Cartoon Network (Pakistan)

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Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network 2010 logo.svg
Launched April 2, 2004; 11 years ago (2004-04-02)
Owned by Turner International Pakistan (Time Warner Inc.)
Slogan It's a FUN Thing!
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu
English
Broadcast area Pakistan
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Tajikistan
Iran
Headquarters Karachi, Pakistan
Sister channel(s) POGO
HBO
CNN
WB Channel
Website Click Here Watch Online
Availability
Satellite
Telenor (Intelsat 20) 3974 H
Channel 10
Cable
SUN (Pakistan) Channel 21
UCS (Bangladesh) Channel 18
IPTV
PTCL Smart TV (Pakistan) Channel 42

Cartoon Network is a cable and satellite television channel created by Turner International Pakistan, a unit of Time Warner which primarily shows animated programming. The channel officially launched on April 2, 2004.[1] The channel has two feeds for Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is also available in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. Cartoon Network Pakistan timings are according to Pakistan Standard Time (+5 GMT). It has also another time shift version (+6 GMT) which is available in Bangladesh.

History[edit]

Cartoon Network (Pakistan), started on 2 April 2004 is a separate feed dedicated for Pakistani viewers.Programs broadcast on this feed are almost identical to the programs broadcast on Cartoon Network India, with the exception of a few shows. It has a translation in some areas. The channel is basically a relay version of Cartoon Network (India). The major differences between Cartoon Network India and Cartoon Network Pakistan are timings, advertisements and contest addresses.[2][3]

2005 - 2008[edit]

In 2005 the bumpers were replaced with 3-D animations of a 'city' that all the Cartoon Network toons lived in. Show-specific bumpers were replaced with 3-D animations of a well-known scene from the particular show. The retro, checker board logo was replaced with the 'CN' city-style logo of today. In 2006, several new Cartoon Network originals premiered, including Robotboy, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and Camp Lazlo. This style was continued until 2008.

2008 - Present[edit]

On 1 September 2008, the format of Cartoon Network's bumpers and commercials changed and also they changed the name of Cartoon Network Theatre to Cartoon Network Popcorn. With the major visual theme being the recurring 'dynamic line' in all the station IDs and bumps etc. Not only this but also the way of announcing break during cartoons was recreated as from 1 September when break comes during the cartoons it was totally change from the old one.

Programming Blocks on Cartoon Network Pakistan[edit]

Cartoon Network Pakistan is available in English and Hindi. The channel carries a number of popular animated shows mainly from the WB vault, the Cartoon Network Studios and some Japanese anime series. Classic Hanna-Barbera shows like The Flintstones and Swat Kats which are no longer available on Cartoon Network since the launch of the separate TV channel Boomerang. Interestingly, Boomerang is not available in Pakistan, rendering these shows along with many other classic greats completely unavailable in Pakistan. Cartoon Network Pakistan does not show the Hindi dub version of the new shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) Season 6 (Fast Forward) and Chowder (TV series). Even on the Hindi feed of the channel, the shows air in English only. There has been no official reason stated for this move by Cartoon Network Pakistan.

(All timings are in PST)

Rise And Shine[edit]

Rise and Shine was started on 3 August. It is a one-hour morning block on Cartoon Network Pakistan which is aimed on the early morning audience with some new and fresh cartoons. Timings: Monday to Thursday - 8:00am to 9:00am. Sesame (8:00am) Oswald (TV series) (8:30am)

Cookie Treat[edit]

Cookie Treat is a one-hour block on Cartoon Network Pakistan which aims the early evening audience with some of the best Cartoon Network shows like Tom and Jerry, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Richie Rich. It has been renamed as Cookie treat (formerly it was Cookie Jar). Firstly Richie Rich was replaced by Tom and Jerry Tales and then Digimon Frontier was replaced by Mix Master which is over now along with Swat Kats. Now Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) Season 6 (Fast Forward)' are scheduled to air. Now, its only a half hour block. Timings: Monday to Thursday - 3:30pm Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) Season 6 (Fast Forward) at 3:30pm. Cookie Treat ended when Thundercats took place from 3:30pm.

