TVNZ will air Australian soap opera Home and Away after MediaWorks announced it had lost the rights to the programme. TV2 will begin airing episodes within the next three months, at a timeslot that is “comfortable” for Home and Away viewers, TVNZ said.

The television series, which has been running since 1987, is set in the fictional town of Summer Bay on the coast of New South Wales. Home and Away is not a new programme to TVNZ, which broadcast the show between 1993 and 2002 after it was dropped by TV3.