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ACSN The Learning Channel 1987 The Learning Channel 1989 TLC blue logo 1996 TLC (1992) TLC (2006)
1972–1980 1980–1989 1989–1992 1992–1998 1998–2006 2006–present

Appalachian Community Service Network



The Learning Channel


The Learning Channel 1987

Appalachian Community Service Network was privatized in 1980, and its name was changed to it's nickname The Learning Channel in November of that year; the name was subsequently shortened to "TLC."


The Learning Channel 1989

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TLC blue logo 1996

From 1992 to 1998, the company's full name "The Learning Channel" appeared beneath the logo, which is three squares with letters 'T', 'L' and 'C' on them.



TLC (1992)

In 1998, the channel began to distance itself from its original name "The Learning Channel", and instead began to advertise itself only as "TLC". During this period, there was a huge shift in content, with most new programming being geared towards reality-drama and interior design shows.


TLC (2006)

On March 27, 2006, the network launched a new look and promotional campaign, dropping the "Life Unscripted" tag and introducing a new theme, "Live and learn", trying to turn around the network's reliance on decorating shows and reality programming. As part of the new campaign, the channel's original name, "The Learning Channel", returned to occasional usage in promotions. TLC was the first Discovery Communications-owned network to have a modern logo, with the second being the Discovery Channel in 2008.

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