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Nicktoons
Nicktoons UK Logo 2010.svg
CountrySouth Africa
Broadcast areaSub-Saharan Africa
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Programming
Language(s)English
German
Zulu
Ownership
OwnerParamount Networks EMEAA (Paramount Global)
Sister channelsMTV
MTV Base Africa
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Comedy Central Africa
BET Africa
History
Launched30 September 2014; 8 years ago (2014-09-30)
Links
WebsiteOfficial website

Nicktoons is a South African pay television channel that was launched on 30 September 2014. It is owned by Paramount Networks EMEAA, and is targeted towards children, broadcasting reruns of original animated series from sister network Nickelodeon along with other cartoons. It replaced the African feed of KidsCo, North Africa receives the Arabic-Language feed of the channel Nicktoons MENA.

Unlike other Nicktoons feeds (since October 2021), the end credits on shows are no longer shows and were not replaced with short credits used by its sister channels.

History

Former Nicktoons logo, now a secondary logo and used in promos and bumpers
Former Nicktoons logo, now a secondary logo and used in promos and bumpers

In November 2013, it was announced that Kidsco would be discontinued following year during Valentine's Day and MultiChoice mentioned seeking possibly replacements for the channel at the time.[1]

In June 2014, during MultiChoice's financial presentation ended March 31, 2014 the channel was unveiled alongside Lifetime both of which weren't available at the time.[2] From September 30, 2014, the channel launched on DStv, alongside sister channel Nick Jr. and BET.

In June 2017, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), headed by CEO Ezekiel Mutua, ordered a ban on six series airing on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Nicktoons for allegedly promoting homosexual themes to minors, including Hey Arnold!, The Legend of Korra, and The Loud House.[3]

The channel introduced a Nick Jr. block in 2017, which airs every morning.[4]

Some-time in 2020, Nicktoons Africa started using the 2014 US branding, making it the first international Nicktoons feed to use it, as other Nicktoons channels like NickToons CEE and NickToons UK & Ireland were still using the 2014 UK branding at that time (and still are), even though Nicktoons Africa still uses a mix of 2014 UK along with the US brand.

From May 17, 2021, a new musical program known as NickMusic launched on the channel airing weekdays at 4 PM.

From October 2021, Nicktoons started using the 2014 UK branding again, on the same mouth, The Loud House and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned to the channel alongside the premiere of The Casagrandes, The Barbarian and the Troll, Middlemost Post and It's Pony alongside the rebrand. Promos for Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years are show on the channel but does not air on the channel. Unlike the original, the promos don't show the variants and were replaced with alternate logo with SpongeBob's eyes (or Cosmo's eyes during commercial breaks) replacing the O's and mixed with Nickelodeon's current branding which don't show any text other than the Nicktoons logo, similar to Disney Channel Africa's mix of the 2014 Glass age branding and 2019 US Item age branding in promos and the 2017 European Graffiti age branding in bumpers and for it's on-screen bug until June 24, 2022, even though the US branding is still used for bumpers of a few shows like Peppa Pig and Horrid Henry, but are only used around during the Nick Jr. block and NickMusic.

In the same month, some shows like Munki & Trunk were removed from the channel in favour of new programming. But in July 2022, Munki & Trunk and Zoofari returned to the channel as other shows made specifically for Nicktoons Africa (Such as Moosebox) have not yet returned to the channel.

On July 14, 2022, SpongeBob SquarePants air on Nicktoons in Zulu-speaking language for the first time.[5]

References

  1. ^ "TV with Thinus: BREAKING. KidsCo on DSTV and TopTV closing down as a kids channel following relaunch and new programming in 2013". 15 November 2013.
  2. ^ teeveetee.blogspot.com/2014/06/fascinating-lifetime-and-nicktoons-both.html?m=1
  3. ^ Dahir, Abdi Latif (June 17, 2017). "Some Nickelodeon kid cartoons have been banned in Kenya for "glorifying homosexuality"". Quartz. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  4. ^ Insidus (2017-10-13). "Entertainment Inside Us: Its The Moment You've All Been Waiting For NickToons Africa Debuts The New Series From Monday 13 November At 13:30 CAT Along With Breadwinners On Monday 6 November At 15:35 CAT Plus A Nick Jr Block For The Preschoolers So Much Is In Store For The Little Ones In November 2017". Entertainment Inside Us. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  5. ^ "Insidus:SpongeBob Learns How To Speaks Zulu With Nicktoons". Insidus. Retrieved 2022-07-12.