Cartoon Network (Nordic)
|Launched||January 1, 2000|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Audience share||0.5% (Sweden 2008, )|
|Broadcast area||Nordic countries|
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom
|Sister channel(s)||Boomerang (Nordic), Adult Swim (Nordic)|
|Com Hem||Channel 150 (Sweden)|
|Canal Digital||Channel 93 (Sweden)|
Cartoon Network is a television channel broadcasting youth and children's programmes to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The channel was created in 2000 when it replaced the Pan-European version of Cartoon Network in the region.
Cartoon Network was originally twinned with movie channel TNT in a pan-European version. Cartoon Network ran from 6:00am until 8:00pm CET, with TNT taking over from 8:00pm to 6:00am CET. Some programs on the pan-European feed were dubbed into Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, dubbed locally by companies such as SDI Media Denmark and Dubberman Denmark, for the Danish soundtrack.
On 16 December 1996, it became a 24-hour channel, as did TNT. However, a version of the channel called TNT & Cartoon Network continued to appear on some providers. In 2000, a regional Scandinavian version of Cartoon Network was created, broadcasting in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.
Most of the programming comes with monophonic English, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian soundtracks. The self-imposed necessity to dub material into three languages takes a heavy toll on the availability of new programs in the feed, which may come late, in smaller amount or not come at all. Existing programming is heavily recycled. The feed has seen an upsurge of commercial advertising in recent years, despite being distributed only on pay-TV. Most of the commercials and announcements on English soundtrack are nevertheless in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.
In mid-May 2006, the Cartoon Network logo was changed from the original logo to the British one, as well as the pre-show idents and promos were changed to the British style. The Boomerang block was removed but most of its program content still remains in the channel.
In mid-May 2009, the idents and promos once again changed, now consisting of arrows, flying in and out of the Cartoon Network Logo.
In early 2011, the logo and idents were changed to the ones currently shown on the American Cartoon Network.
In Sweden, from October 1, 2012 there are local Swedish commercials on the channel instead of the pan-Nordic feed seen in the other countries.
Since November 1, 2013 Cartoon Network started to air in 16:9 (Widescreen).
Although the channel broadcasts around the clock, some distributors only broadcast the channel between 6:00am. and 9:00pm, with Turner Classic Movies filling the remainder of the schedule. Distributors who only broadcast the partial version include Viasat, Telia Digital-tv and many smaller analogue cable systems. The channel is not available in Finnish audio but some of the programs on the channel are available in Finnish or English audio on other channels such as MTV3, Sub Juniori, Sub,and Nelonen.
Current programming blocks
Cartoon Network Classics
Mainly shows Cartoon Cartoons, along with other programming dropped from the main schedule. It airs at 2:00am CET, to 4:00am CET. The block is not advertised, and does not have any special bumpers. It also lacks commercials.
Past programming blocks
Similar to its American and British counterpart, this block mainly showcased action-orientated cartoons. However, not much anime was shown, and rather focused on using the network's original content. Shows that were shown included Samurai Jack, Batman of the Future, X-Men: Evolution, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Justice League, Beyblade and Megas XLR.
Would usually air older content, such as Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, Tom and Jerry, and various Hanna–Barbera cartoons. When it was removed, its content was spread around the schedule, but over the years, the shows have either been removed, or has been moved to Boomerang.
Each week, the viewers were given a chance to vote on two different shows via the network's website. The show with the most votes aired at 8:10am CET, both on Saturdays and Sundays. The show also gave the chance for the viewers to become the host, regardless if they live in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, or Iceland. However, if, for example, a Swedish host was chosen as a host, the host was dubbed into other languages for the other soundtracks.
The block is currently defunct, but is still advertised on the network's website.