London – FremantleMedia International (FMI) announced on June 12 a multi-year deal with VRT that will see the Belgian public television network retain the broadcast rights to the daily Australian soap opera, Neighbours. The series, which has been at home on VRT since 1989, has become the longest running soap in Flanders, celebrating its 25th broadcast anniversary on the channel this year.

From left: Sven Van Lokeren, Head of Acquisition, Fiction at
VRT, Justin Hatfield SVP Sales Eire, Benelux & Scandinavia at 
FremantleMedia International and Reinhilde Weyns, Head of 
Acquisitions at VRT