Will Nickelodeon and CITV in the UK merge?

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The failing Nickelodeon channel in the UK, which no longer makes its own shows and relies on US shows, could improve its fortunes by merging with the more successful CITV to create INK (ITV Nickelodeon Kids), a channel that nearly launched in 2005 but was later cancelled. Sky will have to sell its stake in the channel and will replace the obscure Sky Replay channel with the Sky Kids channel to compete. Nick Jr will become Mini INK, Nick Jr 2 will become Mini INK 2. Nicktoons will become INKtoons. They will revive the Nick Jr Classics block on Mini INK as Mini INK Classics, airing classic Nick and ITV shows like Rainbow, Button Moon, Eureeka’s Castle and Little Bill. INK will be free to air, the other channels will be pay tv only.
 
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The failing Nickelodeon channel in the UK, which no longer makes its own shows and relies on US shows, could improve its fortunes by merging with the more successful CITV to create INK (ITV Nickelodeon Kids), a channel that nearly launched in 2005 but was later cancelled. Sky will have to sell its stake in the channel and will replace the obscure Sky Replay channel with the Sky Kids channel to compete. Nick Jr will become Mini INK, Nick Jr 2 will become Mini INK 2. Nicktoons will become INKtoons. They will revive the Nick Jr Classics block on Mini INK as Mini INK Classics, airing classic Nick and ITV shows like Rainbow, Button Moon, Eureeka’s Castle and Little Bill. INK will be free to air, the other channels will be pay tv only.

Don't think this will happen due to several reasons.

1. Viacom owns Channel 5, which has a successful pre-school block, why would ViacomCBS need to partner with CITV?

2. Current circumstances are different to the mid-2000's. During that time ITV was assessing their kids programming and even considered outsourcing it wholesale to Nickelodeon, this eventually ended up as a joint-venture idea between Viacom and ITV but they couldn't agree on responsibilities and control. ITV was restructuring its business after the failure of ITV Digital and the merger between Carlton and Granada meant cost-cutting and the closure of studio assets to save money.

3. ITV doesn't have much appetite for pay-TV ever since the collapse of ITV Digital, they're more interested in Britbox and the ITV Hub these days. The market is changing, pay-TV is declining.

4. CITV are more than capable of running a children's channel on their own, they produce what they need and buy in any shows they need, forming good relationships across the industry.

5. Sky won't give up Nickelodeon without a fight, as pay-TV is declining, Sky will become more defensive, they will need to justify their existence.

6. Nickelodeon are doing okay, they make their money from subscriptions, not necessarily just advertising, just because it has a lower viewing share doesn't necessarily means it's not successful, companies choose their business model and what is more profitable for them. Nick Jr is very successful to though, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol are prime examples.

7. Nickelodeon are focusing more on the launch of Paramount+.

8. Nickelodeon UK does have some involvement in locally produced shows such as It's Pony and The Adventures of Paddington.
 

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Don't think this will happen due to several reasons.

1. Viacom owns Channel 5, which has a successful pre-school block, why would ViacomCBS need to partner with CITV?
yeah, its like the cw working with cb- oh wait, and also for the record, itv almost bought channel 5 before viacom
2. Current circumstances are different to the mid-2000's. During that time ITV was assessing their kids programming and even considered outsourcing it wholesale to Nickelodeon, this eventually ended up as a joint-venture idea between Viacom and ITV but they couldn't agree on responsibilities and control. ITV was restructuring its business after the failure of ITV Digital and the merger between Carlton and Granada meant cost-cutting and the closure of studio assets to save money.
name me the studios that itv shuttered
4. CITV are more than capable of running a children's channel on their own, they produce what they need and buy in any shows they need, forming good relationships across the industry.
that is what citv always be known for in my opinion (expect for Horrid Henry, that show moved to nick)
 

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