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EastEnders in schedule shake-up as BBC soap scraps Friday episode

EASTENDERS is set to undergo a major scheduling overhaul, with the BBC soap receiving its own permanent slot to compete with ITV’s Emmerdale.

EastEnders, the BBC’s iconic soap, is set to get its own permanent slot for the first time in 37 years, with every episode airing at 7.30pm on four consecutive weeknights. The move comes after BBC executives revealed that they are no longer concerned about the soaps clashing because fans can catch up on episodes on iPlayer and the BBC Three omnibus on weekends.

EastEnders has been on the air for three decades, with new episodes airing on BBC One on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.

The show will now air alongside rival Emmerdale on ITV, following a major scheduling change.

The changes will take effect next month, following ITV’s announcement that Coronation Street will be broadcast three times a week in an hour-long format.

Emmerdale will continue to air at 7.30 p.m. throughout the week, leaving fans to decide which show they want to watch first.

According to The Mirror, a BBC source said: “When ITV made their announcement, the executives decided to change the schedule.

“If there was ever a clash between the soaps in the past, the audience was the loser, but viewers now consume television in a different way.

“It’s no longer about overnight ratings because they don’t accurately reflect who is watching.”

“You only have to look at the numbers watching EastEnders on iPlayer, the figures are pretty incredible.”

“We’re delighted that, from 7 March, new regular time slots for EastEnders on BBC1 and Doctors on BBC2 will be available,” Kate Oates, BBC Studios’ continuing drama chief, told the Mirror.

“A 7pm time slot introduces a whole new audience to the drama in Leatherbridge, while EastEnders’ new 7.30pm slot kicks off with a hugely exciting week, as serial killer Gray Atkins is finally exposed.”

From March, Coronation Street will be broadcast in three hour-long episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 to 9 p.m.

Emmerdale has been moved to a later time slot from Monday to Friday, airing at 7.30pm with a double-length episode on Thursday.

ITV’s schedule changes were announced last month, with Kevin Lygo, the network’s chief executive, explaining: “We all know that, like all dramas, viewers are increasingly watching them whenever and wherever they want.

“With the new schedule, viewers will be able to watch them live on TV in one sitting for a continuous soap fix, as well as on ITV Hub, where they are regularly featured in the most-watched shows each month.”

The change to ITV’s schedule comes after the ITV News at Six was given a longer slot each night.

Mary Nightingale will host the new hour-long program, which will replace the current 30-minute program and air between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

While ITV and BBC executives were pleased with the changes, some fans do not believe it was a good idea.

@KWMadhead94, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts, said: “Why does it have to compete with Emmerdale? The BBC made a blunder.”

Jadie Leigh Hollings had this to say about it: “This is a disaster! Due to the conflict with Emmerdale, the show will undoubtedly lose more viewers. It’s a suicide attempt.”

@Lad45Mark agreed: “Massive mistake on the BBC’s part here!” (sic)

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EASTENDERS is set to undergo a major scheduling overhaul, with the BBC soap receiving its own permanent slot to compete with ITV’s Emmerdale.

EastEnders, the BBC’s iconic soap, is set to get its own permanent slot for the first time in 37 years, with every episode airing at 7.30pm on four consecutive weeknights. The move comes after BBC executives revealed that they are no longer concerned about the soaps clashing because fans can catch up on episodes on iPlayer and the BBC Three omnibus on weekends.

EastEnders has been on the air for three decades, with new episodes airing on BBC One on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.

The show will now air alongside rival Emmerdale on ITV, following a major scheduling change.

The changes will take effect next month, following ITV’s announcement that Coronation Street will be broadcast three times a week in an hour-long format.

Emmerdale will continue to air at 7.30 p.m. throughout the week, leaving fans to decide which show they want to watch first.

According to The Mirror, a BBC source said: “When ITV made their announcement, the executives decided to change the schedule.

“If there was ever a clash between the soaps in the past, the audience was the loser, but viewers now consume television in a different way.

“It’s no longer about overnight ratings because they don’t accurately reflect who is watching.”

“You only have to look at the numbers watching EastEnders on iPlayer, the figures are pretty incredible.”

“We’re delighted that, from 7 March, new regular time slots for EastEnders on BBC1 and Doctors on BBC2 will be available,” Kate Oates, BBC Studios’ continuing drama chief, told the Mirror.

