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It is owned by Turner Broadcasting and focuses on animation for both children and adults. CN airs original programming in addition to syndicating other series.
The company began airing on October 1, 1992. It was intended as an outlet for Turner's large animation library that include MGM shorts, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, and Fleischer's Popeye cartoons. CN competed with fellow cartoon-oriented station Nickelodeon.
The channel's first original program was Space Ghost, attracting adult audiences. They then started What a Cartoon!, animated shorts of independent animators. Many shorts became series such as Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, and I Am Weasel. They then started other original programs such as The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Ed, Edd n Eddy.
The channel then launched the Toonami block that included various anime series including Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, and Dragon Ball Z. The block was hosted by T.O.M., voiced by Steven Blum.
The group then made a deal with Warner Brothers to show older Kids WB cartoons along with the popular series Justice League.
In the early 2000s, the channel launched Adult Swim for older audiences. They also produced The Powerpuff Girls Movie.
In 2007, CN began importing Canadian shows from Teletoon. In 2009, they launched CN Real featuring live-action reality shows.
In recent years, CN signed an exclusive deal with WB to air DC Comics based programming such as Green Lantern, Young Justice, and Beware the Batman.