Nicktoons (Africa)

Nicktoons
Launched September 30, 2014
Owned by Viacom International Networks Africa (Viacom)
Language English
Broadcast area Africa
Sister channel(s) MTV
MTV Base Africa
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Comedy Central
BET
Website Official website
Availability
Satellite
DStv Channel 308

Nicktoons Africa is a satellite television, 24-hour children's channel launched on September 30, 2014 owned by Nickelodeon Africa & unit of Viacom's African Department. Targeted to children & "animation lovers". The channel broadcasts original animated series from sister network Nickelodeon, known as Nicktoons along with other original animated series. It replaced the discontinued Kidsco.

As of August 2017, Nickelodeon Africa currently reaches 1.5 million households in 49 countries across the continent.

History

Before it was a channel, it was a block on the South African children's channel KTV, before it created another channel in 2006, Koowee, and rebranded itself as Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon was launched as a channel in July 2008.[1] In 2012, it received new bumpers, promo, and continuity. Later, In 2014, came the launch of Nicktoons as a replacement for the discontinued Kidsco, and the launch of Nick Jr. another channel from Viacom. Nick Jr and Nicktoons share the same website as Nickelodeon.

In June 2017, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), headed by CEO Ezekiel Mutua, ordered a ban on six cartoons airing on Cartoon Network Africa, Nickelodeon Africa and Nicktoons Africa for allegedly promoting LGBT themes to minors. The shows affected are the currently-running Cartoon Network shows Adventure Time, Clarence and Steven Universe, in addition to the already-ended Nickelodeon shows Hey Arnold! and The Legend of Korra, and the currently-running Nickelodeon cartoon The Loud House.[2]

References

  1. "Nickelodeon celebrates birthday with multiplay in Africa". balancingact-africa.com. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. Dahir, Abdi Latif (June 17, 2017). "Some Nickelodeon kid cartoons have been banned in Kenya for "glorifying homosexuality"". Quartz. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
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