Petition begging Channel 5 to save Neighbours from cancellation reaches over 50,000 signatures

Virgin Radio

15 Feb 2022, 15:07

Credit: Fremantle Australia / Channel 5

Credit: Fremantle Australia / Channel 5

Neighbours fans are not letting the beloved Aussie soap go without a fight. 

An online petition, called Channel 5 - Don’t Axe Neighbours, has now reached a staggering 50,000, and it’s still climbing. 

At the time of writing (Tuesday 15th February), the petition had reached over 54,000, and if it reaches 75,000, it will become one of top signed petitions on

It all comes after UK based broadcaster Channel 5 decided to it would no longer continue funding the series and instead shift to homegrown drama, meaning the soap doesn’t currently have a home, and is on indefinite hiatus.

Despite the huge swell in support, calls for the Australian government to intervene and an uproar on social media, the Fremantle team are still struggling to keep the show on the air. 

Executive producer Jason Herbison told The Daily Mail Australia: “Our audience remains steady and Channel 10 would love the show to continue if we could find another broadcast partner to replace (Channel 5).

“These discussions are ongoing, however, there is no new broadcaster at the moment and production must end, effectively resting the show.”

The mission statement on the petition reads: “Neighbours is more than just a TV show - it is a source of comfort and entertainment for generations of fans who have watched it for decades - it is one of the most loved TV shows in the UK and brings lots of viewers from all backgrounds to Channel 5's catalogue of channels. 

“Even Adele is a fan. Channel 5 - we plead with you - please find a way to keep Neighbours on air.”

It comes after former Neighbours star Rob Mills called on the Australian government to stand up to help the series continue. 

Since Channel 5 gave the show the chop, it’s now paused indefinitely while it searches for a new broadcaster, but another lifeline comes from the government-funded Film Victoria initiative, which helped the show secure its last five-year contract in the UK.

Rob, who played Finn Kelly from 2017 until 2021, shared an old 2019 promo for the beloved soap, and said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.

In the lengthy caption, he wrote: “It’s an institution. A living, breathing, creative machine that has employed 1000’s of people over the 37 plus years it’s been bringing Australian stories to life. 

“It gave a job and training to so many actors, directors, writers, costume designers, wardrobe hands, hair and makeup artists, set designers, casting agents, agents, soundies, camera operators, and assistants, caterers, cleaners, security guards, admin staff, publicists, social media teams, producers the list goes on… let’s not forget the Editors!”

On what those in power could do, Rob continued: “I can’t help but think if this were mining or aviation, the government would step in and help.

“If they are all about Jobs Jobs Jobs like they say they are… well, this show employs hundreds if not 1000s of Aussies every single year.” he added, before tagging in Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison.