Disney has announced that Radio Disney will officially cease operations in the first quarter of 2021. This move comes amid ongoing restructuring, and an increased focus on the company’s streaming service, Disney+.
According to the New York Times, this decision will result in the termination of 36 full-time and part-time employees. The completely digital Radio Disney Country stations will also be shutting down as a part of this move as well.
The Disney station originally made its debut back in 1996. It has primarily served as a pop music station for preteens and teenagers, often playing music from Disney Channel original shows and movies. The station also helped launch the music careers for many Disney Channel stars like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers.
Disney cited the ongoing health crisis and the ever-evolving media landscape as two major reasons for the decision. This move does not affect Radio Disney Latin America, as that is a separate operation.
For more information about Disney’s ongoing restructuring, visit TheWaltDisneyCompany.com.