Nickelodeon (European TV network)

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Nickelodeon 2009 logo.svg
The Nickelodeon logo (since January 2010)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaEurope, Middle East and Africa
OwnerViacomCBS Networks EMEAA
Launched1 September 1993

Nickelodeon is a pay television network dedicated to kids. Nickelodeon is widely available throughout Europe as a subscription service or free-to-air service; depending on what region in Europe you are living in. Nickelodeon is seen in 24.2 million households throughout Europe, via channels and blocks.[1]

Nickelodeon is operated by ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA on behalf of its owner ViacomCBS. Nickelodeon first launched in Europe in the United Kingdom in 1993 followed by a 1995 launch in Germany, 1 year later in 1996 Nickelodeon launched a Pan-Scandinavian channel for viewers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Finland, following this Nickelodeon subsequently launched a pan-European version of the channel and other local Nickelodeon channels.

Pan-European Nickelodeon[]

Main Article: Nickelodeon (Central & Eastern Europe)

The Pan-European version, known as Nickelodeon airs a selection of programming from Nickelodeon in the USA and local shows from Nickelodeon in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Nickelodeon Europe is a 24-hour pan-regional feed reaching Malta. Romania, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Ukraine. The channel is primarily available in English with additional soundtracks in Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian and Serbian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Lithuanian & Latvian. A total of more than 68  million homes across Europe and Central Asia can view the pan-European version of Nickelodeon. In a number of countries in Europe also host a local version of the channel and/or localized programming blocks. The UK/Ireland version of the network launched their HD simulcast channel on 5 October 2010 over Sky,[2] and it is expected that further launches of HD channels will occur across the continent in the next few years.

Global on-air identity[]

In January 2010, Viacom International launched a global on-air identity campaign for its Nickelodeon channels worldwide (except Nickelodeon US, which adopted the new look identity 28 September 2009). The new look on air-identity debuted on France (29 January 2010), UK and Ireland (15 February 2010),[3] Poland (1 March), in Africa on 13 March 2010, and on Nickelodeon Netherlands, Germany, Nickelodeon Austria and Nickelodeon German-speaking Switzerland on 31 March 2010.[4] The new look design incorporates the newly designed Nickelodeon logo which originally launched on Nickelodeon US in September, 2009. The roll-out of Nickelodeon's new global on-air, online and offline branding will take place throughout 2010 on all Nickelodeon channels worldwide (with exception to Nickelodeon US). Nickelodeon Europe picked up the new 2011 look from Nick USA in 2012. The first country to pick up the new bumpers was Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland). It first got random airings of these bumpers in October 2011 and they were fully used from 2 January 2012.

Localized Nickelodeon channels in Europe, The Middle East & Africa (excluding countries which use Nickelodeon Central & Eastern Europe)[]

Country Title Air Date New Look Release Date International broadcast Note
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland Nickelodeon (British & Irish TV channel) September 1, 1993 (the UK), February 2004 (Ireland) February 15, 2010
Germany Nickelodeon (German TV channel) July 5, 1995 (Original), September 15, 2005 (Re-launch) March 31, 2010 Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg
Scandinavia Nickelodeon (Scandinavian TV channel) 1996 2010 Norway, Denmark, Finland Formerly available in Sweden until a local Swedish feed was launched on June 18 2008
Israel Nickelodeon (Israeli TV channel) March 15, 1996 (Block), July 1, 2003 (Channel) May 2, 2010
Middle East & North Africa Nickelodeon (Middle Eastern & North African TV channel) July 16, 1996 (Original), January 5, 2015 (Re-launch) January 5, 2015 Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania The original Middle Eastern Nickelodeon ceased broadcast on September 8, 2011 with programs moving to MBC3 the channel was re-launched on the Emirati TV provider OSN, on January 5, 2015
Turkey Nickelodeon (Turkish TV channel) December 10, 1997 March 15, 2010
Hungary Nickelodeon (Hungarian TV channel) August 1, 1998 (Block), October 6, 1999 (Channel) March 15, 2010
German-speaking Switzerland Nickelodeon (Swiss TV channel) September 28, 1998 (block), April 1, 2009 March, 2010 Autonomous sub-feed of Nickelodeon Germany for German-speaking Switzerland
Ukraine Nickelodeon (Ukraine) October, 1998 2010 Aired as a programming block on QTV until September, 2017 when QTV ceased broadcast.
Estonia Nickelodeon (Estonia) October 17, 1998 Aired as a programming block on TV1 until 2001 when the block was closed due to low ratings and declining viewership, Nickelodeon Europe added an Estonian audio track in 2017.
Russia Nickelodeon (Russian TV channel) November 15, 1998 2010 Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Baltic states
Spain Nickelodeon (Spanish & Portuguese TV channel) March 27, 1999 2010 Andorra, Equatorial Guinea
Sub-Saharan Africa Nickelodeon (Sub-Saharan African TV channel) June 12, 1999 (block), July 1, 2008 2010 Nickelodeon's Pan-African channel reaches 49 countries across the continent.
Poland Nickelodeon (Polish TV channel) November 7, 1999 (block), July 10, 2008 (channel) June 14, 2010
Netherlands Nickelodeon (Dutch TV channel) February, 2002 (block), July 14, 2003 (channel) March 31, 2010 Belgium
Greece Nickelodeon (Greek TV channel) 2003 (block on Channel 9), September 3, 2010 (channel) September 3, 2010 Cyrpus
Italy Nickelodeon (Italian TV channel) November 1, 2004 2010 San Marino, Vatican City
Portugual Nickelodeon (Spanish & Portuguese TV channel) June 1, 2005 2010 Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique
France Nickelodeon (French TV channel) November 16, 2005 January 26, 2010 Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mauritius, Overseas France
Wallonia (Belgium) Nickelodeon (Walloon TV channel) July 14, 2006 2010


  1. ^ "Nick International". Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "MTV to launch Nickelodeon HD on Sky". Digital Spy. September 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Rushton, Katherine (February 11, 2010). "Nickelodeon drops splat for 'older' identity | News | Broadcast". Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "MTV renames German Nick channels | News". Rapid TV News. February 21, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.

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