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KidsClick
KidsClickLogo.png
NetworkThisTV (2017-2018)
TBD (2018-2019)
Syndication (2017-2019)
LaunchedJuly 1, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-07-01)
ClosedMarch 31, 2019; 4 months ago (2019-03-31)
Country of originUnited States
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group
Key people
  • Daniel Barnathan
  • (Vice President, Family and Children's Programming and Sales)
  • Jonathan Dern
  • (Executive Producer)[1]
FormatWeekday/weekend morning cartoon block
Running time3 hours, Monday-Friday & Saturday or Sunday
Original Language(s)English

KidsClick is the name of a short-lived daily children's programming block distributed by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which premiered on July 1, 2017. The block, which primarily consisted of long-form animated series as well as some short-form content, was carried in the U.S. on terrestrial television network TBD, and on Sinclair-owned/operated television stations in several markets.[2] At launch, the block was available in 75 million households.[1] The block also marked the return of traditional weekday cartoons and Saturday morning cartoons to terrestrial television as a network,[3] as well as the first children's programming block on U.S. free-to-air television not to comply with Children's Television Act regulations since the Saban Brands-produced Vortexx was discontinued by The CW on September 27, 2014.

The This TV iteration of the block accompanied an existing, unbranded lineup of educational programming on weekend mornings, which had aired on the network since November 1, 2013, after the discontinuation of Cookie Jar Toons (which coincided with original co-owner Weigel Broadcasting transferring its 50% interest in the network to Tribune Broadcasting, as well as the Cookie Jar Group's absorption into DHX Media); it also marked the first time that This TV had carried children's programming on Monday through Saturday mornings since Tribune (whom Sinclair later attempted and failed to acquire)[4][5] assumed partial ownership of the network. On July 1, 2018, This TV discontinued carriage of KidsClick, which was transferred to Sinclair's TBD channel, which had been carrying the block on a transitional basis since May 7 of that year.[6]

On March 29, 2019, shortly after closing sister site Circa News, KidsClick's Facebook page announced the block's discontination on March 31, 2019.[7][8]

History

On May 2, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would launch a multiplatform children's programming block on linear television and online platforms. The company partnered with MGM Domestic Television Distribution to develop and distribute KidsClick, which it planned to air nationally on This TV and select network affiliates (particularly those aligned with The CW, and the MyNetworkTV programming service, as well as some Fox-affiliated stations that do not carry local morning newscasts in the block's designated timeslots) and independent stations owned and/or operated by Sinclair on July 1, 2017. Its content encompasses short- and long-form material and is distributed online, through internet browsers and mobile apps in video-on-demand and live streaming formats.[2][9][10][11] The network's distribution and website utilized Imagine Communications' cloud technology from Sinclair's Las Vegas studios for their market triopoly.[12]

Sinclair returned to the children's television market with KidsClick several years after the demise of The Program Exchange (a barter syndicator of programming which ended up as the last company providing non-educational children's content to television stations before its 2016 dissolution), an industry estimated to be worth $1 billion, which is currently largely split in advertising revenue between Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.[2][13] Speaking to the return of children's programming on American commercial broadcast television, Steven M. Marks, COO and EVP of Sinclair Television Group, said in an earnings report on May 3, 2017: "That's a $1 billion-plus spot business that we don't get a dime from. So again, it's an illustration of going back into the marketplace and fishing in ponds that we haven't fished in. So that's $1 billion that is pretty much split between [two] cable networks: Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. Disney is a subscription network. 18 years ago, we were the kings of reaching kids every day. There's no reason in the world why we can't be successful in that space."[14]

On Friday, March 29, 2019, KidsClick announced on Facebook that the block would air for the last time on March 31. Several factors, including low overall ratings and a major lack of advertisers (the entire block, outside of some direct response television advertisers, featured commercial breaks with only circular promotions for the KidsClick block and web presences), the failure of the merger between Sinclair and Tribune Media that would have provided better financial scale to justify the block, the move of the national subchannel clearance to the lower-profile TBD, the general move of children's media to streaming venues, and most children's media on broadcast television being marginalized to a compressed mid-teenage audience to avoid E/I and COPPA regulations, were cited by analysts as the reasons for the discontinuation of the block. Sinclair also discontinued sister property Circa News three days previous.[8]

