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CNX logo
Launched 14 October 2002
Closed 7 September 2003
Owned by Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner)
Audience share 0.3% (August 2003, BARB)
Replaced by Toonami
Sister channel(s) Cartoon Network
Availability at time of closure
Sky Digital Channel 244
NTL Channel 903
Telewest Channel 148

CNX was a channel operated by Turner Broadcasting System Europe in the UK and Ireland between 2002 and 2003. It was aimed at a male audience, with daytime programming aimed at older children and teenagers (predominantly 12-18 years of age), and evening programming aimed at older teenagers and young adults (the 17-34 demographic). The channel was carried in the 'Entertainment' section of the Sky programme guide, and was also available on cable (through the firms which are now Virgin Media).


Initially, the CNX branding was used throughout the channel's airtime, but shortly prior to the channel's closure the station switched to branding younger daytime output as Toonami, returning the brand to the UK following the removal of the Toonami branding from Cartoon Network UK at CNX's launch, with CNX remaining as the brand for adult-aimed evening output.

Some daytime programming on the channel had previously screened within the Toonami block on Cartoon Network, and to tie in with this CNX daytime programmes were promoted on Cartoon Network, which remained in the Kids section of the programme guide; however, as the evening/night output was aimed at an older audience, it was not promoted on the kids' channel (though it was promoted on other Turner properties, such as TCM).

Evening programmes on CNX expanded upon the channel's "Triple A" - Action, Adventure and Anime - theme, with comedy (such as Adult Swim output, some of which had previously aired in the AKA/Cult Toons strand on Cartoon Network UK, which does not have an Adult Swim strand), anime, extreme sports, drama (principally action/crime series such as The Shield and Birds of Prey), and movies, with the channel's film output predominantly consisting of martial arts films, anime films and action/drama.

The channel closed as CNX in 2003 when the adult-focused evening programmes were removed from the schedule, and the channel became a 24-hour Toonami-branded action cartoons channel listed in the Kids guide alongside Cartoon Network and Boomerang. In 2007, the channel took the Cartoon Network Too branding, with the previous CN TOO giving its entire airtime to Cartoonito, which had previously operated as a block on the channel. Whilst action cartoons continue to appear alongside other styles on the Cartoon Network channels, the Toonami branding is no longer used.

Films previously seen on CNX reverted to TCM following the cessation of CNX programming; the Adult Swim output has since resurfaced on various other channels in the UK including Bravo, FX and TCM 2.

Former programmes


The daytime schedule consisted of the child-friendly Toonami versions of shows such as:

These shows were mainly edited versions which were retained when the channel moved to Toonami.

Triple A Movies

The "Triple A Movies" block, which stood for the channel's combination of "Action, Adventure and Anime" showed mainly martial arts films but showed other material as well, a selection being:

Trailer Park

Trailer Park was a 'magazine' styled show, described on the now-defunct CNX website as: "Featuring the very best of free sports lifestyle programmes, including 'Chilli Factor'. From mid-November drop in to 'Trailer-Park TV' a brand new show by Christian Stevenson (AKA 'Seth-Seth Antoine') and Ed Leigh (AKA 'Carlos Fandango') from their gleaming chrome trailer parked under a cityscape flyover. 'Trailer Park' is your daily flyby of kick-ass, action, anime, movies and gaming."

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