Disney closing three children's channels in the UK

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Disney Channel logo hangs on the wall during a press conference for the TV channel in 2013 (Angelika Warmuth/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Disney has announced that it is closing three children’s channels in the UK later this year.

Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will shut by the start of October, said The Hollywood Reporter.

From that point, Disney+ will “become the exclusive home” for content from those channels in the UK.

The streaming service was unveiled in March and already has big shows like Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and much-loved films such as the Toy Story series on offer, as well as older Disney classics.

Read more: Mark Hamill secretly voiced a character in The Mandalorian

Disney said in a statement: “The direct-to-consumer service, which garnered more than 54.5 million subscribers worldwide in its first seven months, will now premiere all the latest films, series and specials from the three Disney Channels, along with offering a rich and expansive back catalogue of Disney Channel titles in the UK, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Descendants 3 and Phineas and Ferb.”

“The Walt Disney Company remains committed to our kids channels business and continues to execute distribution agreements for Disney channels in many markets where Disney+ is also available, with the goal of giving our fans multiple entry points to our storytelling,” it went on.

Read more: Disney+ UK: Everything coming in July 2020

Disney+ debuted in the US in November last year and became available in the UK in March this year.

The service currently costs £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year.

The Disney Channel was launched in the UK in 1995 and was followed by Disney Junior in 2000. Disney XD arrived in 2010.