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This article is about the UK commercial television broadcaster. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_0

For other channels of the same and similar name, see Channel 5 (disambiguation). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_1

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CountryChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_0_0 United KingdomChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_0_1
NetworkChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_1_0 Channel 5Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_1_1
ProgrammingChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_2_0
Language(s)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_3_0 EnglishChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_3_1
Picture formatChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_4_0 1080i HDTV

(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_4_1

Timeshift serviceChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_5_0 Channel 5 +1Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_5_1
OwnershipChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_6_0
OwnerChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_7_0 Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd

ViacomCBS Networks UK & AustraliaChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_7_1

Sister channelsChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_8_0 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_8_1
HistoryChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_9_0
LaunchedChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_10_0 30 March 1997; 23 years ago (1997-03-30)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_10_1
Former namesChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_11_0 Five (2002–2011)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_11_1
LinksChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_12_0
WebsiteChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_13_0 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_13_1
AvailabilityChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_14_0
TerrestrialChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_15_0
FreeviewChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_16_0 Channel 5 (SD)

Channel 45 (+1) Channel 105 (HD)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_16_1

CableChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_17_0
Virgin MediaChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_18_0 Channel 105 (HD)

Channel 154 (SD) Channel 155 (+1)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_18_1

UPC SwitzerlandChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_19_0 Channel 215 (SD)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_19_1
CitycableChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_20_0 Channel 417 (SD)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_20_1
SatelliteChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_21_0
FreesatChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_22_0 Channel 105 (HD)

Channel 128 (+1)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_22_1


(UK)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_23_0

Channel 105 (HD)

Channel 205 (+1) Channel 805 (SD)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_23_1

Astra 2GChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_24_0 10964 H 22000 5/6

10964 H 22000 5/6 (+1) 10964 H 22000 5/6 (HD)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_24_1

TéléSATChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_25_0 Channel 806 (HD)
Channel 833 (+1)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_25_1
IPTVChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_26_0
FL1 (Liechtenstein)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_27_0 Channel 120Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_27_1
Streaming mediaChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_28_0
TVPlayerChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_29_0 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_29_1
Sky GoChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_30_0 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_30_1
Virgin TV GoChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_31_0 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_31_1
Pluto TVChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_0_32_0 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_0_32_1

Channel 5 is a British free-to-air television network launched in 1997. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_2

It is the fifth national terrestrial channel in the United Kingdom and is owned by Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd, which is operated by ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_3

The station was branded as Five between 2002 and 2011, when it was owned by the RTL Group. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_4

Richard Desmond purchased the station from RTL on 23 July 2010, announcing plans to invest more money in programming and return to the name Channel 5 with immediate effect, and it was relaunched on 14 February 2011. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_5

On 1 May 2014 the channel was acquired by Viacom (now ViacomCBS) for £450 million (US$759 million). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_6

Channel 5 is a general entertainment channel that shows both internally commissioned programmes such as Fifth Gear, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, The Gadget Show, The Hotel Inspector, Can't Pay? Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_7 We'll Take It Away! Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_8

and Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun and foreign programmes. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_9

The station has been very successful with imports from the United States in particular, including the CSI franchise, the NCIS franchise, the first three series in the Law & Order franchise, Power Rangers, The Mentalist, Body of Proof, Once Upon A Time, Dallas, Under the Dome and sitcom Friends (also on Comedy Central UK). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_10

History Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_0

Further information: Timeline of Channel 5 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_11

Pre-launch Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_1

Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited was licensed by the UK's then independent statutory regulator the Independent Television Commission (ITC) in 1995 after a bidding process that started in 1993 and lasted throughout 1994. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_12

The initial round of bidders, which included a network of city-TV stations planned by Thames Television and the Italian politician and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi (who founded Mediaset, which owns Canale 5 and formerly owned La Cinq, which ceased operations in 1992; he retired his offer a few months later), was rejected outright and the ITC contemplated not awarding the licence at all. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_13

The difficulty with the project lay in use of television broadcast frequencies that had been allocated to RF outputs from domestic videocassette recorders. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_14

To achieve national coverage, large numbers of domestic video recorders (which output at a nearby frequency) had to be retuned or fitted with a filter, at the bidding company's expense. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_15

The project was revived in mid-1994 when the ITC re-advertised the franchise. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_16

Tom McGrath, then-president of Time Warner International Broadcasting, put together a revised frequency plan with NTL and consulting engineer Ellis Griffiths, involving less retuning and greater signal coverage. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_17