Toonami[edit]

The anime-dedicated Toonami block was started on 2 April 2004 which was also the first day of Cartoon Network Pakistan. Toonami block of Cartoon Network Pakistan becomes the favourite for the children because of their favourite shows. According to the calculations most of the children of the age 10-18 watch Toonami Blog Daily (from Monday to Friday). Toonami Blog mostly contains the Japanese Animated Shows (Anime). Initially when this block was started then it was of two hours started from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with the four anime Pokémon, Duel Masters, Beyblade and the last was Digimon. Recently Digimon Data Squad have replaced Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon:Diamond and Pearl replaced Swat Kats due to which the timing of the Toonami block is increased from 2 hours to 2.5 hours. Nowadays this block includes four anime Pokémon:Diamond and Pearl, Blue Dragon, Dragonball Z: Fusion Saga, Digimon Data Squad and Bakugan Battle Brawlers. From 11 September, they changed the toonami blog animation a little bit and made it more attracted and applied it a 3d look.[3] However, CN have stopped airing the complete Toonami block since March 8, 2010 due to some unknown reasons. But it will be reopen after some weeks. Timings: Monday to Friday - 4:00pm to 6:00pm Pokémon:Diamond and Pearl (All New) at 4:00pm. Blue Dragon at 4:30pm. Dragonball Z: Fusion Saga at 5:00pm. Digimon Data Squad (All New) at 5:30pm. Bakugan Battle Brawlers (Season 2) → Thursday to Friday at 6:00pm.

Evening Block[edit]

This block was started on 2005.The name of this block is not the official but it is given by the viewer's of Cartoon Network Pakistan. It is only a half hour block. Initially this block airs Ben 10. But nowadays it airs Ben 10: Alien Force. Timings: Monday to Friday - 6:00pm. Ben 10: Alien Force (Season 1 & 2, Monday to Wednesday). Ben 10: Alien Force Season 3 (Fridays).

Candy Land Hour[edit]

This block was started on 16 March 2009 replacing "Tom & Jerry Cat & mouse Full House". Candy Land Hour is one hour late evening block. It features Tom & Jerry followed by Ben 10. Timings: Monday to Friday - 6:30pm to 7:30pm Tom & Jerry at 6:30pm. Ben 10 at 7:00pm.

Pogo[edit]

This block is a 3 hour block and it also replaced Boomerang block which was used to air at 10pm. POGO was only available on Dish TV And Tata Sky in the whole Pakistan and it was quite rare among cable operators. POGO block was started on Cartoon Network Pakistan in 2008. It features many exciting Pogo TV Shows like Just For Laughs Gags, Mister Bean, MAD, Blazing Teens and Sazer X. Nowadays it airs MAD, Just Kidding, Just For Laughs Gags, Skyland and Mr. Bean (animated TV series). A brand new show named F.A.Q will also land on CN Pogo block from 11th January.

As of April, 2013 the block starts with M.A.D. continues with Mojacko,repeating episodes of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight and concludes at Mr. Bean (animated TV series). From June 2010 Sasha and Frank do a 19 minute sketch comedy which tells about latest cartoons and world news aired on Saturdays at 9:30 pm. Sasha and Frank's first season consisted of 18 episodes and ended on September 4, 2010. The second season premiered on 16 October at 8:00 pm and ended on January 20, 2011. The third season premiered on 19 February 2011 and is ongoing.[citation needed]

Boomerang[edit]

Boomerang was originally a Cartoon Network block for the lesser-known Hanna-Barbera classic cartoons that didn't already have half-hour slots and boomerang was also not available in Pakistan. Therefore a two hour block was started on Cartoon Network Pakistan from 10:00PM to 12:00PM. It was started in 2007 and is intended to cater mainly to adults returning home after work. It features shows like The All New Popeye Show, Johnny Bravo, The Jetsons, and The Tom and Jerry Show. It was also launched as an attempt to re-showcase the old cartoon series like Flintstones, Jetsons, Scooby-Doo Where Are You!, Yogi Bear and all other Hanna-Barbera creations which had been put off the air due to the incoming of new, and more popular in culture, cartoons like Courage the Cowardly Dog, Samurai Jack, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and more recently added Teen Titans. But due to not much success, it was put of the air and re-launched with more popular shows like Johnny Bravo and Tom and Jerry. Now, this block has been replaced by POGO block.

