Noggin (TV channel)

Noggin (TV channel)

Infobox_TV_channel| name= Noggin
launch=February 2, 1999
end date=April 2009 owner= (Viacom)
slogan= It's Like Preschool on TV (Formerly I'm Using My Noggin)
sister names= Nickelodeon
Nick Jr
Nicktoons Network
The N
Nickelodeon GAS
Nick at Nite
TV Land
terr avail=
sat serv 1=DirecTV
sat chan 1=Channel 301
Channel 1301 (VOD)
sat serv 2=Dish Network
sat chan 2=Channel 169
(Timeshared with The N)
sat serv 3=Mediacom
sat chan 3=Channel 221
cable serv 1=Available on most cable systems
cable chan 1=Check Local Listings for channels

Noggin is a 24-hour cable television network in the United States, intended to help children learn. One of Nickelodeon's sister channels, it concentrates on preschool programs and features the animated characters of Moose A. Moose (a moose) and Zee (a blue bird). The network's programming consists mostly of recent Nick Jr. and Noggin original series. [ [ Toon Zone Talkback - Noggin and The N to Become Separate Channels on 12/31 - Page 5 - Toon Zone Forum ] ]

From April 1, 2002 through December 31, 2007, the channel only aired between 6:00am and 6:00pm ET/3:00am and 3:00pm PT, with The N airing through the rest of the channel's airtime. This timeshare practice is still in place on Dish Network.

On December 31, 2007, [cite web| url=| title=Nick to Split Noggin and The N| publisher=Multichannel News| accessdate=2007-11-06] Noggin's sister channel, Nickelodeon GAS, left the satellite and digital cable channel lineups, and moved to the online-only TurboNick, [cite web| url=| title=MTV Networks splits Noggin, the N channels| publisher=Yahoo!| accessdate=2007-10-08] with The N took over Nick GAS's channel position after splitting from Noggin. [cite web| url=| title=A Coming of Age at Nickelodeon| publisher=New York Times Online| accessdate=2007-08-13] .But Dish Network Still Offers Nick GAS on Channel 177 while Noggin and The N still share their timeshare on channel 169.


Noggin was originally created as a joint venture between Viacom's Nickelodeon and the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), but Sesame Workshop's interest was sold to Nickelodeon in 2002. Noggin was a 24-hour channel until 2002 when Viacom decided to launch The N which was a combination of Teenick and Nick at Nite. The N is aimed at teens and has thought-provoking program inappropriate for Noggin viewers. On January 1, 2008 Noggin became a 24-hour channel again after The N took over Nick GAS's position, but Dish Network still offers Nick Gas on Channel 177 as Noggin and The N are still on the same Channel. Dish Network announced that on January 1, 2009 Noggin and The N will split and Nick GaS will be replaced with The N.

From 1999 until 2002, Noggin was targeted at preteens. Starting in 2002, the format was changed, due to low ratings. The network takes its name from a slang term for "head" or, by extension, "brain," reflecting its original purpose as an educational channel. Until the fall of 2003, the network aired classic episodes of "Sesame Street", as well as classic Sesame Workshop productions such as "3-2-1 Contact", "Square One TV", "Cro", and "The Electric Company". As of September 2 2007, Noggin no longer airs any show produced by Sesame Workshop (it has since premiered Pinky Dinky Doo, which is a Noggin Original produced by Sesame Workshop).

In addition to classic episodes of Nickelodeon favorites such as "Blue's Clues" and "Dora the Explorer", and original shows such as "Oobi" and "Jack's Big Music Show", many preschool-oriented shows originating from non-U.S. English-speaking countries that would otherwise not likely be seen on American TV are shown. Some examples include "Franklin" from Canada and "Tweenies", "Connie the Cow", "Tiny Planets", and "64 Zoo Lane" from the UK. However, in 2006, this is being de-emphasized; "Tweenies" was permanently pulled from the schedule in January, and "Tiny Planets" was pulled in April 2006. "Tiny Planets" was previously shown intermittently — but not every day — at 6:00AM Eastern/5:00AM Central, as "Tweenies" was for a year until it was pulled. Since July 2006 this is also being done with "64 Zoo Lane", suggesting that it too may disappear eventually (however, unlike the other two shows, they also sometimes are showing it at 7:00AM Eastern/6:00AM Central). However, they have also recently introduced "The Upside Down Show", which is from Australia (though like the British "Tiny Planets", has American origins via Sesame Workshop).

Technically, Noggin does not show commercials, but it has shown ads between shows such as "Mud N' Bugs Cereal", [ [ Cable TV: Noggin Getting the Nod | Business solutions from ] ] and Connie the Cow's Milk Break, as well as other "tie-in" media such as a music video that tied in with the film "Curious George", and spots for airings of shows on other channels within the Nick family. The channel's other revenues presumably come from fees paid by cable television distributors.

The network has also become a launching point for the music videos of pop musician/children's performers like Laurie Berkner, Lisa Loeb and Dan Zanes, initially as filler between 23-minute-long shows run commercial-free, and (because of their success in that format) now as music video shows like "Move to the Music". Also, when Sesame Workshop’s classic shows (such as "The Electric Company") aired on Noggin, they had to be edited for running time.



There was a Noggin brand in the United Kingdom that was broadcast on TMF UK and then Nick Jr. that showed identical programs, but has since been rebranded as Nick Jr. Classics.

ee also

* List of DirecTV channels
* List of Dish Network channels
* Nick Jr.


External links

* [ Official Site]
* [ Sesame Workshop’s official site]
* []
* [ Noggin (UK) on Nick Jr. (UK)]

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