Home and Away axed from Channel 5 evening slot in schedule shake-up

Home and Away has lost its evening slot on Channel 5.

The Aussie soap previously aired twice a day on the channel, firstly at 1:15pm with a repeat at 6pm.

However, in a schedule shake-up of some of the network’s most-loved shows, the long-running soap will only air once a day.

The news, confirmed by Channel 5, comes as Ofcom has given them permission to broadcast an hour-long news show at 5pm every evening, scrapping the original 6:30pm news show.

Fellow Aussie soap Neighbours will move to 6pm, stealing Home and Away’s original evening slot.

But fans needn’t worry as the afternoon screening will not be affected and Neighbours will continue to air at 1:45pm.

Devout fans of the characters of Summer Bay can still tune in for the first look screening at 6.30pm on 5Star, which is one episode ahead of the Channel 5 showings.

It is not yet known when the new schedule will be implemented, but changes are thought to arrive later this autumn, meaning the evening schedule will soon look like this:

5pm–6pm – Channel 5 News

6pm – Neighbours

6:30pm – Eggheads

A Channel 5 spokesperson said: ‘As Channel 5 continues to attract larger audiences, its news output is an ever more crucial part of the offering it creates for viewers.

‘Following Ofcom’s approval of Channel 5’s 5pm News Bulletin expansion, Home and Away will no longer air weekdays at 6pm on Channel 5.’

They confirmed viewers will still be able to catch up on My5.

For most of its history, Home and Away has had two showings per day on terrestrial television, scoring the 12:30pm and 6pm slots when it moved to Channel 5 in 2001. 

Its evening slot was put on hold last year when the pandemic hit, but it returned to two episodes daily shortly after.

Home and Away currently airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5. Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.

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