Cartoon Network (Europe)

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For more information prior to the Cartoon Network Europe demerger, see Cartoon Network (UK & Ireland)
Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network logo.svg
Cartoon Network

17 September 1993 as Cartoon Network UK/Europe

August 1999 demerged from Cartoon Network UK/Europe
Owned by Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner)
Slogan Check it
Language English
Broadcast area Middle East, Africa, Cyprus
Headquarters Turner House,
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom[1]
Sister channel(s) Boomerang (CEE)
Boomerang (EMEA)
Boomerang (France)
Boomerang (Germany)
Boomerang (Italy)
Boomerang (Netherlands)
Boomerang (Nordic)
Boomerang (UK & Ireland)
Mediaset Premium (Italy) Channel 353
N HDTV Channel 94
Max TV Macedonia Channel 205
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 360
Poverkhnost Channel 68
Globecast Channel 50
DigitAlb Channel 86
NC+ Channel 101
CYTA Channel 32
DStv Channel 301
Good TV (Turkey) Channel 170
HEF Satellite Service (Turkey) Channel 93
UPC Romania Channel 502 (digital with DVR)
Channel 122 (digital)
HEF Cable Service (Turkey) Channel 93
Kujtesa (Kosova) Channel 39
ELTA TV (Republic of Serbia) Channel 41
MaxTV (Macedonia) 203
MaxTV (Croatia) 206
Open IPTV (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 202

Cartoon Network MEA (or Cartoon Network Africa) is an MEA & Cyprus (Middle East, Africa & Cyprus), ex pan-European digital television channel created by Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner and dedicated to showing animated programming. Based on the original American version of the channel (which launched on 1 October 1992), it launched on 17 September 1993 and demerged from Cartoon Network UK/Europe in August 1999.

Cartoon Network used to broadcast in time-sharing with TCM. This channel airs classic movies from 21:00 pm until 06:00 am, while Cartoon Network runs for the rest of the day. Nowadays, Hungary is the only country that still uses this formula. Any other European feed broadcasts 24 hours a day, although some TV providers still prefer to broadcast Cartoon Network together with TCM.

Broadcast locations[edit]

The pan-European feed launched on 17 September 1993 as Cartoon Network UK/Europe. It broadcast all over Europe in English. A Spanish audio track was launched on 4 March 1994. A Swedish, Danish, French, Italian and Norwegian track launched around the same time.

Cartoon Network (Netherlands) was launched on 12 July 1997. Another feed launched in June 1998, which aired in France, Italy and Spain. The pan-European feed kept airing in the other parts of Europe.

Cartoon Network (Italy) became independent a few months later, while Cartoon Network (Spain) and Cartoon Network (France) split on 23 August 1999. Cartoon Network (Poland) launched on 1 September 1998.

On 15 October 1999, Cartoon Network (UK & Ireland) officially split off from the pan-European version, this was when the shared transponder analogue feed on Astra 1C became scrambled with VideoCrypt and when the short-lived UK and Ireland only version of TNT launched.

Scandinavia got their own feed on 1 January 2000, broadcasting in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and English. Cartoon Network (Nordic) is also available in Iceland and Finland.

The Dutch Cartoon Network closed down on 31 July 2001. It was replaced with the pan-European feed on 1 August 2001. A Dutch audio track was added on the same day. A Russian audio track was added on 1 April 2005 and Greek subtitles were available since 20 June 2005. The Polish feed added a Romanian and Hungarian feed on 30 September 2002.

Cartoon Network (Germany) launched on 5 December 2006 and Cartoon Network (Turkey) on 28 January 2008.

Romania got its own feed in January 2008 (also known as CN CEE). On 1 October 2009, the Hungarian audio track of Cartoon Network (Poland) moved to Cartoon Network (Central & Eastern Europe). It's airing 24 hours a day in Romania and Moldova, but not in Hungary. Czech Republic and Slovakia receive Cartoon Network CEE in English.

Bulgaria got its own version on 1 October 2009 in Bulgarian and English. The Russian audio track moved to this feed on the same day. Cartoon Network (Russia and Southeastern Europe) airs 24 hours a day since 1 January 2014. Formerly, Russia was the only country who received the 24-hour feed.

Cartoon Network (Arabic) launched on 10 September 2010. It's the only feed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa which isn't available in English. The Spanish feed closed down on 1 July 2013, together with the Spanish Cartoonito. Spanish people can still watch Cartoon Network on Boing (as ¡Findes! Cartoon Network). The Portuguese feed launched on 1 October 2013 in Angola and Mozambique. It launched in Portugal on 3 December 2013.

Nowadays, the ex pan-European feed still airs in the Greek part of Cyprus and it's also one of the 4 feeds you can watch in the Middle East and Africa. (The other ones are Cartoon Network (Arabic), Cartoon Network (France) and Cartoon Network (Portugal)) It broadcasts in English and Greek subtitles are available. The other European countries all have their own local feed.

The channel started 16:9 broadcasts on 6 October, 2014; it also got the new Check it 3.0 look on the same day.

Sister channels[edit]


Boomerang logo.
Main article: Boomerang (EMEA)

Boomerang is a television channel featuring classic cartoons, notably from the Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. Animation library, and selected cartoons from the Cartoon Network Studios library. This is a version of the channel that is broadcast in Europe, portions of Africa, and of the Middle East. All Boomerang programming is available in English and local languages. It was launched on 5 June 2005.


Cartoonito logo.
Main article: Cartoonito

Cartoonito is a pre-school brand owned and distributed by Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd, available as dedicated television channels in the United Kingdom and Italy, and also as a branded block of content on Boomerang in Germany and Scandinavia.[2] The brand is aimed at young children under the age of 6 years.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cartoon Network Pan Feed". Ofcom. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Whittock, Jesse (2011-04-21). "Cartoonito spreads across EMEA". C21Media. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  3. ^ [1]

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