Discovery Communications, LLC

The Learning Channel (TLC) is owned by Discovery Communications. Before 1992, TLC was an Appalachian learning channel that started in 1972. In America, 95 percent of television owners can watch TLC. The roots of TLC can be traced back to NASA and The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The name TLC was used as early as 1980 to describe the news channel. Despite its roots in educational television, TLC deviated from its normal programming to start offering reality TV series. Starting around 1998, TLC made entertainment headlines for new styles of shows like A Baby Story, Trading Spaces, American Chopper, and A Wedding Story. Reality TV shows from TLC include Toddlers and Tiaras, All-American Muslim, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.