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Neighbours is AXED after 37 years, Australian TV bosses confirm

Neighbours, an Australian soap opera, is slated to stop after 37 years because its producers were unable to find a new broadcaster.

The long-running show, which launched the careers of Margot Robbie, Jason Donovan, and Kylie Minogue, has been in danger for some time now, with Channel 5 announcing last month that it will be cancelled.

“We are so sorry to hear that after over 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast, we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in the summer,” the show’s official Twitter account wrote this morning.

“Following the loss of our important broadcast partner in the UK, and despite a thorough search for alternative funding, we simply have no choice but to put the show on hold,” they continued.

“We know this is a big disappointment to our amazing, dedicated fans, as it is to all of us on the team.

We appreciate all of your messages and support, and we pledge to end the programme on a positive note.

We’ll be commemorating Neighbours from now on.”

Since 2011, the opera has been broadcast on Australia’s digital channel 10 Peach, and it has been funded by UK Channel 5.

Neighbours aired on BBC One until 2008, when it was moved to Channel 5.

The daily drama, which followed the lives of people of Ramsay Street, was a tremendous hit with Irish viewers.

It is Australia’s longest-running drama series, and it has included a number of British guest stars, including Amanda Holden, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ryan Thomas, and Janet Street-Porter, in recent years.

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