History of Nickelodeon

By mhoush
  • Pinwheel as orginal name

    Pinwheel as orginal name
    Pinwheel opening creditsNickelodeon was founded on December 1st, 1977. QUBE, the first two-way interactive cable TV system was launched in Columbus, Ohio by Warner Cable (owned by Warner Communications, and an ancestor of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment). One of the specialized channels available to subscribers of the QUBE system was Pinwheel. This was a cable channel for kids which ran for only about 6 hours per day. On April 1st, 1979 it was relaunched as Nickelodeon. This is the day they celebrated 10 years late
  • changing of name

    changing of name
    Pinwheel was re-launched as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, and despite its prior history on the QUBE system under the Pinwheel name, Nickelodeon has declared that 1979 is the network's official launch year. It began airing on various Warner Cable systems, beginning in Buffalo, New York and quickly expanded its audience reach.[5][6][7] Originally a commercial-free cable channel, shows airing during its
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    History of Nickelodeon

  • extending of the Nickelodeon time slot

    extending of the Nickelodeon time slot
    On April 12, 1981, the channel extended its hours from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. ET by turning its channel over to the Alpha Repertory Television Service (ARTS) and, later until 1985, A&E Network after ARTS merged with NBC's struggling cable service The Entertainment Channel.
  • the splat logo

    the splat logo
    One of the many variants of the orange logo, commonly known for the 'splat' design, used from October 8, 1984 to 28 September 2009; this particular version was used as the main logo from April 2003 to 28 September 2009, and is still used on the Arabian version of Nickelodeon and on newer products in tandem with the current logo
  • struggled at first

     struggled at first
    The channel struggled at first, having lost $4 million by 1984, mostly due to a lack of successful programs including failed shows such as Against the Odds and Going Great, and finishing dead last among the cable channels. After firing the previous staff, MTV Networks president Bob Pittman turned to Fred Seibert and Alan Goodman, who created MTV's iconic IDs a few years earlier, to reinvigorate Nicke
  • droping of Nickelodeon

    droping of Nickelodeon January 1985, after A&E dropped its partnership with Nickelodeon and became its own 24-hour channel, Nickelodeon simply went to a test screen after sign-off. That July, Nickelodeon added a new nighttime block called Nick at Nite, and became a 24/7 service. That same year, American Express sold their stake in Warner-Amex to Warner Communications and was renamed Warner Cable; by 1986, Warner Cable turned MTV Networks into a private company, and sold MTV, RTS, Nickelodeon and the new VH1 network
  • Nicktoons

    Nicktoons 1990, Nickelodeon opened Nickelodeon Studios, a television studio/attraction at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando which many of its sitcoms and game shows were filmed and entered into a multimillion-dollar joint marketing agreement with international restaurant chain Pizza Hut, which provided Nickelodeon Magazine for free at participating Pizza Hut restaurants (which was put on hiatus for three years).[10] In 1991, Nickelodeon developed its first animated series, Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren
  • TEENick

    TEENick August 15, 1992, the channel extended its Saturday schedule to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET with the launch of a primetime block called SNICK,[13] which was home to shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Clarissa Explains It All, All That, The Amanda Show and Kenan & Kel; in 2004, the block was reformatted as the Saturday edition of TEENick (which originally debuted on Sunday evenings in 2000), and the Saturday night block continues today without an official block name (though A Night of Premiere
  • The Big Help

    The Big Help 1994, Nickelodeon launched The Big Help, which spawned a spinoff program The Big Green Help in 2007; the point of the program is to change yourself and the earth by exercising and protecting the environment to show a difference to the earth. Also that same year, Nickelodeon removed You Can't Do That on Television from its schedule after a thirteen-year run and by the same year the network had launched a new sketch comedy show, All That. For many years, until its cancellation in 2005, All That
    In October 1995, Nickelodeon ventured in the World Wide Web and launched[18] Initially the website was available only using America Online's internet service, but was later available to all internet service providers. The website's popularity grew and in March 1999, became the highest-rated website aimed at children aged 6–14 years old. Nickelodeon used the website in conjunction with television programs which increased traffic.[19] In 2001, Nickelodeon partnered with Networks
  • video games

    video games
    In 2001, Nickelodeon partnered with Networks Inc. to provide broadband video games for rent from The move was a further step in the multimedia direction that the developers wanted to take the website. Skagerlind indicated that over 50% of's audience are using a high speed connection which allows them to expand the gaming options on the website. To accompany the broadband content, TurboNick was created. Initially it was a popup panel which showcased broadband content on Nick.c
  • spliting up

    spliting up
    In March 2004, Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite were split up in the Nielsen primetime and total day ratings, due to the different programming, advertisers and target audiences between the two services; this caused controversy by cable executives believing this manipulated the ratings, given that Nick at Nite's broadcast day takes up only a fraction of Nickelodeon's programming schedule.[2][3] Nickelodeon's and Nick at Nite's respective ratings periods encompasses only the hours they each operate un
  • Nickelodeon closes

    Nickelodeon closes Studios closed down in 2005 and was converted into the Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre in 2007; Nickelodeon now tapes its live-action series at the Nickelodeon On Sunset studios (formerly the Earl Carroll Theatre) in Hollywood, California and other studio locations in Hollywood and other areas
  • Nick Jr. and Nick Magazine

    Nick Jr. and Nick Magazine
    Nickelodeon announced in February 2009 that Noggin and The N were to be rebranded as Nick Jr. and TeenNick to bring both channels in line with the Nickelodeon brand identity. Nickelodeon later announced in May 2009 that Nick Magazine would be discontinued by the end of the year. In July 2009, Nickelodeon unveiled a new logo for the first time in 25 years on the packaging of Nickelodeon DVDs coming out beginning that month, the Australian service, and that year's Nickelodeon Animation Festival, i
  • House of Anubis

    House of Anubis
    On January 1, 2011, Nickelodeon debuted a new original series, House of Anubis. The show, which was based on the series Het Huis Anubis which aired on an international version of Nickelodeon in The Netherlands, became the first original scripted series to be broadcast in a weekdaily strip (in a similar format to a soap opera) and the first original series produced by the flagship Nickelodeon in the United States not to be produced in the United States or Canada.