Nickelodeon is calling on viewers to drop Telewest and sign up with Sky, after the cable operator pulled its four channels off air.
Nickelodeon is calling on viewers to drop Telewest and sign up with Sky, after the cable operator pulled its four channels off air.

The kids broadcaster was taken off the air on Thursday (16 December) after the two parties failed to agree on new carriage terms. Telewest in understood to be looking for a significant reduction in the amount it pays for Nickelodeon's channel.

Up to a million viewers will not have access to Nickelodeon, Nick Replay, Nicktoons and Nick Jr on the cable operator's analogue and digital TV platforms, until an agreement has been reached.

Nickelodeon UK managing director David Lynn said the company was still in talks with Telewest and urged fans of the channels to complain to Telewest and consider switching providers.

"We remain open to discussion with Telewest?However, until we hear back from Telewest we can only suggest that Nickelodeon fans contact Telewest's customer service line to express their concern, or approach an alternative operator such as Sky, NTL or Homechoice."

The Nickelodeon website has put up the contact details of Sky and Homechoice to help Telewest customers look elsewhere.

Eric Tveter, president and chief operating officer at Telewest Broadband, said: "We do not take the removal of any channel lightly, but we likewise cannot ignore programming costs if we are to continue to offer our subscribers excellent programming at competitive prices. We remain open to negotiation with Nickelodeon for future carriage of their channels."

Nickelodeon and Nick Jr have been aired on Telewest digital since its launch in 1999.