Nickelodeon (African TV channel)
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Nickelodeon logo (since 2010)
|Headquarters||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Owner||ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA (ViacomCBS)|
Nick Jr. (Africa)
MTV Base (Africa)
Comedy Central (Africa)
|Launched||12 June 1999 (block)|
1 July 2008 (channel)
|DStv (Africa)||Channel 305 |
Channel 307 (Nick Jr.)
|Skyy TV (Ghana)||Channel 145|
|GO TV (Ghana)||Channel 153|
|StarTimes (Africa)||Channel 304|
Nickelodeon is a 24-hour television channel aimed at children. It currently reaches 1.5 million households in 49 countries across the continent.
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. 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 (KCFB), 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.
In 2018, Viacom merged official websites of Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern and African versions of Nickelodeon into nick.tv. Along the way Nickelodeon adapted two feeds with the South African feed airing series banned from the channel such as The Loud House and Bubble Guppies.
On 5 March 2019, Nickelodeon (South Africa only) along with Comedy Central, BET, MTV and MTV Base were available in HD on DStv. The Nick channels in South Africa have separate feeds from the rest of Africa.
Nicktoons Africa is a sister-channel of Nickelodeon Africa launched in 2014.
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- "Nickelodeon celebrates birthday with multiplay in Africa". balancingact-africa.com. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- Dahir, Abdi Latif (June 17, 2017). "Some Nickelodeon kid cartoons have been banned in Kenya for "glorifying homosexuality"". Quartz. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- Official website