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Home and Away bosses hint soap could be next to face the chop after Neighbours


Following the cancellation of Neighbours, Channel 5 executives have suggested that Home and Away, another Australian serial, may be moving.

The programme has been broadcast on the station since 2000 and stars seasoned actor Ray Meagher as Alf Stewart.

Currently, it airs on Channel 5 throughout the workday at 1:15 PM, with a rerun at 6 PM on its sister station, 5Star.

All of that might change, though, since a “first look” programme of the action from the following day airs right away at 6.30 p.m.


When asked if Home and Away was “under jeopardy” after Neighbors was cancelled, Channel 5 president Ben Frow responded, “No. However, I think it will be intriguing to observe how we use it as we advance.

There may be another location for it in the spectrum of values for five.

According to his remarks, the soap opera, which has been broadcast on UK since its debut in 1989, might be transferred permanently to one of the station’s sibling stations.

There are no firm plans, a source added. Ben was merely stating that it would be something to take into consideration if the show seemed to suit better somewhere else where it would draw a larger audience.


He emphasised, however, that Home and Away would not be cancelled due to a special “lifelong” agreement to broadcast all the events in Summer Bay.

It won’t end until the producers decide to cancel it, he continued.

Neighbours, another Australian soap opera, has been cancelled as a result of Channel 5 ceasing to support it.

The soap opera will come to an end on July 29 after 37 years because no other financial supporter could be located.


Frow clarified that he wants to use the money they would have used for Neighbours for other endeavours instead.

“I could spend the money on other things, so that’s what I did,” he continued. The money from Neighbours would be better spent on UK programming.

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