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Nickelodeon (South Korean TV channel)

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CountrySouth Korea
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
OwnerSBS ViacomCBS
(joint venture of SBS and ViacomCBS)
Sister channelsSBS MTV
Launched2003 (As a part of Nickelodeon Asia)
August 1, 2005 (As Nickelodeon Korea)
Available on most South Korean cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
SkyLifeChannel 152
KT Olleh TVChannel 136
LG U+ TVChannel 154
SK Broadband B TVChannel 176
Streaming media
SBS PlayWatch live
(Korea region only)
Revised RomanizationNikellodieon
Shortened name
Revised RomanizationNik

Nickelodeon (a.k.a. Nick) is a South Korean television channel aimed at children and teens. It is the South Korean version of American Nickelodeon. The channel is currently owned by SBS ViacomCBS, a joint venture of SBS Medianet and ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA.



Nickelodeon originals on generalist channels

In South Korea, some of original series from Nickelodeon, like Rugrats, Rocket Power, The Wild Thornberrys, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, were shown on what is now EBS1 (operated by public-service broadcaster EBS). Jimmy Neutron was broadcast on MBC. A localisation of Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues was shown on KBS2 (of public-sector broadcaster KBS). The Korean version of those series were produced by (or for) the broadcasters themselves, but none of them had a Nickelodeon-branded block.

Nickelodeon block on JEI TV

JEI TV (a specialty TV channel owned by JEI Corporation), after making a deal with Viacom, ran a Nickelodeon programming block for years.[1] It started with TV programmes that were not shown on the generalist terrestrial channels. But later, they aired their own Korean dub of what were shown on EBS. Those alternative dubs were produced by Arirang TV Media (a subsidiary of Arirang TV).

SkyLife carries Nickelodeon Southeast Asia

DTH satellite television provider SkyLife carried the Southeast Asian version of Nickelodeon from 2003 to 2006. A negotiation between SkyLife and On-Media to extend carriage deal was failed, so SkyLife choose Nickelodeon Southeast Asia to replace Tooniverse (then owned by On-Media) on the platform. Test transmission began in January that year, before the formal launch in March.[2] In 2005, as SkyLife and Sony Pictures Television International reached a deal to launch a South Korean version of Animax, it was announced that Nickelodeon Southeast Asia would be removed from the platform in 2006.[3] SkyLife did not carry the new South Korean version of Nickelodeon until 2014.

Launch and afterwards

Test broadcasts of a dedicated South Korean version of Nickelodeon began on August 1, 2005, before the formal launch in late 2005. This was a result of a deal between On-Media (then owned by Orion Group) and MTV Networks Asia. The channel was initially branded as Nick, and was exclusively available on cable TV providers. A Nickelodeon-branded programming block was also launched on On-Media's Tooniverse around that time.

In November 2008, the channel became a subsidiary of C&M Communication, along with MTV, when On-Media sold a percentage of its shares in On Music Network (which later became MTV Networks Korea). But a Nickelodeon block on Tooniverse continued to go. The channel was officially renamed Nickelodeon in 2010, using the new logo that unveiled months ago in the United States.

In September 2011, SBS, a commercial broadcaster, became the official South Korean partner of Viacom (now re-merged with CBS Corporation to form ViacomCBS in 2019), acquiring shares in MTV Networks Korea from previous South Korean owners and renaming the joint venture SBS Viacom. With this, Nickelodeon became a part of SBS.[4][5]




  1. ^ "美채널 '니켈로디언' 제휴" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-09-28 – via Naver.
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  4. ^ MTV 코리아·니켈로디언, SBS 계열로 재출범 (in Korean). SBS News. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
  5. ^ Gary Rusak. "Viacom and SBS create Nickelodeon Korea". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2011-10-01.

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