KidsClick ended quietly on March 31, 2019 with an airing of Oggy and The Cockroaches; all advertising made no mention of its demise, and the promotional spot at the end of the show mentioned it would return Saturday morning. For the vast majority of stations carrying it, temporary or permanent paid programming, religious programming, other syndicated content, or alternate E/I-complaint shows will overlay the former timeslot, while paid programming and some internet-originated content series replaced it on TBD. Several days later, the block's website was taken down, with the domain redirected to the main Sinclair corporate page.

Scheduling

The block was preferred to air every Monday-Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m., and Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. local time[2], though scheduling variances existed in certain markets due to network programming obligations (such as One Magnificent Morning airing from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., which delayed or preempted the KidsClick Saturday Morning lineup on CW-affiliated stations that carried both blocks), existing contracts for other syndicated programming or with paid or religious programming providers, or a preference to air news and sports programming in those slots.[15]

As This TV ran only in 480i 4:3 standard definition, it aired in a letterbox format on that network, as the entire block mainly featured programming designed for a 16:9 high definition display, which is how it aired on TBD, as well as most affiliated and Sinclair stations.

Because the programs featured on KidsClick did not meet educational content guidelines defined in the Children's Television Act by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), This TV continued to air a block of live-action travel and wildlife series from Steve Rotfeld Productions immediately after the weekend broadcasts of the KidsClick lineup to fulfill the mandate (accordingly, the network's E/I block switched from a singular, three-hour block aired only on Sunday mornings to two separate 90-minute-long blocks that will air on Saturdays and Sundays).[16][17] Sinclair-operated independent stations that aired KidsClick also continue to provide E/I-compliant programs acquired from the syndication market through individual distributors, from Fox's Xploration Station block managed by Rotfeld, or via the Litton Entertainment-distributed Go Time block to meet the quotas.

Programming

Final programming

Show title Premiere date Reference
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures July 1, 2017
Pink Panther and Pals [18]
Angry Birds Toons July 3, 2017
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Rocket Monkeys
Oggy and the Cockroaches June 18, 2018 [19]
The Jungle Book August 27, 2018 [20]
Barbie Dreamtopia September 24, 2018 [21]
Monster High: The Adventures of the Ghoul Squad [21]
Transformers: Cybertron September 30, 2018

Former programming

Show title Premiere date End date Reference
RoboCop: Alpha Commando July 1, 2017 September 10, 2017
Scary Larry December 10, 2017
Super 4 September 21, 2018 [22]
Max Steel July 3, 2017 June 15, 2018
Team Hot Wheels September 16, 2017 January 20, 2019 [23]
Zak Storm September 30, 2017 January 7, 2018
Winx Club October 9, 2017 March 2, 2018 [23]
Dinosaur King February 5, 2018 August 24, 2018 [23][24]
The Legendaries June 16, 2018 July 8, 2018 [25][26]
Mecard January 20, 2019 [25]
Transformers: Energon August 27, 2018 November 3, 2018 [20][27]
Lego Friends: Girls on a Mission December 10, 2018 January 22, 2019 [28]

Special programming

Show title Initial broadcast date Reference
A Monsterous Holiday October 27, 2018 [29][30]
Under Wraps October 28, 2018
Dear Dracula October 29, 2018
Abominable Christmas November 22, 2018
[27]
Frozen in Time
The Naughty List November 23, 2018

Affiliate list

The following is a list of stations that carried KidsClick in syndication as of its March 31, 2019 discontinuation, which included the possibility that a TBD affiliate on a station owned by Sinclair or another owner would air the programming block in the same market near or at the same time:

City of license/Market Station Channel Affiliation Owner
AlbanySchenectadyTroy, New York WCWN 45.1 The CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
Baltimore-Annapolis, Maryland WUTB 24.1 MyNetworkTV Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
BirminghamTuscaloosaAnniston, Alabama WABM[31] 68.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group
Bristol-Johnson City-Kingsport, Tennessee/
Bristol, Virginia
WEMT 39.1 Fox Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Buffalo, New York WNYO[32] 49.1 MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cape Girardeau, Missouri/Paducah, Kentucky WDKA
Cedar Rapids-Dubuque, Iowa KFXA 28.1 Fox Second Generation of Iowa, Ltd.
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Charleston, South Carolina WCIV[33] 36.1 MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Champaign-Danville-Springfield-Urbana, Illinois WBUI 23.1 The CW GOCOM Media, LLC
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Chattanooga, Tennessee WFLI[34] 53.1 MPS Media, LLC
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Chico-Redding, California KZVU-LD
KRVU-LD
21.1
22.1
MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cincinnati, Ohio WKRC-DT2 12.2 The CW
Columbus, Ohio WWHO 53.1 Manham Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Corpus Christi, Texas KTOV-LP (analog)
KSCC-DT3 (digital)
21 (analog)
38.3 (digital)
MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Des Moines, Iowa KDSM[35] 17.1 Fox
El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, New Mexico KDBC-DT2 4.2 MyNetworkTV
Eureka, California KECA-LD2 29.2
Flint-Saginaw, Michigan WSMH 66.1 Fox
FlorenceMyrtle Beach, South Carolina WWMB[36] 21.1 The CW Howard Stirk Holdings
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
FresnoVisalia, California KFRE[37] 59.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group
Gainesville-Ocala, Florida WGFL-DT2 28.2 MyNetworkTV New Age Media, LLC
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Grand Rapids, Michigan WWMT-DT2 3.2 The CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
Green BayFox Cities, Wisconsin WCWF[38] 14.1
Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem, North Carolina WMYV 48.1 MyNetworkTV
Greenville-Jacksonville-New Bern, North Carolina WYDO 14.1 Fox Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina/
Asheville, North Carolina
WMYA 40.1 MyNetworkTV
Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Pennsylvania WHP-DT3 21.3 The CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
Las Vegas, Nevada KVCW-DT2 33.2 MyNetworkTV
Lexington-Frankfort, Kentucky WDKY 56.1 Fox
Lincoln-Superior-Grand Island, Nebraska KFXL 51.1
Madison, Wisconsin WMSN 47.1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WVTV 18.1 The CW
MinneapolisSt. Paul, Minnesota WUCW[15] 23.1
Mobile, Alabama-Pensacola, Florida WFGX[39] 35.1 MyNetworkTV
Nashville, Tennessee WNAB 58.1 The CW Tennessee Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News-Virginia Beach, Virginia WTVZ 33.1 MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma KOCB 34.1 The CW
Omaha, Nebraska KXVO 15.1 Mitts Telecasting Company
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WPNT 22.1 MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Portland-Auburn-Augusta, Maine WPFO[40] 23.1 Fox Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
RaleighDurhamFayetteville, North Carolina WRDC 28.1 MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia WRLH-DT2 35.2
Rochester, New York WHAM-DT2[41] 13.2 The CW Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Salt Lake City, Utah KMYU 12.1 MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
San Antonio, Texas KMYS[42] 35.1 The CW Deerfield Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Savannah, Georgia WTGS 28.1 Fox Sinclair Broadcast Group
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania WQMY 53.1 MyNetworkTV New Age Media, LLC
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Sioux City, Iowa KPTH[43] 44.1 Fox Sinclair Broadcast Group
South Bend, Indiana WSBT-DT2 22.2
Syracuse, New York WSTQ-LP (analog)
WSTM-DT2 (digital)
14 (analog)
3.2 (digital)
The CW
Tallahassee, Florida WTWC-DT2 40.2 Fox
Wheeling, West Virginia/Steubenville, Ohio WTOV-DT2 9.2 Fox
Wichita, Kansas KMTW[44] 36.1 MyNetworkTV Mercury Broadcasting Company, Inc.
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

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