Cartoon Network Canada update

By Mike Valiquette

We ran a press release a few weeks ago regarding Teletoon’s upcoming venture with Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Canada.  I’ve been in touch with the kind folks at Teletoon for some clarification.

Here’s what we now know:

CN Canada will be a standalone specialty channel, separate from Teletoon and Teletoon Retro.  It “will launch at 6 a.m. ET/PT on July 4, 2012. Negotiations with service providers are ongoing and these deals will be announced in the near future. Stay tuned…”  So there will be some forthcoming news regarding where exactly you’ll find it with your respective providers.

As far as what we’ll be seeing on the channel itself, and what sort of duplication we might find between CN Canada and Teletoon, here’s what they had to say:

“TELETOON Canada and Cartoon Network are complementary networks. Between the two channels, audiences can expect only limited duplication, with Cartoon Network offering animation, live-action, and exclusive content not available on TELETOON or elsewhere in Canada.”

“The programming lineup will feature many shows currently being aired on the U.S. channel, including some TELETOON original productions. That said, the schedule will not precisely mirror the schedule offered in the U.S.”

Where Canadian programming is concerned:

“Cartoon Network is classified as a Category B Digital Specialty channel and as such will adhere to all CRTC Conditions of License, including those relating to Canadian content. Specific programming information will be released later this spring, but we can say that several Canadian shows, including Johnny Test and Total Drama, will likely appear on the network.”

“As for the programming lineup, we are committed to bringing viewers fresh CN content never before seen in Canada. That said, some awesome Canadian shows (like Total Drama) that have become hits on Cartoon Network will appear on the schedule. Stay tuned for more specific info!”

And finally, on original programming opportunities:

“Although TELETOON Canada does not have an original production slate for Cartoon Network at this time, as mentioned above a few TELETOON original productions will likely appear on the network. We will be sure to keep you updated on any news related to OP slates in the future.”

So there you have it.  Cartoon Network Canada.  Thanks to Megan Dunkley for answering our questions.

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4 Responses to “Cartoon Network Canada update”

  1. Really glad your questions were answered! We’re so excited to bring Cartoon Network to Canada!


  2. Susanne

    I am so fed up with hearing about Canadian content. For the most part they are substandard, and because of it I now buy most of the shows to watch on DVD. I’m truely hoping Cartoon Network will bring something better to watch.


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