Disney Junior Wiki

Disney Junior was a Canadian French-language Category B specialty channel owned by DHX Media, and now a programming block on Disney La Châine owned by Corus Entertainment. As a channel, it was commercial-free with entertainment and learning-based programming targeted toward preschoolers. It was replaced by Télémagino in September 2015.

The channel was licensed in 2006 as Vrak Junior, a sister channel to Astral's Vrak, though, aimed at younger viewers than Vrak. It was launched on July 5, 2010 as Playhouse Disney Télé. Three years prior, an English language version (then known as Playhouse Disney) was launched on November 30, 2007 as a multiplex channel of Family. The network took on the new Disney Junior brand in 2011.

On March 4, 2013, following the Competition Bureau's approval of Bell Media's takeover of Astral, it was announced that Family Channel and its sister networks (including the two Disney Junior services, and Disney XD) would be divested in an attempt to relieve CRTC concerns regarding the takeover. On November 28, 2013, DHX Media announced it would acquire the four channels for $170 million pending CRTC approval. On July 24, 2014, the CRTC approved DHX's purchase of the networks, and the deal was closed on July 31, 2014.

On April 16, 2015, it was announced that Corus Entertainment had acquired Canadian rights to Disney Channel's program library and would launch a Canadian version of Disney Channel that September, and that its sibling brands of Disney Junior and XD would be re-launched at a later date. In anticipation for this transition, DHX concurrently announced that its Disney-branded networks would be replaced by spin-offs of Family Channel. The replacement of Disney Junior's French feed was tentatively announced as Famille Junior, but was later changed to Télémagino. The new name was officially introduced on September 18, 2015, alongside the launch of the English-language Family Jr..

On November 30, 2015 Disney Junior relaunched as a programming block on Disney La Châine called Disney Junior sur la chaîne Disney, airing French language versions of Disney Junior shows.