Neighbours fans start a petition amid fears soap will be AXED from British TV

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The Australian soap, which first off aired in the UK in 1986, could reportedly be dropped if broadcaster Channel 5 nothings to agree new terms with makers Fremantle Media.

Insiders told The Glass today that negotiation talks have slowed between both sides.

A originator told the newspaper: «The renegotiation of the Neighbours Channel 5 deal has become plumb fraught and is in jeopardy.

«Channel 5 really want to keep the show.

«But the lead balloon to reach a deal is being blamed on Channel 5’s new American owners Viacom refusing to contract b enrol off on the figures and not understanding the cultural importance of the show in the UK.»

In reaction to the news, Neighbours junkies launched a petition on Change.org to urge Channel 5 and Fremantle to come to an understanding.

It says: «Due to issues between production companies, there is a real conceivability that, unless an agreement is reached, Neighbours could be axed from UK TV.

«It is a whopping part of British culture and has a massive UK following!

«We, the fans, are petitioning to Artery 5 and Fremantle Group to keep Neighbours on our screens!!»

At the time of writing, the request has been signed by over 3,000 people and has a target of 5,000.

A representative for Avenue 5 told Express.co.uk when asked for comment: «We don’t comment on commercial contracts.»

Neighbours shows weekdays on Channel 5 at 1.45pm and 5.30pm. 

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