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The Sydney Morning Herald

Disney to the rescue

Author: Bruce Elder
Date: 02/06/1996
Words: 232
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: The Guide
Page: 1
OPTUS VISION has suffered acutely from a lack of general interest and general entertainment channels. A solid diet of sport and movies, with one nobbled together "documentary" channel, the Turner package of CNN and TNT, the SkyNews feed and some esoteric exotica, hardly add up to a rich and worthwhile offering. With the advent of the Disney channel, Optus Vision goes some way to broadening its base.

The Disney Channel, which kicks off with the TV premiere of Aladdin at 6.30 pm on Saturday, June 8, is much more than an endless collection of old Disney material. The programming ranges from old TV series such as Zorro and Tarzan through series for tiny tots like Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Babies and Pooh's Corner, to the classic Disney productions including Dumbo and That Darn Cat.

The channel will also run middle-of-the-road music specials on people and groups such as Cliff Richard, the Little River Band, Jason Donovan, Julie Andrews and Wet Wet Wet. There will also be documentaries and a range of entertainment specials on people such as Jack Lemmon, Aretha Franklin and Audrey Hepburn.

It is indicative of the channel's diversity that the schedule for Sunday June 9 includes a profile of Clint Eastwood, movie-length versions of The Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland and episodes of The Muppet Show, Dumbo's Circus and Chip N Dale.

Inevitably, the great Disney characters - Donald Duck and his extended family, Mickey Mouse and his family - will loom large but, in essence, this is the general entertainment channel that Optus Vision has so desperately needed.

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