Lord Hollick, then chief executive of Meridian Broadcasting (later United News & Media, and UBM) took up the project as lead investor as UK law prohibited Time Warner from owning more than 25%. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_18

Pearson Television, who by now owned original licence bidders Thames Television, also came on board. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_19

When McGrath left to become President of Paramount, Time Warner dropped out of the project and was replaced by CLT (known in the UK for Radio Luxembourg). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_20

Other bidders for the licence included UKTV (led by Canwest and Select TV, who bid £36m for the licence), New Century Television (owned by BSkyB and Granada, who bid £2m), Virgin TV (backed by Virgin Communications) and Associated Newspapers (who bid £22m, the same as Channel 5 Broadcasting who won the licence). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_21

Wolf Olins and Saatchi & Saatchi were the main companies behind the pre-launch advertising campaign: "Give Me 5". Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_22

The channel would be both modern and mainstream. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_23

A logo (a numeric "5" within a circle) and visual motif (a "candy stripe" bar of colours, reminiscent of TV test cards) were used, and an attempt was made to establish a collection of Channel 5 faces; through the spring of 1997, billboards of Jack Docherty were displayed, along with other unknown characters. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_24

A series of pre-launch screens were displayed on the frequencies Channel 5 would begin broadcasting on in the months before launch as well, including a trailer for the channel and information screens. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_25

After re-tuning, around 65% of the population's televisions could view the channel on launch night. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_26

The launch Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_2

The channel's launch on Easter Sunday (30 March) 1997 at 6 pm featured the Spice Girls singing a re-written version of Manfred Mann's hit "5-4-3-2-1" as "1-2-3-4-5". Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_27

Presenters Tim Vine and Julia Bradbury introduced the nation to the UK's fifth (sixth including S4C) terrestrial channel with half-an-hour of previews. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_28

The rest of the Channel 5 launch night schedule, along with the official viewing figures, was as follows: Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_29

Channel 5 (British TV channel)_table_general_1

TimeChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_1_0_0 ShowChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_1_0_1 Viewers (in millions)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_1_0_2
6 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_1_0 This is 5!Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_1_1 2.49Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_1_2
6.30 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_2_0 Family AffairsChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_2_1 1.70Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_2_2
7 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_3_0 Two Little BoysChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_3_1 0.68Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_3_2
8 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_4_0 Hospital!Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_4_1 1.12Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_4_2
9 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_5_0 Beyond FearChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_5_1 1.70Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_5_2
10:30 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_6_0 The Jack Docherty ShowChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_6_1 1.16Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_6_2
11:10 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_7_0 The Comedy Store SpecialChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_7_1 0.73Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_7_2
11:40 pmChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_8_0 TurnstyleChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_8_1 0.49Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_8_2
12:10 amChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_9_0 Live and DangerousChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_9_1 0.08Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_9_2
5:30 amChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_10_0 This is 5!Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_10_1 0.03Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_1_10_2

Overall, an estimated 2,490,000 tuned in to see Britain's fifth free channel launch, a figure higher than that achieved by launch of Channel 4, fourteen and a half years earlier. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_30

Re-brand as Five (2002) Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_3

On 16 September 2002, Channel 5 re-branded to Five, in a multimillion-pound project directed by Trevor Beattie. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_31

The channel's director of marketing at the time, David Pullen, said: Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_32

On 27 February 2004, it was reported that Five and Channel 4 were discussing a possible merger. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_33

Channel 4 and Five announced in November of that year that merger plans were being called off. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_34

Early in 2009, rumours started re-surfacing about Five, Channel 4 and ITV conducting a three-way merger. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_35

Pearson Television and CLT later merged, becoming RTL Group who became part of Bertelsmann and, control the channel, after buying UBM's 35.4% stake for £247.6 million on 20 July 2005. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_36

The acquisition was approved on 26 August 2005. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_37

After Holleck became involved, he and McGrath brought on board Greg Dyke (later Director-General of the BBC) as interim CEO during the application and launch phase of the project. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_38

On 18 November 2005, it was announced that Five had bought a stake in DTT's pay-TV operator, Top Up TV. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_39

It was said that the investment may lead to the development of new free and pay services on DTT, and other platforms. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_40

Following this, Five launched two new digital TV channels in autumn 2006 on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media: Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_41