“A 7pm time slot introduces a whole new audience to the drama in Leatherbridge, while EastEnders’ new 7.30pm slot kicks off with a hugely exciting week, as serial killer Gray Atkins is finally exposed.”

From March, Coronation Street will be broadcast in three hour-long episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 to 9 p.m.

Emmerdale has been moved to a later time slot from Monday to Friday, airing at 7.30pm with a double-length episode on Thursday.

ITV’s schedule changes were announced last month, with Kevin Lygo, the network’s chief executive, explaining: “We all know that, like all dramas, viewers are increasingly watching them whenever and wherever they want.

“With the new schedule, viewers will be able to watch them live on TV in one sitting for a continuous soap fix, as well as on ITV Hub, where they are regularly featured in the most-watched shows each month.”

The change to ITV’s schedule comes after the ITV News at Six was given a longer slot each night.

Mary Nightingale will host the new hour-long program, which will replace the current 30-minute program and air between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

While ITV and BBC executives were pleased with the changes, some fans do not believe it was a good idea.

@KWMadhead94, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts, said: “Why does it have to compete with Emmerdale? The BBC made a blunder.”

Jadie Leigh Hollings had this to say about it: “This is a disaster! Due to the conflict with Emmerdale, the show will undoubtedly lose more viewers. It’s a suicide attempt.”

@Lad45Mark agreed: “Massive mistake on the BBC’s part here!” (sic)

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EASTENDERS is set to undergo a major scheduling overhaul, with the BBC soap receiving its own permanent slot to compete with ITV’s Emmerdale.

EastEnders, the BBC’s iconic soap, is set to get its own permanent slot for the first time in 37 years, with every episode airing at 7.30pm on four consecutive weeknights. The move comes after BBC executives revealed that they are no longer concerned about the soaps clashing because fans can catch up on episodes on iPlayer and the BBC Three omnibus on weekends.

EastEnders has been on the air for three decades, with new episodes airing on BBC One on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.

The show will now air alongside rival Emmerdale on ITV, following a major scheduling change.

The changes will take effect next month, following ITV’s announcement that Coronation Street will be broadcast three times a week in an hour-long format.

Emmerdale will continue to air at 7.30 p.m. throughout the week, leaving fans to decide which show they want to watch first.

According to The Mirror, a BBC source said: “When ITV made their announcement, the executives decided to change the schedule.

“If there was ever a clash between the soaps in the past, the audience was the loser, but viewers now consume television in a different way.

“It’s no longer about overnight ratings because they don’t accurately reflect who is watching.”

“You only have to look at the numbers watching EastEnders on iPlayer, the figures are pretty incredible.”

“We’re delighted that, from 7 March, new regular time slots for EastEnders on BBC1 and Doctors on BBC2 will be available,” Kate Oates, BBC Studios’ continuing drama chief, told the Mirror.

“A 7pm time slot introduces a whole new audience to the drama in Leatherbridge, while EastEnders’ new 7.30pm slot kicks off with a hugely exciting week, as serial killer Gray Atkins is finally exposed.”

From March, Coronation Street will be broadcast in three hour-long episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 to 9 p.m.

Emmerdale has been moved to a later time slot from Monday to Friday, airing at 7.30pm with a double-length episode on Thursday.

ITV’s schedule changes were announced last month, with Kevin Lygo, the network’s chief executive, explaining: “We all know that, like all dramas, viewers are increasingly watching them whenever and wherever they want.

“With the new schedule, viewers will be able to watch them live on TV in one sitting for a continuous soap fix, as well as on ITV Hub, where they are regularly featured in the most-watched shows each month.”

The change to ITV’s schedule comes after the ITV News at Six was given a longer slot each night.

Mary Nightingale will host the new hour-long program, which will replace the current 30-minute program and air between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

While ITV and BBC executives were pleased with the changes, some fans do not believe it was a good idea.

@KWMadhead94, who took to Twitter to express their thoughts, said: “Why does it have to compete with Emmerdale? The BBC made a blunder.”

Jadie Leigh Hollings had this to say about it: “This is a disaster! Due to the conflict with Emmerdale, the show will undoubtedly lose more viewers. It’s a suicide attempt.”

@Lad45Mark agreed: “Massive mistake on the BBC’s part here!” (sic)

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