Halla Bol! Kids TV

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Halla Bol! Kids TV
Halla Bol Kids TV Logo.png
LaunchedJanuary 16, 2014; 5 years ago (2014-01-16)
Owned byChannel Zero
Broadcast areaCanada
United States
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)CHCH-DT
Silver Screen Classics
DISH Network728
Rogers Cable698
Bell Fibe TV670
Telus Optik TV2400

Halla Bol! Kids TV is a Canadian Category B-exempt Hindi language specialty channel owned by Channel Zero. Halla Bol! Kids TV broadcasts programming primarily aimed at children in addition to select family-oriented programming.


On January 9, 2012, FDR Media Group was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a specialty channel named "Hindi Children Channel", described as "a national, niche third-language ethnic Category 21 specialty programming undertaking that would consist of programs focussing on South Asian culture and entertainment catering to Canadian children of South Asian ethnicity from 3 to 10 years of age."[1] Later that month, the channel was officially named Halla Bol! Kids TV.[2]

At an undisclosed point, FDR's broadcast licenses were acquired by Channel Zero.[3][4] Halla Bol! Kids TV debuted exclusively on Bell Fibe on January 16, 2014.[5] On August 4, 2014, the channel launched in the United States through Dish Network and Sling TV.[6][7] It was later made available on Rogers Cable and Telus Optik TV.

At the request of Channel Zero, the CRTC revoked the channel's Canadian broadcast license on February 21, 2018.[8] The company continues to operate the channel under exempt status.


  1. ^ "ARCHIVED - Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-6". CRTC. January 9, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Quan, Danielle (January 18, 2012). "FDR Media looks to target 'underserved' ethnic markets". Media In Canada. Brunico Communications. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ownership Chart 246 - FDR Media - Specialty Services" (PDF). CRTC. March 2, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Paddon, Natalie; Buist, Steve (March 15, 2016). "CHCH bankruptcy: Channel Zero and its web of companies trigger federal investigation". The Hamilton Spectator. Metroland Media Group. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "South Asian Kids Can Now Stroll Down Sesame Street" (PDF) (Press release). Channel Zero. January 16, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (July 31, 2014). "DISH brings Halla Bol! Kids TV to the US". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  7. ^ @SlingInt (July 24, 2014). "Starting Aug. 4, watch HALLA BOL KID'S TV on DishWorld! It's North America's only South Asian kids' channel" (Tweet). Retrieved August 5, 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-71". CRTC. February 21, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.

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