Well, this isn’t good news at all. There’s a new report that says the Australian soap Neighbours will have to look for a new home in the UK as it will soon be axed by Channel 5 despite the fact that it has been broadcast by the network for nearly four decades. Here’s what you need to know.
The classic Australian soap opera, which started in 1985, looks to be in peril after Channel 5 announced it would no longer air the program. Following speculation in The Sun over the weekend, Channel 5 confirmed that the show will no longer air on the station “beyond this summer.” As many fans probably already know, Neighbours has launched the careers of stars including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, and Margot Robbie.
Australian Soap ‘Neighbours’ To No Longer Be Aired In The UK After Nearly 4 Decades!
A spokesperson for the channel said: “Neighbours will no longer air on Channel 5 beyond this summer. It’s been a much-loved part of our schedule for more than a decade, and we’d like to thank the cast, Fremantle, and all of the production team for their fantastic work on this iconic series. We’d also of course like to thank the fans for their loyal support of Neighbours across the years.”
The statement also said, “We recognize that there will be disappointed about this decision, however, our current focus is on increasing our investment in original UK drama, which has strong appeal for our viewers.” Channel 5 said dropping the soap will allow funding to be diverted to original UK dramas.
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