Cartoon Network (Europe)

European feed

Cartoon Network (commonly abbreviated as CN) is a British pay television channel aimed at children which airs animated programming targeting children and young aged 6 to 12.[7][8] It is run by Warner Bros. Discovery EMEA for localisation strategy for international markets (such as the UK) and in conjunction with Warner Bros. Television Studios UK for the production of content and global leadership of the Cartoon Network brand.[9]The channel primarily airs animated programming.

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Headquarters160 Old Street,
London, England, United Kingdom
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SD feed)
Timeshift serviceCartoon Network +1
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
ParentThe Cartoon Network, Inc.
Key peopleSean Gorman
Head of Creative, Kids Brands, EMEA at Warner Bros. Discovery[2][3]
Vanessa Brookman
SVP Kids and Family EMEA at Warner Bros. Discovery and Co-president of Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe[4]
Sam Register
President of Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe
Sister channelsAnimal Planet
CNN International
Discovery Channel
Discovery History
Discovery Science
Discovery Turbo
Food Network
Investigation Discovery
Quest Red
TCM Movies
Launched17 September 1993; 30 years ago (1993-09-17)
(as Cartoon Network Europe)
15 October 1999; 24 years ago (1999-10-15)
(Original Pan-European Feed becomes UK/Eire Only, Encrypted on Astra 1C)[5][6]
WebsiteCartoon Network UK
BTChannel 466 (SD)
Channel 473 (HD)
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live
(UK and Ireland only)
Now TVWatch live
(UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV GoWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Ireland[1] (Ireland only)

The channel initially launched on 17 September 1993 as a larger pan-European feed, serving the UK market along with Western and Northern Europe.[10][11][12] In August 1999, the pan-European aspect of Cartoon Network Europe was spun-off as a new feed with an identical schedule to Cartoon Network UK (the former pan-European feed).[13] Cartoon Network UK completely ceased being a pan-European feed on 15 October 1999 which was when it was scrambled with Videocrypt and the launch of the UK only version of TNT. The pan-European feed continued to shadow Cartoon Network UK's schedule until 2001. The pan-European feed excluded shows such as Dragon Ball Z and Angela Anaconda and were substituted, as Cartoon Network did not have the pan-European broadcasting rights to these shows, only the rights for the UK and the Netherlands.[14]


  1. "Pan-European Opportunity: Cartoon Network". Turner Media Innovations. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. "TBI: Television Business International". 21 November 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. "Warnermedia makes key EMEA appointments". Broadband TV News. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  4. "WarnerMedia Appoints Vanessa Brookman As Head Of Kids EMEA". WarnerMedia. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  5. "Technical Changes To Cartoon Network and TNT Classic Movies (Archived by WayBack Machine: 27 Nov 1999)". Cartoon Network UK Website. Turner Broadcasting System Europe. Archived from the original on 26 August 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  6. "Transponder News". Stefan Hagedorn. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  7. "Turner Info - Press Office". Turner Broadcasting System Europe. Archived from the original on 20 October 2010.
  8. Turner Broadcasting comes of age with Cartoon Network HD | News | Rapid TV News Archived 25 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. "WarnerMedia Appoints Vanessa Brookman As Head Of Kids EMEA". WarnerMedia. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  10. "Turner - About Us". Turner Broadcasting System Europe. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  11. "Turner - Jobs - UK". Turner Broadcasting System Europe. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  12. "Europe Plan By Turner". The New York Times. 9 March 1993. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  13. Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B. Tauris. p. 121. ISBN 978-0857717474.

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