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

Channel 5 has canceled the evening repeat screening 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 confirmed that Home and Away will only air 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 prefer to watch Home and Away in the evening will still be able to see the first look showing on 5STAR from 6.30 pm. This is a one-episode preview of what will air on Channel 5.

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

A spokeswoman for Channel 5 told Digital Spy: “Channel 5’s news output is becoming an increasingly important component of the offering it produces for viewers as the channel’s audience grows.

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

Home and Away will continue to air on Channel 5 at 1.15 pm on weekdays, and viewers will be able to catch up on My5 and enjoy their first peek on 5STAR at 6.30 pm.”

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

This meant that between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m., Channel 5 broadcast two separate news programs. The 6.30 p.m. news show, on the other hand, will be canceled.

Ofcom noted in a statement released today: “We have approved a proposal by Channel 5 to modify the conditions of its license relating to its news supply following a consultation.

“We reviewed the many points of view expressed by stakeholders and found that the revisions will continue to achieve the Communications Act 2003’s objectives for news and current affairs programming.

“Channel 5 sought the modification so that a new one-hour news show could begin at 5 p.m. The license condition amendment will have no impact on the total amount of news that Channel 5 is required to transmit each year.”

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