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Fox Noggin Channel
Slogan You Need Us, For Everything You Do (primary)
The Kids Network (secondary) (FOX slogans)
I'm Using My Noggin (primary)
It's Like Preschool on TV (secondary) (Nickelodeon slogans)
Owner Time Venture between MTV Networks (Viacom) and News Corporation

Fox Noggin Channel is a cable television network in the United States, intended to help children learn. This channel features Nick Jr. characters. It is one of Nickelodeon's sister channels, concentrating on preschool programs.

From April 1, 2002 through December 31, 2007, The channel had only aired between 5:00am and 10:00pm EST/2:00am and 7:00pm PCT with Fox Noggin at Nite airing through the rest of the channel's airtime. The timeshare practice is still in place on Dish Network.

On December 31, 2007, Fox Noggin's sister channel, Nickelodeon GAS, left the satellite and digital cable channel lineups, and moved to the online-only TurboNick, with Fox Noggin at Nite taking over Nick GAS's channel position after splitting from Fox Noggin Channel.

The network's programming consists mostly of recent Nick Jr., Fox Kids and Fox Noggin's original programming.


Fox Noggin Channel was originally created as a joint venture between Viacom's Nickelodeon, News Corporation and the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), but Sesame Workshop's interest was sold to Nickelodeon in 2002. The first broadcast on the Fox Noggin Channel was The Simpsons episode "Bart's Dog Gets an F" aired at 7 a.m. ET. They also aired religious programming like Davey and Goliath from 1999 to 2004. From 2000 to 2002, The Late Show aired at 12am-1am. Until 2007, they also air live-action programming which include short subjects, TV shows and feature films which now air on other networks.

At the time of its launch, Fox Noggin Channel was a premium channel that aired for 16 hours a day, from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. ET/PT. During its first full year, the channel was available to more than 532,000 subscribers in the U.S.A. In March 2000, the channel extended its programming day to 18 hours a day by adding two hours to its late night schedule, with the channel now broadcasting daily from 7 a.m.-1 a.m. ET/PT. On March 30, 2001, Fox Noggin Channel began broadcasting 24 hours a day.

From 1999 until 2002, Fox Noggin Channel was targeted at preteens. Starting in 2002, Fox Noggin Channel was now targeted at pre-schoolers, the format was changed, due to low ratings. The network takes its name from a slang term for “brain” (see noggin), 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, Fox Noggin no longer airs any show produced by Sesame Workshop (it has since premiered Pinky Dinky Doo, which is a Fox Noggin Original produced by Sesame Workshop and it had both new and old episodes, 2007-2008).

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, Fox Noggin Channel does not show commercials, but it has shown ads and billboards for products such as Kellogg's Mud N' Bugs Cereal, Butterfinger (featuring The Simpsons, including its archive commercials including No Teasing, Bart's Karate Lesson and The Bully) , and Lego's Explorer Line of Toys, 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 Fox Noggin, they had to be edited for running time.

Timesharing history

Timeline of Fox Noggin Channel's Operation Hours
Date Information Sign-Off
1999-2000 Fox Noggin Channel was on 16 hours a day. 11:00pm
2000-2001 Fox Noggin Channel changing broadcast from 16 hours a day to 18 hours a day 1:00am
2001-2002, 2007-present Fox Noggin Channel was changing broadcast from 18 hours a day to 24 hours a day. -
2002-2007 (2002-2009 on Dish Network) Fox Noggin Channel switched to Fox Noggin at Nite. 6:00pm
2005-present Fox Noggin Channel is changed from the premium cable channel to a basic cable service. - (6:00pm from 2005-2007 and from 2005-2009 on Dish Network)
2012-present Fox Noggin Channel introduces a new look. -
2012-2015 Fox Noggin Channel introduces a block called Mommy Television. 2:55am (previously 9:55)

Current Programming

Pre-school programming

Younger kids programming

Pre-teen programming

Former Programming

Current short programs

  • Ebb and Flo
  • Fox Noggin's Art Alive
  • Fox Noggin's Critter Corner
  • Fox Noggin's Field Trip
  • Fox Noggin's Let's Do Math
  • Fox Noggin's Move to the Music
  • Fox Noggin Presents [With ChickiePoo & Fluff]
  • Fox Noggin's Show and Tell [with Deko Boko Friends]
  • Fox Noggin's Snacktime
  • Fox Noggin's Storytime
  • Zee's Bookself
  • Zee's Garden

Former short programs

  • Pixar Short Films (1999-2007)
  • Popular Science (1999-2007)
  • Unusual Occupations (1999-2007)
  • Speaking of Animals (1999-2007)

The UK T.V. Channel

Fox Noggin Channel UK
Owner News Corporation

Fox Noggin Channel UK was a children's television slot broadcast on Viva from 6am to 8am daily. It launched in its most recent format on January 30, 2006. It was the first commercial children's television channel to air on the UK's DTT platform, Freeview, followed by CITV, then lastly Playhouse Disney on ABC1. Prior to its launch on TMF, it was carried as part of Nick Jr. between 8pm and 10pm, but focused on classic animated children's programmes from the late 1960s to early 1990s and Disney Programming. This strand was replaced in 2006 with Nick Jr. Classics. It is based on the USA-owned channel Fox Noggin Channel, which has been broadcasting since 1999.

On Monday 25 September 2006, Fox Noggin was replaced by a new strand named Nick Jr on TMF, which is identical to its predecessor with the exception of the new branding. This strand reverted back to the Fox Noggin moniker in March 2009.

Its set of programmes on Viva:

On the original strand broadcast on Nick Jr:


From 1999 to 2005, Fox Noggin's logo involves a square with "F", "N" and "C" inside it with the network name underneath it. When the network split in 2005, a new logo was launched, with the 1996 Fox logo, the words "NOGGIN" and on the green box "CHANNEL".

Other pages

  • List of DirecTV channels
  • List of Dish Network channels
  • Nick N


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