Saturday mornings no more: Cartoons bid fond farewell to decades old programming slot

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(WHNT) – A fixture of Saturday morning television is now no more.

For the first time since the 1960s, cartoons will be nowhere to be found on broadcast network television.

The CW became the last broadcast network to pull the plug on what was a Saturday morning tradition for millions of children and a source of nostalgia for adults.

The network made the programming change on September 27.

Parents no doubt have fond childhood memories of waking up Saturday to a morning full of animated entertainment from “Looney Tunes” to “Scooby Doo” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Saturday morning entertainment has evolved over the last several years, with more and more networks have started to phase out what has been an entertainment staple for decades.

Industry experts say the broadcast networks could no longer compete with cartoon channels on cable and satellite providers.

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  • payday24654

    Saturday morning​ cartoons are still on one channel called retro TV they are a free to air TV channel all across the USA.

  • antoine B

    I remember waking up at 6:00 am Saturday morning and watching my cartoons. They were Heckel & Jeckel, Betty Boop, Felix the cat, Rocky and the Flying Squirrel, Baby Huey, the Road runner, and Loony Toons. But the best was Sunday night at 6:30 when Disney came on and it always started off is a Disney cartoon and led into the main feature, like Davy Crocket.

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