Cartoon Network (Pakistan)

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Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network 2010 logo.svg
Cartoon Network's logo.
Launched April 2, 2004
Owned by Turner International Pakistan (Time Warner Inc.)
Slogan It's a FUN Thing!
Country Pakistan
Language English
Urdu
Hindi
Broadcast area Pakistan
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Tajikistan
Iran
Headquarters Karachi, Pakistan
Sister channel(s) POGO
HBO
CNN
WB Channel
Website Official website
Availability
Satellite
Intelsat 10 3974 H
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

On April 2, 2004, Turner International Pakistan launched a localized feed of Cartoon Network off the Indian network feed,.23 Formerly a full satellite of that schedule besides local advertising, the network has since developed their own schedule with local viewers in mind. It was the first children's channel in the country that was meant for the local market, rather than a relay of an Indian or Asian network feed.

Programming

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

Programming blocks

Pogo

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.

As of April, 2013 the block starts with M.A.D. continues with Mojacko,repeating episodes of Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight and concludes at Mr. Bean (animated TV series). From June 2010 Sasha and Frank do a 19 minute sketch comedy which tells about latest cartoons and world news aired on Saturdays at 9:30 pm. Sasha and Frank's first season consisted of 18 episodes and ended on September 4, 2010. The second season premiered on 16 October at 8:00 pm and ended on January 20, 2011. The third season premiered on 19 February 2011 and is ongoing.

Toonami

The anime-dedicated Toonami block started on the broadcast premiere day of Cartoon Network Pakistan, April 2, 2004. Toonami block became one of the favourite blocks for the children in no time. According to the calculations, most of the children of the age 10-18 watch Toonami regularly. Much like its international counterparts, Toonami block features the Japanese animated shows, anime in short.

Initially, it was a two-hour block that featured four animes namely Pokémon, Duel Masters, Beyblade and the last but not the least, Digimon. Later on, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Blue Dragon, Dragon Ball Z and Swat Kats were also added to the block by replacing some of the old shows.

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 with the old aired anime Beyblade Metal Masters,Pokémon Sinnoh League Victors,Deltora Quest and Dragon Ball Z

Criticism and controversy

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

References

  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 Updatedead 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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