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Home and Away to lose evening slot on Channel 5 in schedule shake-up

Channel 5 has cancelled the evening repeat airing of Home and Away, according to Digital Spy.

The Australian soap is broadcast twice a day on the channel, once at 1.15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

As part of the station’s upcoming evening schedule shake-up, Channel 5 has announced that Home and Away would only run once a day.

Channel 5 has been granted approval by Ofcom to begin broadcasting an hour-long news show every evening at 5 p.m.

This means that Neighbours will air at 6 p.m., replacing Home and Away in the schedule.

Fans who like to watch Home and Away in the evening will still be able to catch the first peek showing on 5STAR from 6.30pm. This is a one-episode preview of what will appear on Channel 5.

The switchover has yet to be given an official date, although it is likely to happen later this autumn.

A spokesman for Channel 5 told Digital Spy: “Channel 5’s news output is becoming an increasingly important element of the offering it offers for viewers as the channel’s viewership grows.

“Home and Away will no longer run weekdays at 6pm on Channel 5 after Ofcom’s approval of Channel 5’s 5pm News Bulletin extension.

“Home and Away will continue to show on Channel 5 at 1.15pm on weekdays, and fans will qualite hair loss avec expedition be able to catch up on My5 and enjoy their first peek on 5STAR at 6.30pm.”

Channel 5 applied to Ofcom for approval to broadcast the longer 5 p.m. news show because it was obligated to broadcast at least one news programme in the mid-evening schedule.

This meant that between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m., Channel 5 broadcast two distinct news broadcasts. The 6.30 p.m. news show, on the other hand, will be cancelled.

Ofcom stated in a statement released today: “We have granted a proposal by Channel 5 to alter the conditions of its licence pertaining to its news offering following a consultation.

“We examined the many points of view expressed by stakeholders and determined that the adjustments will continue to satisfy the Communications Act 2003’s goals for news and current affairs programming.

“Channel 5 sought the adjustment so that a fresh one-hour news programme could begin at 5 p.m. The licence condition adjustment will have no impact on the overall quantity of news that Channel 5 is obligated to transmit each year.”

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