Disney will cease operations for Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, beginning in the first quarter of 2021, according to an announcement made Thursday (Dec. 3) by Disney Branded Television President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh. The closures will impact 36 full-time and part-time employees.
The announcement follows the recent structural changes that find Disney Branded Television increasing its focus on producing kids and family content for Disney+ and Disney Channels. Radio Disney in Latin America is a separate operation and is not impacted by the announcement today.
Radio Disney launched in November 1996 as a terrestrial broadcast network; by 2005, Radio Disney was available in 97% of the U.S. via more than 50 terrestrial radio stations and SiriusXM, and had offshoots in the UK, Japan and Latin America. Radio Disney Country launched in 2015 as a digital-only platform, before expanding in 2017 with the launch of two Los Angeles terrestrial stations and increased digital streaming.
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