Time Life TelevisionTime Life Television was a division of Time Life Films and was the television production and distribution arm of Time Inc. With CBS, they led a partnership to export their shows overseas. Time Life Television also owned several TV stations in the United States beginning in the 1950s through to 1983, but most of the stations were sold to McGraw-Hill in 1972 following FCC approval. (The deal first began in 1970.) Those stations included the following:
* KLZ-TV in Denver, Colorado from 1954 to 1972. * WFBM-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1957 to 1972. * WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1957 to 1983 when it was sold to LIN Broadcasting. * KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California from 1964 to 1972. * KOGO-TV in San Diego, California from 1962 to 1972.
Time Life Television was most notable as the U.S. distributor of the BBC television output including Doctor Who and Monty Python's Flying Circus. Time-Life's deal with the BBC expired on April 30, 1981.
Time Life was also a financial backer for commercial TV broadcasting outside the United States, mostly in Middle and South America. With a joint venture between CBS and Goar Mestre they backed in Argentina, PROVENTEL in Venezuela (now VTV) and Panamericana Televisión in Peru. In Brazil, they backed Rede Globo, owned by the Marinho family.
Time Life's investments in the United States, Middle and South America in the 1950s and 1960s were largely unsuccessful, due to the stations' owners unhappy with their agreements. The only exception was TV Globo in Brazil, owned by the Marinho family, which was financially backed by Time Life until 1970.
By 1970, Time decided to sell its television stations and to concentrate in cable development. Eventually Time Life joined Sterling Manhattan Cable, owned by Charles Dolan and launched Home Box Office, which eventually became the largest premium television service in the United States. Due to an early financial loss, Dolan eventually sold his stake HBO to Time Inc. Time merged with Warner Communications, Inc. in 1989, as HBO became part of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia). Provided by Wikipedia