Cartoon Network

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90s Cartoon Network logo during an airing of Skatebirds.

Cartoon Network, or CN for short, is a television channel that is run by Warner Bros., and previously Turner Broadcasting System. Ever since it first launched on October 1, 1992, the channel has aired various television series. When the channel was in its early stages, it aired various shows from Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and MGM before shifting into original programming.


Ted Turner launches CN.jpg

In a business report by UPI on October 29, 1991, it was announced that Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) intended to buy Hanna-Barbera Productions from Great American Communications for $320 million. TBS Chairman Ted Turner confirmed plans that he had been considering launching a cartoon channel for its Hanna-Barbera library.[1]

On February 18, 1992, Turner Broadcasting System chairman Ted Turner announced plans for a 24-hour all-cartoon network which would be launched on October 1. The basic cable television channel would be Turner's fifth, joining TBS Superstation, TNT, CNN, and CNN Headline News.[2]

European Conquest

Ted Turner was granted permission to broadcast Cartoon Network via satellite in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which would debut on September 17, 1993 in a shared timeslot with TNT, transmitting from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm. Although there were initial concerns and expectations from Turner that the UK channel should have European content and not American-exclusive content.[3]


Current programming

Former programming

Cartoon Network Around the World


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (October 29, 1991). "Turner to buy Hanna-Barbera for $320 million". UPI. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  2. ^ (February 19, 1992). "Ted Turner to Launch All-Cartoon Network". The Associated Press. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  3. ^ Robinson, Eugune (September 15, 1993). "TNT Cartoon Curb No Joke in Europe". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2024.

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