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ToasterMan (previously BeanosOnToast) 207 posts since 17 Feb 2016
Granada North West Today
A reason why CBBC may have had a slot on Nickelodeon was because on Sky in those days, BBC 1 and BBC 2 were not on the service, so the block could have been for youngsters whose parents may have switched to Sky, when Sky Digital came around it had every BBC channel of that time, rendering the CBBC on Nick strand as useless.

That reminds me: was it 100% impossible for new Sky customers pre-Sky Digital to watch the main terrestrial channels, once their dishes were equipped, or would they have to unhook their equipment in order to view them again?
TIGHazard764 posts since 3 Jan 2014
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
A reason why CBBC may have had a slot on Nickelodeon was because on Sky in those days, BBC 1 and BBC 2 were not on the service, so the block could have been for youngsters whose parents may have switched to Sky, when Sky Digital came around it had every BBC channel of that time, rendering the CBBC on Nick strand as useless.

That reminds me: was it 100% impossible for new Sky customers pre-Sky Digital to watch the main terrestrial channels, once their dishes were equipped, or would they have to unhook their equipment in order to view them again?


It would be like any TV today. Sky would go in through an external input. You could always go to Channels 1-4 if you wanted.
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dosxuk4,558 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
A reason why CBBC may have had a slot on Nickelodeon was because on Sky in those days, BBC 1 and BBC 2 were not on the service, so the block could have been for youngsters whose parents may have switched to Sky, when Sky Digital came around it had every BBC channel of that time, rendering the CBBC on Nick strand as useless.

That reminds me: was it 100% impossible for new Sky customers pre-Sky Digital to watch the main terrestrial channels, once their dishes were equipped, or would they have to unhook their equipment in order to view them again?


It was 0% impossible for sky analogue customers to watch the terrestrial channels.

I feel like I've stepped into some sort of parallel dimension.
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Neil Jones6,424 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Let's not forget Rugrats, which was on CBBC from 4 April 1993 to 17 February 2005 then it moved to CITV later on.


CITV also aired the later spin off of Rugrats, the "All Grown Up" series.

Surprising to think Rugrats lasted as long as it did, it was created alongside Doug and Ren & Stimpy but outlived both of those shows by some considerable degree, and got its own spin-off in the process.

Spongebob is technically a Nicktoon too but in terms of longevity wipes the floor with the rest of the Nicktoon offerings.
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DJ Dave1,931 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
The CITV channel was initially going to be a joint venture with Nickelodeon called INK (ITV Nickelodeon Kids) with the two companies sharing programming, but ITV eventually decided it would be sustainable to go it alone (having previously ruled it out due to the already saturated market).


Forgot all about that idea, I do think would a CiTV Channel have been better if it launched in the 1998+ era of CiTV with Stephen and Danielle etc.
TVVT (previously TVPerson) 119 posts since 14 Feb 2019
Granada North West Today
The CITV channel was initially going to be a joint venture with Nickelodeon called INK (ITV Nickelodeon Kids) with the two companies sharing programming, but ITV eventually decided it would be sustainable to go it alone (having previously ruled it out due to the already saturated market).


Forgot all about that idea, I do think would a CiTV Channel have been better if it launched in the 1998+ era of CiTV with Stephen and Danielle etc.


It was actually due to launch in 2001 (around said era) but due to budget cuts it didn’t happen.
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Neil Jones6,424 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
2001 was the striped era. A scheduling technique introduced by Janie Grace who came from Nickelodeon who had been doing it for ages. It worked for Nick, it could work for CITV.

Problem: Nickelodeon airs many US shows. Which are typically anywhere up to 26 episodes a season so you can run it weekdays for (say) just over five weeks. CITV shows were often 13 (some were less). So you burnt through shows like there was no tomorrow.

Can't be sure how long that lasted for, think it was meant to be a year long experiment but I'm sure it didn't last that long, seem to recall 4 months? If that? Then they went back to the "normal" way of doing things.
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Whataday10,836 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
The CITV channel was initially going to be a joint venture with Nickelodeon called INK (ITV Nickelodeon Kids) with the two companies sharing programming, but ITV eventually decided it would be sustainable to go it alone (having previously ruled it out due to the already saturated market).


Forgot all about that idea, I do think would a CiTV Channel have been better if it launched in the 1998+ era of CiTV with Stephen and Danielle etc.


Considering Carlton launched Carlton Kids in 1998, I wonder if they were unable to launch a CITV channel as they couldn't run an ITV branded channel on their own.
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