Cartoon Network Africa Releases Statement In Regards Of Banned Shows In Kenya

Cartoon Network Africa Releases Statement In Regards Of Banned Shows In Kenya

Cartoon Network Africa Releases Statement In Regards Of Banned Shows In Kenya

This Thursday (22/06/2017), the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned several cartoons including content offered by Turner Southern Europe and Africa (Cartoon Network) and Viacom International Media Networks Southern Europe, Middle-East and Africa (Nickelodeon) including Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, Clarence and Adventure Time and Nickelodeon’s The Loud House on the basis of “promoting” homosexuality. Turner has released a statement regarding the issue and has ensured viewers that programming is checked to make sure it’s suitable for children, culturally acceptable and always to complies to the laws of each country where the Cartoon Network Africa pan-feed is received.

Internationally, Turner uses market research to make sure its content is suitable for children in every country where Cartoon Network is received. Adventure Time was banned due to the past relationship between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline (as revealed by Adventure Time’s creator – Pendleton Ward to Marceline’s voice actress – Olivia Olson) and Steven Universe was banned mostly due to the relationship between Ruby and Sapphire and the past relationship with Pearl and Rose Quartz, which are ongoing storylines in the show, though all gems have a “female” appearance, they are technically genderless. Clarence was banned because of the relationship between Jeff’s parents.

The statement from Turner:

“With respect to the issues raised by customers, we ensure our channels and programming are suitable for children and do not contain the content and messages unsuitable. In Africa, as in all markets, we always seek to be respectful of local laws, cultures and sensitivities and, in some instances, this means we do show amended versions of US original series. We constantly review feedback from our audiences to ensure that this is the case and this is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously.”

Viacom responded by suspending the affected shows on Nickelodeon Africa and Nicktoons Africa: The Loud House, Hey Arnold! and the Legend of Korra, Multichoice (owners of DStv, one of the largest satellite pay-TV companies in Africa) has contacted Turner, Viacom and Disney to make sure they comply in the markets where DStv operates.

https://citifmonline.com/2017/06/22/our-programming-respects-laws-in-every-country-multichoice/

http://www.drum.co.za/news/tv-shows-banned-for-being-pro-gay/

Hoolee New Turner Kids Pop-Up Channel Launches 1st December

Hoolee New Turner Kids Pop-Up Channel Launches 1st December

Hoolee New Turner Kids Pop-Up Channel Launches 1st December: Extra Programming For The Christmas Period

During the Multichoice #OnlyTheBest content showcase last week, DStv announced that a temporary children’s channel was in the works and they were in talks with Turner. Since then, it was revealed that DStv and Turner Broadcasting System Europe will be launching a new temporary channel for the African market called Hoolee. Hoolee will broadcast during the Christmas period from 1st December to 31st January and will feature children’s programming from Cartoon Network’s and Warner Bros’ library. The new channel will feature movies, premieres and also acquisitions from other studios. The channel is exclusive to DStv customers only.

The CEO of Multichoice Africa, Tim Jacobs, made this statement about Hoolee:

“Imagine laughing, sharing surprising adventures and celebrating the summer holidays with your children every day, is the promise of the channel”

Pierre Branco, Vice President and Managing Director of Turner Africa, made this statement about Hoolee and explains that the channel will have a wide range of programmes and movies:

“Hoolee will offer to the whole family programmes that they have always enjoyed, as well as new and refreshing, exclusive shows and movies. The range of programming is truly amazing”

http://www.360nobs.com/2015/09/dstv-to-make-family-holidays-happee-with-a-dedicated-turner-broadcasting-kids-channel/

http://talkmediaafrica.com/2015/09/07/dstv-to-launch-dedicated-turner-broadcasting-kids-channel-hoolee-this-christmas/

Cartoon Network And Boomerang At Africa’s DStv Content Showcase

Cartoon Network And Boomerang At Africa's DStv Content Showcase

Cartoon Network And Boomerang At Africa’s DStv Content Showcase

Multichoice, the company that owns and operates DStv, a pay-tv satellite TV provider in Africa has hosted a Content Showcase event called “#OnlyTheBest” in Mauritius. At the content showcase there was a section called “Turner Fun Factory” to promote Turner Broadcasting System’s kids channels, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. At the Turner Fun Factory, media news journalists could spend time with Mr. Bean, Ben 10, the We Bare Bears and Finn and Jake while having a cocktail such as a Ben10 Macho Mojito, The Mean Bean Pimm’s Machine, the Triple Stack Bare Bears Pact and the OOO-lala Princess Bubblegum Cosmopolitan. The purpose of the event is to inform journalists so they can get the word out about Cartoon Network’s and Boomerang’s upcoming shows and new episodes on DStv.

http://news.ugo.co.ug/mr-bean-tests-journalists-at-multichoices-content-gala/
http://talkmediaafrica.com/2015/09/04/onlythebest-day-4-top-african-journalists-prove-they-love-cartoons-at-turner-fair-factory/

UPDATE: According to the blog, TV with Thinus and entertainment website channel24, Turner will likely launch a temporary “Pop-up” kids channel in Africa during the Christmas period on DStv.

http://teeveetee.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/multichoice-to-add-pop-up-kids-channel.html

http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/News/DStv-4-pop-ups-channels-coming-in-2016-20150903