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'Neighbours' producer insists soap will reach 30th anniversary

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Neighbours' producer has insisted that the soap will survive, despite falling ratings in Australia.

Concerns have been raised over the future of Australia's longest-running soap since its move from Channel Ten to digital station Channel Eleven led to a drop in ratings, with recent episodes pulling in around 250,000 viewers.

Neighbours executive producer Richard Jasek

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Richard Jasek

Susan is disgusted that Karl is jealous of a dying man

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Favourites Karl and Susan



However, executive producer Richard Jasek stated that there is more to the soap's success than ratings alone.

"Neighbours is more than a numbers game. The fact it has survived as long as it has with numbers that aren't as big as they were once, shows its appeal in other ways," he said.

"If Channel Seven had Neighbours and it was rating 300,000 they wouldn't keep it on."

Jasek also stated that the soap has been aired in more than 65 countries.

"The show has a financial logic to it because it has strong overseas sales as well." he added.

"The ratings in Australia aren't the only story as we sell very well overseas. Putting together all of that, the show has a huge viewership around the world.

"We just had a sale to Denmark so it is going to rolling out in Scandinavia now."

Sachin Joab and Stefan Dennis in Neighbours

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Sachin Joab and Stefan Dennis as Ajay Kapoor and Paul Robinson in Neighbours



Jasek also confirmed that Neighbours will be around for at least another two years to mark its 30th anniversary.

"We generally hooked up for a good year in advance," he said.

"We are definitely going to be here in two years' time and we are going to be doing some very special things for our 30th."

Neighbours producers have recently revealed new sets for the Australian soap which are part of an AU$1 million (£682,931) revamp on the show. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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