Cartoon Network is a channel created by Turner Entertainment in 1992. The network started airing Pokémon episodes in 2001, sharing times with Kids' WB, before that channel closed in 2008. In 2006, the network started premiering new Pokémon episodes after Kids' WB shut down. Pokémon also started airing on Boomerang, the sister channel for Cartoon Network, in 2000.

On November 17, 2016, the lease for the Pokémon anime rights expired for Boomerang/Cartoon Network and Time Warner, owner of Turner/Warner Bros. refused to renew it. Instead, The Walt Disney Company announced it would pick up the series starting with the Sun and Moon season, as well as rights to rerun the previous episodes. New episodes and reruns would move to the Disney XD channel starting in 2017.[1]

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