New slots for Fireman Sam

HIT has announced two new broadcast partners in the UK for Fireman Sam.
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Five and Cartoonito have licensed a mix of new and existing Fireman Sam programming and is scheduled for broadcast in Spring 2008.

Five has the first five series and a 20-minute special of Fireman Sam and plans to launch the programming on Milkshake!, the channel’s pre-school block in 2008.

Turner’s Cartoonito has licensed three series of Fireman Sam including the two new series in high-definition CGI. Cartoonito was launched as a full pre-school channel on Sky 619 earlier this year, having previously been a successful block on Cartoon Network Too. Cartoonito also airs another HIT show Barney & Friends.

Nick Wilson head of programming at Five commented: “Fireman Sam is a wonderful example of the best of British model animation and the series will perfectly compliment Five's classic collection that already includes Thomas the Tank Engine, Rupert and Noddy.”

Cecilia Persson, Turner’s Vice President Programming, Acquisitions and Presentation added: “Fireman Sam is a fantastic show and we’re delighted that it is set to air on Cartoonito. In particular we look forward to premiering the new high definition CGI versions which bring a great new look and feel to the series.”

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