The BBC is threatening to withdraw from negotiations to renew the contract for Australian soap Neighbours, as the fee is reportedly rising from £25,000 per episode to £75,000.
I've always been a fan of Neighbours - a daytime soap that is well-written and well acted and actually has some wit - but its loss will free up a slot in the schedules. Might the BBC commission something homegrown to replace it?
The most recent attempts to launch new daytime soaps have not been very successful. In 2003 ITV dropped the relaunched Crossroads and the more innovative Night And Day after just two years.
Doctors has been a success for the BBC at lunchtime, so what would be the key to a successful teatime soap?