Disney Junior (French Canada)

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For the English-language variant of Disney Junior in Canada, see Disney Junior (English Canada).
Disney Junior
Disney Junior Logo.png
Disney Junior logo
Launched July 5, 2010
Owned by DHX Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Playhouse Disney Télé (2010-2011)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior (English)
Disney XD
Family Channel
Website Disney Junior (French)
Bell TV Channel 189
CCAP Channel 46
Cablevision du Nord Channel 373
Cogeco Quebec Channel 89
Vidéotron Channel 46
Bell Fibe TV Channel 189
Telus Quebec Channel 25

Disney Junior is a Canadian French-language Category B specialty channel owned by DHX Media. It is a commercial-free channel with entertainment and learning-based programming targeted toward preschoolers.[1] Along with its English-language counterpart, it is available in over 4 million Canadian households as of 2013.[2]


The channel was licensed in 2006 as Vrak Junior, a sister channel to Astral's Vrak.TV, though, aimed at younger viewers than Vrak.TV.[3] It was launched on July 5, 2010 as Playhouse Disney Télé. The channel was rebranded as Disney Junior on May 6, 2011, while focusing on the same type of programming, programs for preschoolers.[4]

An English language version of Disney Junior was launched in Canada by Astral on November 30, 2007 (then known as Playhouse Disney Channel) as a multiplex channel of Family. It was rebranded Disney Junior on the same day as the French-language channel.

Logo used as Playhouse Disney Télé

On March 4, 2013, following the Competition Bureau's approval of Bell Media's takeover of Astral, Bell announced that it would put Disney Junior's English and French services, along with four other channels (Family, Disney XD, MusiMax and MusiquePlus) up for sale, in an attempt to relieve CRTC concerns regarding the takeover.[5] On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced it would acquire the four channels for $170 million pending CRTC approval.[6][7] On July 24, 2014, the CRTC approved DHX's ownership of Disney Junior French and it's English counterpart, and it's sister networks Family Channel and Disney XD.[8][9] The deal was closed on July 31, 2014.[10]

On April 16, 2015, it was announced that Corus Entertainment had acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's program library, and that alongside its new Canadian version of Disney Channel, other Disney children's television brands would be eventually transitioned to new, Corus-run properties. In anticipation for this transition, DHX concurrently announced that its Disney-branded networks will be re-branded as spin-offs of Family Channel; Disney Junior in French Canada will be re-branded as Famille Junior in November 2015.[11][12]


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  1. ^ Astral launches French-language Playhouse Disney Channel with Bell TV, CNW, 31 May 2010
  2. ^ "Family Channel | Family Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD Available on Free Preview in March". Newswire.ca. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-98, CRTC, 2006-03-27
  5. ^ BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "DHX Media to buy Family, other children’s channels". Toronto Star. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "DHX to acquire Family Channel, three others from Bell Media". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). November 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "DHX Media receives CRTC approval on $170M acquisition of Family Channel and three other children’s channels". DHX Media. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ Vessing, Etan (July 24, 2014). "DHX Media approved for Family Channel takeover". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "DHX Media closes Family Channel acquisition and announces management changes". Canada Newswire. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ "DHX-Disney Divorce Almost Done". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Corus gains Canadian rights to Disney Channel content". The Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 

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