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Teletoon
2011–present Teletoon logo
2011–present logo
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Owned byTeletoon Canada
(Corus Entertainment)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(2012–present)
480i (SDTV)
(1997–present)
SloganIt's Unreal!
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)Télétoon
Teletoon Retro
Télétoon Rétro
Cartoon Network
Websitewww.teletoon.com/en
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1653 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 544/171 (East)
Channel 545/172 (West)
Channel 72/572 (HD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems.Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOPChannel 254 (SD)
Channel 502 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1554 (HD)
MTSChannel 151 (East)
Channel 152 (West)
Optik TVChannel 85 (East)
Channel 73 (West)
Channel 701 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 90 (East)
Channel 95 (West)
 
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Teletoon
2011–present Teletoon logo
2011–present logo
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Owned byTeletoon Canada
(Corus Entertainment)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(2012–present)
480i (SDTV)
(1997–present)
SloganIt's Unreal!
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)Télétoon
Teletoon Retro
Télétoon Rétro
Cartoon Network
Websitewww.teletoon.com/en
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1653 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 544/171 (East)
Channel 545/172 (West)
Channel 72/572 (HD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems.Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOPChannel 254 (SD)
Channel 502 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1554 (HD)
MTSChannel 151 (East)
Channel 152 (West)
Optik TVChannel 85 (East)
Channel 73 (West)
Channel 701 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 90 (East)
Channel 95 (West)

Teletoon (stylized as TELETOON) is a Canadian English-language Category A specialty channel that broadcasts animated programming. The channel is owned by Teletoon Canada, which is wholly owned by Corus Entertainment.[1] Its name is a portmanteau of "television" and "cartoon". The channel primarily airs various animated series, including both original and imported content; its daytime programming is aimed at children and younger teenagers, while nighttime shows are targeted at older teenagers and adults. Teletoon operates two timeshift feeds running on Eastern and Pacific schedules. Télétoon is its French-language equivalent.

History[edit]

Logo used from 1997 to 2007. The 1997–1999 variant did not contain a border around the logo.

Licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel was launched on October 17, 1997[2] with the first episode of Caillou[3] and the slogan The Animation Station, later adding and then switching to It's Unreal![4] It was owned by a consortium made up of various other Canadian specialty services and producers; Family Channel acting as managing partner at 53.3% (Astral Media and Western International Communications), YTV at 26.7% (Shaw Communications), and Cinar and Nelvana with 10% each.[5]

When Teletoon was launched in 1997, it showed more mature fare as the day progressed, with a strong commitment to air diverse and international programming, and the ability to air a great majority of material uncut. A typical broadcast day started with preschool content at 7:00 a.m. EST and ended with adult content after midnight, airing more adult cartoons such as Duckman and various anime programs.

In its second year, Teletoon was supposed to air the cult favourite series, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and had the show referenced in many promotional materials. However, despite being printed in television listings for weeks, the show was never aired on the channel. In 2004, the channel began airing that show's spin-off, The Brak Show. Space Ghost began airing in the fall of 2006.

In 1999, Teletoon started airing bumpers with its first mascot, Teletina.[6][7] These bumpers were made by Spin Productions in Toronto. Several more bumpers using CGI animation with some made by Guru Studio[8] premiered on the channel in 2001.[6] The bumpers were removed in 2007 as part of an on-air rebranding.

2007–2011 logo

On February 5, 2007, Teletoon's on-air appearance and its website were dramatically changed, the website for The Detour block was moved to teletoon.com, and the aesthetic appearance of both the normal block and The Detour changed.

On September 6, 2011, Teletoon's on-air branding changed to reflect the 50th anniversary of one of its owners, Astral Media, and to reflect the transition of the digital television. The Teletoon at Night block had its on-air appearance unchanged.[9]

