The Crime+Investigation (CI) channel (DStv 170) rebranded its Africa channel feed today with a new on-air look emphasising its "red cross" plus sign and stacked white lettering, two months after rolling out the new on-air look in the United Kingdom and in America on the channel feed for Africa that's packaged by A+E Networks UK.
Besides the new on-air look, Crime+Investigation is improving its content line-up, adding must-see shows like the controversial Leah Remini Scientology series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath from May that made waves in America as the actress speaks out and helps Scientologists desperate to leave the organisation like she did.
The latest Crime+Investigation on-air rebrand follows three years after the last on-air update of the channel that specialises in true crime documentary series.
A+E Networks says Crime+Investigation is evolving as a TV channel and will be "taking viewers to places far beyond any other crime channel".
As part of the improved Crime+Investigation channel proposition, C+I says its investing in content that will immerse viewers into real crime scenes and labs, police investigations and courtrooms and that will allow viewers to join detectives and distraught family members in their pursuit of truth.
"Crime+Investigation will redefine the genre by exploring fascinating insights into what makes people tick – their greatest hopes and aspirations, deepest fears and darkest motivations."
"Crime+Investigation has a fiercely loyal and passionate fan base worldwide," says Patrick Vien, A+E Networks's executive managing director.
'We are thrilled to unveil this evolved vision which will help us to continue elevating the crime genre with thought-provoking, investigative storytelling driven by human ingenuity."
"Paired with significant investment in original programming, we are confident that Crime+Investigation will reach new heights as we bring both core fans and new audiences even deeper into some of the most galvanizing investigations of our time."
Yusuf Nabee, A+E Networks general manager for Africa says "The slate of new content on Crime+Investigation is one that will without a doubt appeal to super fans and captivate new ones."
"With the focus on the investigation and getting viewers closer to the truth, the themes and storylines will resonate with viewers. The refresh will further build on our 10 years of bringing viewers the best in quality programming."
The true crime series Cold Case Files narrated by Danny Glover returns to Crime+Investigation with new episodes on 16 March.
Cold Case Files highlights different approaches to solving cold cases that are more wide-ranging than ever before, spanning from repressed memories and witnesses finally coming forward, to enlisting crowd-solving and social media.
Other programming on Crime+Investigation include:
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, from 3 May, 20:00
The much-anticipated American series will start on Crime+Investigation in which actress Leah Remini brings her shocking story about the world of Scientology to viewers across Africa on MultiChoice's DStv.
After she abruptly left Scientology after 34 years, Leah Remini helps Scientologists desperate to leave, in the 8-episode series. Leah also tells the story of her dramatic and often painful personal journey of having been involved with Scientology, from the age of 9 until she abruptly left in 2013.
Crimes That Shook Britain, from 20 March, 20:00
Dermot Murnaghan returns to uncover the truth behind the crimes that shocked the United Kingdom with a look at some of Britain's most disturbing cases.
The Jail: 60 Days In, from 10 April,20:50
An unprecedented look at life behind bars at Indiana's Clark County Jail as seven innocent volunteers are sent to live among its general population for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates, or staff knowing their secret.
Monster in My Family, from 18 April, 20:50
The stories of the dual lives of some of the most notorious serial killers, from the inside, with unprecedented access to their family members and intimate friends who reveal what was happening on the seemingly normal and non-criminal side of the killers, while they were carrying on their reigns of terror on the outside.
Britain's Darkest Taboos, from 28 April, 20:50
Some of the most shocking and disturbing crimes within families and relationships. Every family's worst nightmares are relived and re-told in unflinching detail by those left behind – by the families and friends, and by others whose lives have been touched – like the police officers and reporters involved in the cases.