Channel 5 has moved to axe Home and Away’s traditional 6pm airing, it has emerged.
The Aussie soap previously aired twice a day on the channel, firstly at 1:15pm with a repeat at 6pm.
But now an hour-long news bulletin will air at 5pm, pushing Neighbours to 6pm.
In a press release, Ofcom explained: “Following a consultation, we have approved a request from Channel 5 to change the conditions of its licence relating to its news provision.
“We have considered the range of views submitted by stakeholders and concluded that the changes will continue to meet the objectives for news and current affairs programming requirements set out in the Communications Act 2003.
“Channel 5 requested this change in order to introduce a new one-hour-long news broadcast from 5pm. The change to the licence condition will not affect the total amount of news that Channel 5 is required to broadcast each year.”
A statement from Channel 5 reads: “As Channel 5 continues to attract larger audiences, its news output is an ever more crucial part of the offering it creates for viewers.
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“Following Ofcom’s approval of Channel 5’s 5pm News Bulletin expansion, Neighbours will find a new home on Channel 5 in the evenings at 6pm.
“The weekday 1:45pm showing remains unchanged, so viewers will still be able to watch their favourite Neighbours twice a day and catch up on My5.”
“Home and Away will no longer air weekdays at 6pm on Channel 5.
“Home and Away will continue to air weekdays at 1:15pm on Channel 5, and viewers will also still be able to watch their first look on 5STAR at 6:30pm and catch up on My5.”
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