Is Cartoon Network really shutting Down? Find Out the Facts…

International Misleading

A lot of people all over the world have been enjoying the variety of cartoons and animations produced by the Cartoon Network over the years. However, a number of fans were shocked by a wave of recent posts which claimed that the Cartoon Network will be shut down and its days are numbered.

However, Factcrescendo Sri Lanka’s investigation found these claims to be misleading.

Social Media Posts

A number of posts signaled the death of the cartoon giant after 30 years as seen in the below post which said “Bye Bye Cartoon Network after 30 long years; our favorite channel is shutting down”

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Fact Check

Cartoon Network (often abbreviated as CN) is an American cable TV channel owned by Warner Brothers Discovery and it has been an asset of Warner Bros. Discovery for years. Inaugurated in 1992, Cartoon Network is now running for 30 years. Many details about it can be taken from hereArchived.

First, we checked the official social media handles of the Cartoon Network and found a post on 15th October, which had rejected the viral rumors over its death. The post said “Y’all we’re not dead, we’re just turning 30.To our fans: We’re not going anywhere. We have been and will always be your home for beloved, innovative cartoons. More to come soon!”

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Also a representative of Cartoon Network had provided a statement to Fox5 which said “Speculation that Cartoon Network is going away is categorically false. Cartoon Network Studios has moved under the leadership of WBTV and will continue to create great content for the network, as will Warner Bros Animation and beyond. In 2023, Cartoon Network is slated to premiere more new and returning originals than at any other time in its history and much of that content will also be available to audiences on HBO Max

However, what exactly sparked the wave of social media posts?

Merger Between Cartoon Network & Warner Bros. Animation 

Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) is ready to undergo a special overhaul in merging with Warner Bros. Animation, as part of a “strategic realignment” for Warner Bros. Discovery.

According to Polygon, “While the three brand labels Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), Cartoon Network Studios (CNS), and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe will remain distinct, WBA and CNS development and production teams will be brought under one division.” So, it`s clear that the two brands WBA and CNS, which are already under Warner Bros. Discovery’s main company will be merged and will come under one division, but both companies will work distinctively.

The brand name Cartoon Network will continue to prevail and hence the terms claiming the shutting down of Cartoon Network is misleading. However, with the decision of merging CNS and WBA, in addition to the number of layoffs, the production company has opted not to fill 43 additional vacant positions, taking the total number of eliminated jobs to 125, making room for a lot of speculation. More details about this can be read from here and here

However, many have cited this decision of merger to be the end of an era. Former General Manager Cartoon Network Studios, Brian A. Miller, tweeted about this news as “Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. Those three LABELS will continue to exist, but development and main production teams for Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios will now merge.” RIP CNS, which was one of the reasons for many of the viral social media posts. More on this here

An explanatory video about this can be watched here

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Conclusion

According to our investigation, we were able to find out that the social media claims which claim that Cartoon Network will be shut down are misleading. What’s really going to happen is that two brands that have been prevailing under the same company Warner Bros. Discovery will be merged and will work as one division yet keep their distinctive identities.

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Title:Is Cartoon Network really shutting Down? Find Out the Facts…

Fact Check By: Kalana Krishantha 

Result: Misleading

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