12 Facts About Food Network


Food Network was established on November 23, 1993, 6:00 am as TV Food Network and in 1997, it adopted its current name.

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Schonfeld was appointed as managing director of TV Food Network and maintained a spot on its management board along with two Providence Journal employees.

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In 1996, Erica Gruen was hired as the president and CEO of TV Food Network, becoming the second woman in history to be the CEO of a U S television network.

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Food Network was first launched outside of North America in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2009, and in Asia on July 5, 2010.

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In 2002, Food Network made an appeal to the home cook by adding Paula's Home Cooking, hosted by Paula Deen.

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In June 2013, Food Network announced that they were not renewing Deen's contract due to publicity about her racial remarks revealed in a lawsuit brought on by a former worker.

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Food Network said the network's ratings in that time period grew by double digits in each of the last four years, growth that could not be sustained.

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On January 1, 2010, HGTV and Food Network were removed from cable provider Cablevision, which operates systems serving areas surrounding New York City.

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The PC game Cooking Simulator has extended downloadable content branded with Food Network, including a kitchen which resembles a Food Network competitive cooking show's studio, complete with a studio audience section.

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On terrestrial service Freeview, initially a four-hour primetime evening bloc was acquired, sharing capacity with channels including Create and Craft; subsequently Food Network relocated to its own full-day service, with the four-hour berth used to bring Travel Channel to DTT.

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Food Network was available in the Netherlands and Flanders between 22 April 2010 and 31 January 2019.

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Content from former Scripps television channels Travel Channel, Fine Living and Food Network has been integrated into the programming of Discovery, TLC and Investigation Discovery in the Benelux.

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