'Eastenders' omnibus move annoys viewers12/04/2012 - 15:03:09
The BBC has moved the 'EastEnders' omnibus from Sunday afternoons to late Friday nights.
Bosses of the corporation have decided to remove the weekly catch-up of the popular soap from its regular slot after 27 years in a bid to free up its schedule.
They want more time for this summer's Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and Euro 2012 and the omnibus will now air on Friday nights on BBC One and run into the early hours.
However, the move has not gone down well with fans, who took to the internet to vent their fury.
On Digital Spy, one viewer blasted: "This is so stupid. The Sunday omnibus is tradition. Who'll watch it at that time?"
Another called The Abott added: "Loyal viewers will stop watching."
The shake-up started last Friday (06.04.12) but was only confirmed as a permanent change on Tuesday (10.04.12).
A spokesman for the show - which stars June Brown and Steve McFadden - said: "Viewers now catch up on 'EastEnders' through digital recorders, our BBC Three repeat or on iPlayer. We've therefore decided to move the omnibus."
The first late-night omnibus last Friday lured 477,000 viewers, compared to 792,000 the previous Sunday.