Cartoon Network (Pakistan)

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Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network 2010 logo.svg
Launched April 2, 2004; 10 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 Official website
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.

History[edit]

On April 2, 2004, Turner International Pakistan launched a localized feed of Cartoon Network off the Indian network feed,.[2][3]

Programming[edit]

Cartoon Network Pakistan is available in English and Urdu-Hindi.

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.

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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