Nick Jr. (British and Irish TV channel)
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|Country||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Timeshift service||Nick Jr. +1|
|Owner||(ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia/Sky Group)|
Nick Jr. Too/Nick Jr. 2
|Launched||1993 (programming block)|
1 September 1999 (TV channel)
24 April 2006 (Nick Jr. 2)
|Virgin Media||Channel 715|
Channel 716 (Too/Nick Jr. 2)
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 607|
|Sky (UK)||Channel 606 (HD)|
Channel 613 (Too/Nick Jr. 2)
Channel 622 (+1)
Channel 645 (SD)
|Sky (Ireland)||Channel 606|
Channel 622 (+1)
Channel 625 (HD)
|TalkTalk Plus TV||Channel 484|
|BT (via Now TV)||Channel 470|
Channel 476 (HD)
Channel 490 (Too/Nick Jr. 2)
Channel 490 (Too/Nick Jr. 2)
|Eir Vision||Channel 615|
|Sky Go||Watch live (UK & Ireland only)|
|Now TV||Watch live (UK only)|
|TVPlayer||Watch live (UK only, TVPlayer Plus subscription required)|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
Nick Jr. was first broadcast in the UK and Ireland from 1993, during the daytime hours from 9am to 12pm on Nickelodeon. By 1998 it broadcast between 10am to 2:30pm.
Nick Jr. was spun off into its own channel in 1999, although the slot on Nickelodeon continued until July 2000, initially broadcasting on Sky, and from 6am to 10am alongside Sky Sports 3 on analogue satellite, although this schedule would sometimes be altered if sports were being covered in the early morning. However, on digital platforms, Nick Jr. aired from 6am to 8pm. At closedown, it would air a short closedown bumper featuring some characters from Nick Jr. shows and an announcement telling viewers to resume watching at 6am, before cutting to a static screen with the characters and the broadcast times until 6am the next morning.
In 2001, MTV Dance started broadcasting during its downtime hours after it was spun off from MTV Extra. MTV Dance acquired its own separate channel in 2002 and both MTV Dance and MTV Extra have since extended their broadcasting hours.
On 31 May 2004, Noggin launched as a block showing classic British children's TV programs from 8pm to 10pm, therefore extending broadcast hours to 10pm. After Noggin finished airing, it would cut to a variation of the static closedown board.
During the rebrand on 5 September 2005, Face was replaced by another presenter, Piper O'Possum, which she presents from the UK-input of Nick Jr. until its rebrand in 2010, she was voiced by Alex Kelly in the UK-input. In addition, Noggin was renamed to Nick Jr. Classics and the ident package that had been used since 2002 was dropped, as the international versions of Nick Jr. launched a 2D animated pop-up-book-style ident package, with two animals (a parent and a child) forming the Nick Jr. logo, very similar to the package of Nick Jr. on CBS from 2004 to 2006. This package was designed by British animation studio Studio AKA.
This package would be used on its then-new sister channel Nick Jr. 2 and on the main Nick Jr. channel until April 2010. Before Nick Jr. Classics, both channels showed a sign off ident telling viewers to come back at 6am, and after Nick Jr Classics, cut to a night loop of the same ident playing over again.
A version of Nick Jr. for Ireland was launched in 2006. This version, like the Irish version of Nickelodeon, shares the same schedule as the British version of Nickelodeon, but has Irish adverts.
Following the removal of Nick Jr. Classics from the main Nick Jr. channel, it reverted back to its original broadcast hours of 6am to 8pm.
Nick Jr. Too/Nick Jr. 2Edit
Another channel, Nick Jr. 2, was launched on 24 April 2006, it was renamed to Nick Jr. Too in November 2014.
Since October 2013, the channel has occasionally aired long-term marathons (usually one month) of the British preschool series Peppa Pig, during which it rebrands itself as Nick Jr. Peppa. The channel has since broadcast marathons of the Canadian preschool series PAW Patrol in a similar manner, likewise rebranding as Nick Jr. PAW Patrol.
Nick Jr. ClassicsEdit
During the mid and late 2000s, Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. 2 presented a nighttime programming block dedicated to classic British children's programmes from the 1970s and 1980s under the title Nick Jr. Classics. The block launched under the name Noggin on 31 May 2004, running every night from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. It was rebranded as Nick Jr. Classics on 5 September 2005.
The block was discontinued on Nick Jr. on 4 January 2009 and Nick Jr. 2 in April 2010.
- "Nick Jr. UK closing board". Imgur. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
- 2005-12-15T08:30:00+00:00. "Studio AKA does Nick Jr idents". Broadcast. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
- Wallop, Harry (8 October 2013). "Dad of four: a family united by Peppa Pig". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "Nick Jr. UK Announces It's "Peppa Pig" Month on Nick Jr. 2; Rebrands Channel As Nick Jr. Peppa". NickALive!. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "There's something happening on Nick Jr ..." Nick Jr. UK. Archived from the original on 11 July 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "Tune in to Nick Jr. from 8pm nightly to catch up with your long lost pals and introduce them to your Kids". Nick Jr. UK. Archived from the original on 11 July 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2018.