Programming blocks[edit]

Pogo[edit]

Pogo

Launched in March 2008 Cartoon Network currently runs a three-hour programming block showcasing POGO’s original productions which includes the multi-award winning show, M.A.D. (Music Art and Dance), F.A.Q. etc. and it has been very well received by kids in Pakistan. A sketch show, called Sasha and Frank, premiered on June 26, 2010 and eventually concluded on September 4. A second season was released on October 30, 2010 and eventually concluded on January 1, 2011. A third season premiered on February 5 but was pulled off air after the season premiered. The season returned on May 14 before concluding on October 29. The fourth season was a mash up of the second and third seasons with occasional commentary by Sasha. It premiered on April 21, 2012 before October 26, 2012. The fifth season concluded the series. It shifted from Saturdays to Mondays. It also featured a new character named Joe and premiered on January 28, 2013 before concluding with a mega series finale on May 13, 2013.

Toonami[edit]

The anime-dedicated Toonami block started on the broadcast premiere day of Cartoon Network Pakistan, April 2, 2004.

Initially, it was a two-hour block that featured four anime namely Pokémon, Duel Masters, Beyblade and the last but not the least, Digimon.

In late 2009, the block was extended to two and a half hours and the programming line-up was shuffled up once again. As a result, Digimon Data Squad replaced Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl replaced Swat Kats followed by Blue Dragon and Bakugan Battle Brawlers. On September 11, 2009, the Toonami block went through a major overhaul along with the premieres of some new anime.[4]

The block was pulled off from airing on March 8, 2010 but was renewed back to its original timings in 2011.

On 29 April 2013 Cartoon Network again removed the Toonami block and instead, started new episodes of Adventure Time moving to Oggy and the Cockroaches and concluding with one hour block of Tom and Jerry Tales.

Toonami returned to Cartoon Network on 1 October 2013.

Criticism and controversy[edit]

In 2005, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority issued an order regarding the ban of several non-private channels because of their Urdu dubbed programs having Hindi blend. Later on, the Cartoon Network and another channel of Hindi versions had been switched to English versions on the Pemra's instructions but the mixed so called Hindustani feed of the channels were back after few months.[5] In early 2010, PEMRA again issued a notice against the non-private channels which resulted in a complete ban of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network's Pakistan feed. Once again, the flamed issue was the Hindi dubbed shows on its schedule line up and the Government's demand for a private kids-channel affiliated with PTV instead. The ban stayed and was not lifted till the end of the July 2011.

At last on August 1, an announcement was made by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan.[6] She said ‘Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, have been granted permission to air programmes in Pakistan’. But at the closure, she expressed her interest in a private TV channel once again and said ‘The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority will accommodate private TV channel if someone wished to launch channel for children.

Viewership[edit]

Despite the licensing of Cartoon Network Pakistan, it is not widely available to the cable television viewers. Most of the cable operators in Pakistan are showing Cartoon Network India instead of Cartoon Network Pakistan illegally through Indian DTH. The viewership of Cartoon Network India is greater than that of Cartoon Network Pakistan in Pakistan.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cartoon Network Begins Dedicated Pakistani Transmission". PakPositive. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Pakistans very own Cartoon Network". Defence.pk. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Cartoon Network Pakistan anime Series Update[dead link]
  5. ^ "PAKISTAN: Operators slam Pemra move to ban channels, UCLA International Institute". International.ucla.edu. 2005-12-22. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Two foreign channels for kids get Pakistan’s nod - Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 

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