My how far we’ve come…
Neighbours is getting a Canadian broadcast on LGBTQ cable channel, OUTtv.
New episodes will air twice-daily on the same date as its Australian broadcast from April 20, with a weekly catch-up every Saturday.
Whilst noting the show’s launch pad for Guy Pearce, Margot Robbie, Jesse Spencer, Natalie Imbruglia and Kylie Minogue, OUTtv acknowledges the show’s diversity amongst its current characters.
Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv said “Neighbours is one of the most popular drama series in the world with compelling storylines and captivating characters. We look forward to bringing the drama of Ramsay Street to OUTtv, in particular LGBTQ characters Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson), David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) and Steph Scully (Carla Bonner), who will be especially relevant to our audience.”
“Our quest for Neighbours is to be a reflection of our community in terms of diversity and acceptance, and focus on what should be our ‘normal’ as we go about our lives,” said Jason Herbison, Executive Producer, Neighbours. “We are absolutely thrilled that viewers in Canada will be able to experience all our characters on OUTtv and I promise, there will never be a dull moment.”
Michela DiMondo, VP Sales & Distribution at FremantleMedia International added: “Neighbours is one of Australia’s most successful television exports, loved by millions around the world because of its warmth and sense of inclusion. We look forward to our partnership with OUTtv in bringing Neighbours into Canada.”
The news comes less than a month after headlines about contract negotiations between Channel 5 and FremantleMedia stalling.