‘Hollyoaks’ dropped from Channel 4 to become “digital-first soap”

Azha Khan



‘Hollyoaks’ will no longer air on Channel 4, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Channel 4 has announced the show will become the UK’s first completely digital-first soap as episodes will become available to stream the day before they are broadcast on E4.

For the first time, new episodes will also be available to watch on YouTube the week after streaming and broadcast on E4.

It’s not a complete removal of ‘Hollyoaks’ on Channel 4, as the weekly omnibus will still air on a Sunday.

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Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer, Ian Katz said: “Hollyoaks has always been the youngest and most innovative soap so it’s fitting that it should be the first to embrace the changes in the behaviour of younger viewers and switch to a genuinely digital-led release pattern. It was the first UK soap to move to a stream-first model last year and this is the next phase of that evolution. We hope making Hollyoaks available on YouTube, as well as our own platforms, will introduce a whole new generation to the show.”

The new schedule pattern launches on Monday 25th September.