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BBC threatens to drop Neighbours

 

Long-running Australian soap Neighbours could be dropped by the BBC following protracted negotiations over broadcasting rights.

 

The BBC said that if agreement was not reached in the "very, very near future" the money would be allocated elsewhere.

 

It has refused to reveal how much it is offering for the drama, which has been screened twice a day since 1986.

 

ITV and Five have been connected with bids for the show. Its distributor, Fremantle Media, declined to comment.

 

The BBC's director of acquisitions, George McGhee, told Broadcast magazine: "If a deal is not reached in the very, very near future, we will withdraw the money and move it elsewhere.

 

"We've made a good offer which is about to be withdrawn."

 

A BBC spokesman added: "We hope that Neighbours will remain on the BBC but no programme is indispensable and it has to come at the right price."

 

A spokesman for Fremantle said negotiations over a new contract were ongoing.

 

Neighbours is the second most popular programme on terrestrial daytime television after the BBC One lunchtime news.

 

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Seriously, BBC without Neighbours would be completely rubbish.

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Michale Grade will have that snapped up in seconds (edit: for ITV1), perfect thing to fill that void in the schedule between the kids programme and the news, so not really the worst news ever.

 

What's so funny about "Broadcast" magazine, SSH? :rolleyes:

Edited by GeordieMessiah

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I'd rather watch dog shit slowly turning white than watch "Neighbours" :)

Actually you've inspired me for a new thread..... :rolleyes:

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I'd rather watch dog shit slowly turning white than watch "Neighbours" :razz:

Actually you've inspired me for a new thread..... :rolleyes:

 

more :) ....yey ...

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Is it really zany and studenty to pretend that you're bothered about Neighbours being taken off air? :lol:

 

There's nothing zany or studenty about me. This is a genuine call for distress, just ignore Patrokles' thread.

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