Neighbours to move UK timeslots?
One of two UK timeslots may be taken over by British news. And COVID may be to blame.
There are reports the UK may look at moving one of Neighbours‘ timeslots.
The long-running soap airs first at 1.45pm and is repeated at 5.30pm on Channel 5 and continues to draw a total crowd of around 1 million viewers. For many Brits it remains an institution.
But Digital Spy reports Channel 5 recently submitted a proposal to broadcasting regulator Ofcom for an expanded hour-long news show starting at 5pm which would clash with Neighbours.
Channel 5 said in a statement: “5 News has a loyal audience base and this proposal is motivated by the desire to continue to offer accurate and impartial news in a format that is accessible and relevant to our viewers.
“During the pandemic, news has played a vital service for audiences and as viewing habits evolve 5 News is keen to appeal to our viewers through a new offer that we believe also has benefits for the wider public-service broadcasting system.”
Sounds like a done deal…
It added, “Neighbours is at the heart of our daytime schedule and if the proposal to move 5 News is approved, the evening repeat of Neighbours will find a home in another suitable time slot on Channel 5.”
It would be ironic if the pandemic killed off one of its two slots, given the show was one of the first in the world to map out a production pathway.