It is official. According to TV Guide Magazine, SOAPnet will leave cable and satellite systems on March 23 and will be replaced by Disney Junior March 23. As previously reported last year, Mickey Mouse made the decision to axe the soap channel in favor of a 24/7 preschool channel. According to Disney Channels Worldwide president and CEO Gary Marsh:
I guess they haven't talked to soap fans. This news comes during the same week One Life to Live finally takes a bow after being on air for 43 years.This marks the beginning of a sea change in the 'preschool plus' television landscape. The response to our Disney Junior programming block has been extremely positive.