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UK fans petition as talks stall on Neighbours fee

According to UK reports, negotiation talks on Neighbours have stalled between Channel 5 and FremantleMedia.

While Channel 5 is keen to retain the series, the problem lays with its parent US company Viacom looking at the costs whilst failing to recognise the sentiment associated with the show in the UK.

Neighbours was screened by the BBC and saw around 21 million viewers tuning in at its peak in 1990. It switched to Channel 5 nine years ago where it still airs twice daily.

If a license deal attracts a lower rate, and that may be a best case scenario, it isn’t clear how it would impact on cast size and production.

If Channel 5 drops the show it would need to find a new home in order to survive.

TEN lowered its Australian licence fee for the show when it moved to ELEVEN. It’s rating around 200,000 in Overnight numbers in Australia, not enough to justify its considerable size and costs. But the UK’s love for the show, where generations have grown up watching the show, has kept it ticking over.

Ironically, this week the show features London-filmed storylines surrounding Toadie (Ryan Moloney) and Dee (Madeleine West).

UK fans are swinging into action with an online petition already attracting over 6,400 signatures.

FremantleMedia declined to comment.

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