Irish public broadcaster RTE has renewed a deal with distributor Southern Star to retain Home and Away for another five years.
The Seven soap has enjoyed an uninterrupted 20-year run in its weekday schedule. “We were the very first broadcaster in the Northern Hemisphere to show Home and Away and it continues to be our most popular daily show on RTE2,” says RTE’s Dermot Horan.
The deal also includes picking up rights to other Aussie shows including Hi-5 and Packed to the Rafters.
“The sheer range of the Southern Star catalogue, from the best of Australian drama and factual programming to top-end ITV and BBC dramas and excellent natural history and children’s programming, makes it a perfect fit with RTE’s mixed-genre channels,” he said.