A change of ownership have occured since 1999, starting with Corus Entertainement been spun-off from Shaw Communications (who originally own a stake of Teletoon through YTV) in 1999. In 2000, Western International Communications (who own a stake of Teletoon through The Family Channel alongside Astral Media) sell its stake of Teletoon to Corus Entertainement (and later sold it to Astral Media in 2001), who in the same year, has acquired Nelvana, another company who own a stake of Teletoon. Through various acquisitions over the years, ownership resulted in Cinar Films owning a 20% stake and Astral Media and Corus Entertainment each owning a 40% stake in the service. In 2006, Cinar sold 10% of its stake of Teletoon to both Astral and Corus, leading the two companies to each own 50% in Teletoon. On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment was ready to acquire Teletoon, but they cannot make their own decision yet and must wait for approval from the CRTC before Teletoon becomes a part of Corus. They did this that on the same date, Corus Entertainment announced that it would acquire Astral Media's 50% ownership interest in Teletoon Canada (owner of Teletoon, Télétoon, Teletoon Retro, Télétoon Rétro, and Cartoon Network). The purchase was in relation to Bell Media's takeover of Astral (which had earlier been rejected by the CRTC in October 2012, but was restructured to allow the sale of certain Astral Media properties in order to allow the purchase to clear regulatory hurdles).[10] Corus's purchase was cleared by the Competition Bureau two weeks later on March 18;[11] on December 20, 2013, the CRTC approved Corus's full ownership of Teletoon[12][13] and ownership was transferred on January 1, 2014.[14]

Programming[edit]

Teletoon predominantly airs animated television series with occasional films broadcast through its programming block, Teletoon Presents. Some of its series come from the equivalent Cartoon Network from the United States (which itself carries several Canadian animated series such as the Total Drama series). Teletoon's license requires that 90% of all programs on the channel be animated (151.2 hours per week). The channel airs non-animated stunt programming, usually movies, but can only do so for 16.8 hours per week, or 2.4 hours per day.[15]

The French-language version of Teletoon contains a different schedule of programs than the English-language version, some being French-dubbed versions of well-known television shows, such as South Park.

Original series[edit]

Teletoon has been involved in the production of numerous original series. Almost all of these are animated, and a few preschool series were later produced with the involvement of and aired on another channel, Treehouse TV, instead of Teletoon.

Programming blocks[edit]

Current[edit]

Yearly[edit]

Former[edit]

Related services[edit]

Teletoon HD[edit]

On April 18, 2012, Teletoon launched a high definition feed called Teletoon HD, which simulcasts the east coast standard definition feed. It is available through EastLink, Cogeco Cable, Bell TV, Optik TV, and Rogers Cable.

Teletoon On Demand[edit]

Teletoon On Demand is a video-on-demand channel featuring series from Teletoon.

Teletoon Retro[edit]

Teletoon Retro is a Category B digital cable and satellite channel that debuted in Fall 2007, and was named after a program block featuring classic animated series; shows included on the Teletoon Retro channel have included such shows as The Tom and Jerry Show, The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Raccoons, The Jetsons, The Pink Panther, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and Inspector Gadget.

French services[edit]

Télétoon and Télétoon Rétro are the French counterparts to Teletoon and Teletoon Retro.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TELETOON Canada inc". Corp.teletoon.com. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  2. ^ "La majorité des séries sur Télétoon sont canadiennes - L'Express". Lexpress.to. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  3. ^ "CORPORATION CINAR CÉLÈBRE LE 5e ANNIVERSAIRE DE CAILLOU À LA TÉLÉVISION" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Teletoon / Télétoon". Web.archive.org. 1999-10-12. Archived from the original on 1999-10-12. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  5. ^ "TELETOON - Fact Sheet". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 1997-03-28. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  6. ^ a b "Spin Takes Teletina to 3D For Teletoon". Animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  7. ^ "Teletoon Mail Archive January 2000 - 4th Letter". Archived from the original on 2001-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Teletoon Idents | Commercials & Shorts". Guru Studio. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  9. ^ "TELETOON Canada Inc. | Teletoon Officially Unveils Newly Refreshed Unreal Branding". Newswire.ca. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  10. ^ BCE to sell assets to Corus as part of Astral deal, The Globe and Mail (via Reuters and The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  11. ^ The Canadian Press (uncredited staff) (2013-03-18). "Competition Bureau clears Corus acquisition of Astral assets". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  12. ^ Vessing, Etan (2013-12-20). "Corus/Teletoon Deal Approved by CRTC". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  13. ^ "Press Release - Corus Entertainment Receives CRTC Approval on TELETOON Canada Inc., Historia and Séries+ Acquisitions". Corusent.com. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  14. ^ "Press Release - Corus Entertainment Completes Purchase of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada Inc". Corusent.com. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  15. ^ "CRTC Decision 96-598". 
  16. ^ "Teletoon Mail Archive April 1999 - 5th Letter". Archived from the original on 2001-05-22. 
  17. ^ "Teletoon Mail Archive March 1998 - Last Letter". Archived from the original on 2001-05-22. 

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