Talks between Channel 5 and the show’s producers have stalled, meaning the popular Australian soap may not continue to be aired on British television.
The soap first aired on British TV in 1986, but it could be scrapped if new terms can’t be agreed upon by broadcasters.
The show currently airs on Channel 5, but deal renegotiations with the show’s producers, FremantleMedia, have apparently stalled.
What does this mean?
If a renegotiation can’t be reached, then Neighbours could move to a new channel or, in the worst case scenario, be scrapped from British television entirely.
A source has claimed:
“The renegotiation of the Neighbours Channel 5 deal has become very fraught and is in jeopardy. Channel 5 really want to keep the show. But the failure to reach a deal is being blamed on Channel 5’s new American owners Viacom refusing to sign off on the figures and not understanding the cultural importance of the show in the UK. Neighbours has become a British TV favourite and it would be a sad day if it were to go.”
The show celebrated its 30th birthday in 2015, and is most well known for sending Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and Jason Donovan into the spotlight.