National Geographic (American TV channel)
As of February 2015, National Geographic is available to approximately 86,144,000 pay television households (74% of households with television) in the United States.
National Geographic Channel logo (2005–2013)
The ’90s: The Last Great Decade
, a documentary series narrated by Rob Lowe
, pulled in 1.10 million viewers, and was the second highest-rated July telecast in the National Geographic Channel rating history. The 2000s: A New Reality
, also narrated by Lowe, premiered on July 12, 2015.
On November 14, 2016, National Geographic Channel was rebranded as simply National Geographic, dropping the "Channel" from its name.
On December 14, 2017, in a deal
, The Walt Disney Company
announced it would buy the majority of 21st Century Fox
. Disney would assume control of Fox's controlling stake in the National Geographic partnership thereafter.
Following the acquisition, National Geographic and its sister channels were folded into Walt Disney Television
, with the president of the National Geographic Partners reporting directly to the Walt Disney Television chairman.
Disney officially closed the deal on March 20, 2019, having then added Nat Geo into its portfolio of networks.
National Geographic Channel's TV shows, in alphabetical order:
Theme fanfare music
The National Geographic Channel's signature theme fanfare
music, which is played at the beginning of many of the channel's television programs, was composed by Elmer Bernstein
. It was originally written in 1964 for the Society's television specials
, which were broadcast on CBS
from 1964 until the early 2000s.
Other National Geographic US channels
National Geographic Channel HD
The United States 720p high definition
simulcast of the National Geographic Channel launched in January 2006. It is available on all major cable and satellite providers.
Nat Geo Wild
Nat Geo Wild (stylized as Nat Geo WILD or abbreviated as NGW) is a cable/satellite TV channel focused on animal-related programs. It is a sister network to National Geographic Channel and it is the latest channel to be jointly launched by the National Geographic Society and Fox Cable Networks. It was launched in United States on March 29, 2010, focusing primarily on wildlife and natural history programming.
Nat Geo Mundo
Nat Geo Mundo is broadcast in American Spanish, and was launched in 2011.
It shares programming with the Nat Geo Channel available in Hispanic American countries.
Nat Geo TV
individual episodes of National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild
's original series and documentaries (which are made available live)
Controversy and criticism
Archaeologists have protested that National Geographic shows such as Diggers
and Nazi War Diggers
promote the looting and destruction of archaeological sites by promoting the work of metal detecting souvenir hunters and collectable dealers.
In 2013 the National Geographic Channel set off a firestorm of controversy with its reality show Diggers
. Professional archaeologists from the Society for Historical Archaeology
, the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400–present), roundly criticized the network for promoting the theft of cultural materials on public and private land.
The show Nazi War Diggers
was accused of showing unscientific and disrespectful handling of human remains. A promotional quote from a military relic dealer, "I feel that by selling things that are Nazi-related and for lots of money, I am preserving things that museums don't want to deal with," was removed from the channel's website in March 2014. National Geographic expressed regret for how the series was presented by its own website but maintained that many of the accusations against the series were based on misinformation.
The show was repackaged, amid controversy, as Battlefield Recovery
for air during 2016 on Channel 5
in the UK.
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