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Disney to axe Spanish movie net

A social media campaign is underway on Twitter to save the pay TV channel Disney Cinemagic, which is due to be taken off the air in Spain at the beginning of next year.

The family movie channel will disappear from pay TV operators such as Canal+ and ONO in Spain on January 1 2015, according to local reports.

This comes after the Mouse House closed down the Disney Cinemagic feed in the UK last year, although the channel is still currently available elsewhere in Europe including in Germany and France.

The channel airs contemporary and classic Disney films, including Frozen and The Jungle Book, alongside series such as Sandra the Fairytale Detective and has been on air in Spain for almost a decade.

Disney currently operates two other channels on pay TV in the territory: Disney XD and Disney Junior, while Disney Channel is available on digital terrestrial television.

Some viewers in Spain who are unhappy about Disney’s decision to close the channel have begun a campaign to save it using the hashtag #SalvarDisneyCinemagic to raise awareness on Twitter.

A Disney spokesman in the UK told C21: “Disney will reduce its pay TV offer in Spain from December, 31. However, Disney Junior and Disney XD will air some of the movies which used to be broadcast on Disney Cinemagic.”

Last year, Turner Broadcasting closed down its pay TV channels Cartoon Network and Cartoonito in Spain, shifting programming such as Adventure Time and Ben 10 onto another of its channels, Boing.

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