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Nick Jr. (UK & Ireland) is a British TV Channel operated by Nickelodeon UK, a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks Europe and BSkyB. The channel is aimed at pre-school children.

History Edit

Nick Jr. was first broadcast in the UK and Ireland from 1993, during the daytime hours on the main Nickelodeon UK channel. It was soon joined by CBBC on Nickelodeon from 1996-1999, which showed CBBC pre-school programming, it was broadcast from 9am – 10am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

In 1999, the slot was spun off into its own channel, initially broadcasting on channel 606 on Sky, and from 06:00-12:00 alongside Sky Sports 3 on analogue satellite, although this schedule would sometimes change if sports were being covered in the early morning.

Analogue transmissions ceased some years later. When it first properly aired it was presented by Face.

On 20 April 2001, MTV Dance started broadcasting during its downtime hours after it was spun off from MTV Extra. On 30 March 2002, a technical problem led to MTV Dance failing to start at 7.00pm, while electronic dance music videos were played on Nick Jr. On 18 March 2002, Nick Jr receives its new look on the same day, broadcasts from 6.00am-8.00pm and was moved to Sky channel 618. On 22 July 2002, MTV Dance acquired its own separate channel and both channels have since extended their broadcasting hours. On 6 January 2013 The Bedtime Business Song appeared for the last time at 7.55pm and has not been played since on the channel.

As of 2 August 2010, Nick Jr. broadcasts 24 hours a day, offering a lineup of 'Nick Jr. Classics' including classic programming such as Rainbow, Bagpuss, Mr. Benn, and the like, between 20:00 and 22:00. The shows are sometimes presented by a number of anthropomorphic characters. The morning show, between 07:00 and 09:00 is presented by Helena Dowling, and is called "Wake Up World".

A version of Nick Jr. for Ireland was launched in 2006. This version, like Nickelodeon Ireland, shares the same schedule as the UK feed, but has Irish adverts.

On the 30 April 2010 Nick Jr. introduced a new logo as seen the US. On the 7 January 2013 Nick Jr has its new look in the style of Disney Junior.

As of 2 August 2010, Nick Jr. broadcasts 24 hours a day

As of 1 hour timeshift named Nick Jr. Replay is expected to launch on 1 October 2012

Nick Jr. Programmes Edit

Current programming Edit

Former programming Edit

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