Pop (UK & Ireland)
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|Launched||29 May 2003|
|Owned by||CSC Media Group|
|Picture format||16:9/4:3, 576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.1% (November 2012, BARB)|
|Formerly called||Toons & Tunes
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Pop (previously known as Toons and Tunes) is a free-to-air Children's television channel in the UK, broadcasting cartoons and pop music videos. It is owned by CSC Media Group, and launched on 29 May 2003.
Its sister channel Tiny Pop, which was launched on 27 July 2004, is for pre-schoolers. Its second sister channel Pop Girl was launched on 6 August 2007, and also shows cartoons and live action shows but is aimed at a more female audience. Its third sister channel, Kix was launched on 19 May 2008, and also shows cartoons but is aimed at a more male and teen audience.
Logo and Mascots
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Pop's logo originally consisted of the word 'pop' in blue writing, with a red background. When shown on the channel, the logo was animated, with balloons floating past the letters, or the letters themselves becoming balloons. It changed in October 2006 to a multi-coloured letters and background animation with stars. The letters became all caps, and an exclamation mark was added. In September 2009, it was changed once again. This time having white letters on an orange background.
The channel had 2 mascots — two cartoon characters — talk about upcoming cartoons, introduce competitions, read viewers' jokes and show viewers' artwork. The characters were a dragon called Rorry (identical to "Tricky", who "presented" a Saturday morning show on ITV in 1997), and his pet cat called Purrdy (again, taken from the Saturday morning show). they disappeared after the current rebrand.
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Launched on 29 May 2003, it was known as Toons and Tunes for just a month, when it was changed to Pop in June 2003.
Originally, the channel was mainly music videos until February 2004, when cartoons were first shown. Music videos were kept on the channel, but were then dropped entirely during mid-2006. They were later revived in early 2007, but only during a 60 minute slot called "Pop Party".
In October 2006, a further change was added: Now the all cap letters ("!" included) are in 3D and are shown dancing or chasing each other and eventually spelling out the logo "POP!". This ident was set to music very similar to "Benny Hill", though this was changed after a few months, perhaps due to the similarity.
Some of the programmes on Pop have previously screened on other UK channels (and hence it's assumed that the previous rights to show have lapsed); some have not been screened in the UK before. In some cases, the channel which previously broadcast a programme is now defunct (such as TCC, Discovery Kids and Toonami).
In 2008, Pop was made available on the then newly launched Freesat platform.
There are a selection of programmes that broadcast on Pop: