Nickelodeon (Pakistan)

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Nickelodeon Pakistan
Launched 23 November 2006
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu
Headquarters Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Sister channel(s) (Current Sister Channels)
(ARY Group)
ARY Digital, ARY News, ARY Qtv, ARY Musik, ARY Zindagi, HBO
(Former Sister Channels)
(ARY Group)
ARY One World, Qtv, The Musik, ARY Zauq, Fashion TV
(MTV Networks International)
AsiaSat Check Frequency
Paksat Check Frequency
DWN (Pakistan) Channel 21
PTCL Smart TV (Pakistan) Channel 46

Nickelodeon Pakistan or Nick is the Pakistani feed of Nickelodeon, which is operated as a joint venture between local media company Ary Digital and MTV Networks International.[1] The network transmits over the Intelsat satellite to cable and satellite viewers in Pakistan features some portions of the schedule dubbed or subtitled in Urdu. Nickelodeon Pakistan is also responsible for distributing Hollywood films aimed at children in Pakistan

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 a little blend of Hindi. Later on, the Cartoon Network and another channel of apparently said Hindi versions had been switched to English versions on the Pemra's instructions but the Urdu (having Hindi blend) feed of the channels were back after few months.[2] 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-Urdu 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.[3] 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]


  1. ^ Clark, Steve (23 November 2006). "MTV and Nickelodeon launch in Pakistan". Variety. Archived from the original on 2007-05-13. 
  2. ^ Sabir, Arman (22 December 2005). "PAKISTAN: Operators slam Pemra move to ban channels". DAWN. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20 – via UCLA International Institute. 
  3. ^ "Two foreign channels for kids get Pakistan's nod". Thaindian News. IANS. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 

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