Independent review for Neighbours racism allegations

The daily serial Neighbours has been at the centre of racist allegations by ex-cast members.

Sky News report that the Reg Watson created programme will see an independent review take place over allegations of racism at the studios of the long-running saga.

The series has been at the centre of accusations by performer Shareena Clanton  – best known for her role in other Fremantle Production Wentworth – when she posted a statement on Instagram alleging she had suffered “multiple racist traumas” during her time working on the “highly problematic” show. She also spoke to a newspaper re-affirming the concerns and noted she had proof of the issues she has highlighted.

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Shareena was backed by actor Meyne Wyatt who played regular Nate Kinski for three years from 2014, who also noted racist and homophobic comments had allegedly been spoken as common practice at the Global TV Studios base of the Fremantle Australia production.

Fremantle is committed to providing an environment where employees and others in the workplace are treated fairly and with respect, and are free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying.

“We do not tolerate behaviour that does not align to our anti-discrimination, equal employment opportunity, harassment and bullying policy and take all complaints very seriously, investigating all allegations fairly and thoroughly.

“We have asked Campfire X, creative leaders in indigenous cultural protocols, to conduct an independent review of Neighbours and the production process.” – Chris Oliver-Taylor, chief executive of Fremantle Asia Pacific, said in a statement

The programme launched in 1985 in Australia when former Crossroads boss Reg Watson decided a serial set around several families on a cul-de-sac could be a ratings hit. The then Grundy Production initially aired on the Seven Network before switching to Network 10.

In the UK Neighbours has aired on BBC One, but has spent the last 13-years on Channel 5.

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7 Replies to “Independent review for Neighbours racism allegations”

  1. REG WATSON would turn in his Grave the CROSSROADS creator worked at ATV for 20 years creating Legendary Entertainment thats still shown today! ATV TEN AUSYRALIA must wake up and stamp out Racism it cant be Tolerated and the Dire soap Wentworth is being axed its not Prisoner Cell Block H also created by Reg Watson this stops now we wont stand for it!

  2. CHANNEL FIVE is owned by ATV TEN AUSTRALIA so its the same company as like ATV here they were founded by Lord Lew Grade!

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