning content, by the late 1990s, the network began to primarily focus towards reality series involving lifestyles, family life, and personal stories.

As of February 2015, TLC was available to watch in approximately 95 million American households (81.6% of households with cable television) in the United States.[1]

1972–80: Early history

The station was established in 1972 by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and NASA as the Appalachian Community Service Network,[2][3] and was an enlightening and instructional system concentrated on giving genuine training through the vehicle of TV; it was dispersed at no expense by NASA satellite.

1980–98: The Learning Channel, "A spot for learning minds"

ACSN was privatized in 1980, and its name was changed to The Learning Channel in November of that year; the name was in this manner abbreviated to "TLC."[4] (NASA quickly propelled NASA TV as the ACSN's interior substitution.) The station generally highlighted narrative substance relating to nature, science, history, recent developments, prescription, innovation, cooking, home improvement, and other data based points. These are frequently agreed[by whom?] to have been progressively centered, increasingly specialized, and of a more scholastic nature than the substance that was being communicated at the time on its adversary, The Discovery Channel. The channel was designed for a curious and thin group of spectators during this time, and had humble appraisals with the exception of the sailing security arrangement Captain's Log, delivered and facilitated by Mark Graves, a.k.a. Commander Mark Gray. Skipper's Log circulated week after week in primetime on TLC from 1987 to 1990. It accomplished between a 4.5 to 6 offer in the appraisals and was the most elevated remunerated arrangement throughout the entire existence of TLC with more than multiple times the pay of some other TLC series.[citation needed]

By the mid 1990s, The Learning Channel was a sister channel to the Financial News Network (FNN), which claimed 51 percent of the channel with Infotechnology Inc. After FNN went into liquidation in 1991, the Discovery Channel's proprietors went into talks to buy The Learning Channel. An understanding was made with FNN and Infotech to purchase their offers for $12.75 million (comparable to $23.45 million today). The non-benefit Appalachian Community Service Network claimed 35 percent of the system, and was likewise purchased out.[5]

The Learning Channel kept on concentrating basically on instructional and instructive programming through a significant part of the 1990s, yet started to flying demonstrations less centered around training and themed more toward prevalent utilization and mass showcasing; these eventual later extended.

TLC still broadcast instructive projects, for example, Paleoworld (a show about ancient animals), however increasingly more of its programming started to be committed to specialty spectators for shows with respect to subjects like home improvement (HomeTime and Home Savvy were two of the principal), expressions and artworks, wrongdoing projects, for example, The New Detectives, medicinal programming (especially reality-based shows finishing genuine patients the procedure of tasks), and different shows that spoke to daytime crowds, especially housewives. This was to be demonstrative of a significant change in programming substance and target group of spectators throughout the following barely any years.

1998–2006: "Life Unscripted", new bearing

Maybe because of poor appraisals from a tight target crowd, TLC started to investigate new roads beginning in the late 1990s, deemphasizing instructive material for entertainment.[4] "Prepared Set Learn", the system's youngsters' program square, was gradually decreased during that time as the system intentionally diverted watchers towards the entire day lineup of kids' customizing on Discovery Kids. The square was dropped totally in late 2008, and Cable in the Classroom programming, implied for recording by educators, had totally vanished by the mid 2000s.

In 1998, the channel started to separate itself from its unique name "The Learning Channel", and rather started to publicize itself just as "TLC". During this period, there was an immense move in content, with most new writing computer programs being outfitted towards reality-dramatization and inside structure appears. The colossal accomplishment of shows like Trading Spaces, Junkyard Wars, A Wedding Story, and A Baby Story exemplified this new move in programming towards increasingly mass-claim appears.

This came when Discovery itself was upgrading quite its very own bit programming, presenting shows like American Chopper (which Discovery moved to TLC for a period). A significant part of the old, all the more instructively engaged programming can even now be found at times scattered among different stations possessed by Discovery Communications. A large portion of TLC's modifying today is equipped towards reality-based show or interests, for example, home plan, crisis room or restorative dramatizations, extraordinary climate, law authorization, dating, and human intrigue programs.

2006–08: "Live and learn"

On March 27, 2006, the system propelled another look and limited time battle, dropping the "Existence Unscripted" tag and presenting another subject, "Live and pick up", attempting to pivot the system's dependence on enhancing shows and reality programming. As a component of the new crusade, the channel's unique name, "The Learning Channel", came back to intermittent utilization in advancements. The new topic likewise played on life lessons,[clarification needed] which included intensely in the system's publicizing and limited time cuts. This crusade utilized cleverness to speak to an intended interest group in their 30s.[6][7]


Toward the beginning of March 2008, TLC propelled a marginally revived look and limited time battle, close by another motto: "Life shocks". This new trademark came as TLC moved much more to individual stories, and away from the once-ruling home improvement appears. Projects concentrated on family life turned into the center of the channel. Jon and Kate Plus 8, which by 2008 was the most noteworthy appraised program on TLC,[8] and Little People, Big World were joined by 17 Kids and Counting (which became 18 Kids and Counting and afterward 19 Kids and Counting as the Duggars, the family that the arrangement fixates on, extended), and Table for 12 out of 2008 and 2009 separately. The arrangement Toddlers and Tiaras additionally appeared in 2008, and demonstrated prevalent enough to generate a turn in 2012, Here Comes Honey Boo, concentrating on the family life of repeating hopeful Alana "Nectar Boo" Thompson, which was dropped in 2014. Additionally debuting on TLC in 2009 was Cake Boss, which centers around the head cook at Carlo's Bakery and his staff, who for the most part comprise of his family.

In July 2014, TLC presented another motto and limited time crusade, "Everybody Needs a Little TLC", which kept on expanding upon the system's present spotlight on close to home stories and family life.[9]

In 2017, home structure programming started to come back to the system with the debut of Nate and Jeremiah By Design; the arrangement was recharged for a second season.[10] In April 2018, TLC debuted a recovery of Trading Spaces (which went with the season 2 debut of Nate and Jeremiah By Design); the season debut and a going with gathering exceptional were seen by 2.8 million watchers, denoting the system's most elevated evaluated Saturday primetime program since 2010.[11]

In March 2018, Discovery Communications obtained Scripps Networks Interactive, and was renamed Discovery, Inc. TLC president Nancy Daniels left the system to turn into the central brand official of Discovery's verifiable systems, to supplant the active Rich Ross. She was supplanted by Scripps Networks' main software engineer Kathleen Finch as boss brand official of Discovery's way of life systems, supervising TLC and the six systems earlier claimed by SNI, (for example, HGTV and Food Network), among others.[12]

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