Cartoon Network is a cable channel created by Turner Broadcasting in 1992. It debuted on October 1st that year, beginning its broadcast with the Looney Tunes short The Great Piggy Bank Robbery.
Initially created following the Turner company having bought the Hanna-Barbera cartoon library, the network also housed the color Looney Tunes shorts produced before August 1948, which were under Turner's ownership at the time (these shorts were also being shown on fellow Turner-owned channels TNT and TBS).
Cartoon Network has international stations globally. These other stations show different programming fit towards the popularity with audiences.