Channel 5 (British TV channel)_unordered_list_0

  • 5 STAR launched as Five Life on 15 October 2006, providing dramas, films, soap operas and popular factual and lifestyle shows. The channel previously aired pre-school shows under the Milkshake! banner. It was renamed Fiver in 2008, 5* in 2011 and eventually its current name in 2016.Channel 5 (British TV channel)_item_0_0
  • 5 USA launched as Five US on 16 October 2006, offering drama, films, sport, comedy and youth programming from the USA. It was renamed Five USA in 2009 and 5 USA in 2011.Channel 5 (British TV channel)_item_0_1

Desmond takeover (2011) Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_4

Five was taken over by Richard Desmond's publishing group Northern & Shell on 23 July 2010 for £103.5 million. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_42

Desmond pledged to top up the broadcaster's total budget to about £1.5bn over the next five years, including new investment of £50m to £100m a year to boost programming and the equivalent of £20m promoting the channel and its shows in a marketing campaign in Northern & Shell publications. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_43

The takeover was partly motivated by the opportunities for cross-promotion of Five from Desmond's newspapers (Daily Express and Daily Star) and magazines (including OK!). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_44

One commentator warned that "readers will be bombarded with references to Five. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_45

The opportunity for cross-promotion between his publications and TV channel are enormous." Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_46

Upon completing his takeover of Five on 23 July 2010, Richard Desmond remarked; "I prefer Channel 5 to Five, but... we haven't met with the team yet to discuss these sorts of details". Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_47

The day after, Desmond's Daily Express newspaper noted that the channel's name was to change: "From today the rather vague 'Five' (Five what? Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_48

Days of the week? Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_49

Fingers?) Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_50

reverts to the much more informative Channel 5". Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_51

On 11 August 2010, Desmond confirmed the restoration of the original name used from 1997–2002. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_52

The restoration was revealed onscreen on 14 February 2011. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_53

The relaunch also saw investment in a range of new programming with the debut of the (now-cancelled) nightly entertainment show OK! Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_54 TV. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_55

Audience figures for the relaunch were boosted with increased viewing figures for the main 5 News bulletins and improved figures for OK! Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_56

TV in the 6.30 p.m. slot over its predecessor Live from Studio Five. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_57

On 18 August 2011, Channel 5 relaunched Big Brother, starting with Celebrity Big Brother 8 and followed by Big Brother 12, having bought the rights to air the programme following its cancellation by Channel 4 in April 2011. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_58

The deal was worth a reported £200 million. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_59

The show helped the channel's viewing figures and audience share to rise slightly year-on-year, from 4.4% to 4.5%, in 2012. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_60

It was only achieved by Channel 5 and BBC One later in 2012; all other terrestrial broadcasters fell in comparison. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_61

In 2013, Ben Frow, the channel's Director of Programming, revealed that the station would be moving away from broadcasting just American imports, by introducing shows from other countries such as Canada, Ireland and Australia to the schedules. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_62

The station has since begun screening Australian prison drama Wentworth Prison and Irish gangland series Love/Hate. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_63

Sale to Viacom (2014) Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_5

In January 2014, it was reported that Richard Desmond was looking at selling Channel 5 for up to £700 million. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_64

BT, ITV, Channel 4, NBCUniversal, Endemol, Time Warner, Viacom, Scripps Network Interactive, Saban Capital Group, and a joint bid of BSkyB and Discovery Communications were all bidders reportedly interested in acquiring Channel 5. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_65

On 1 May 2014, Desmond agreed to sell Channel 5 to Viacom for £450 million (US$759 million). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_66

The deal was approved on 10 September 2014 and at the same time it was announced that it was to co-commission programmes with its pay channels such as Nickelodeon and MTV. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_67

Since January 2020, the channels operate under the ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia subsidiary. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_68

On 1 August 2015, Channel 5's five advertising regions: London, South/Central England and Wales, Northern England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland were closed with Viacom considering them financially unviable. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_69

The closure of the advertising regions allowed Channel 5 HD for Sky HD viewers to swap with the standard-definition version of Channel 5 on the EPG. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_70

Under Viacom, the channel planned to increase its original programming output, increasing its budget by 10%. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_71

On 11 February 2016, Channel 5 also unveiled an overhauled brand, meant to reflect a new remit of "Spirited TV with an Emotional Heart". Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_72

In December 2019, Viacom re-merged with CBS Corporation, forming ViacomCBS and making Channel 5 a sister to CBS in the United States and Network 10 in Australia. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_73

Channel 5 received Channel of the Year honors from the Royal Television Society and Broadcast Awards in 2020, with judges for both recognizing the network's expansion under ViacomCBS. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_74

Broadcasting and reception Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_6

The British frequency plan had only allowed for four channels to be transmitted over the whole of the UK using analogue terrestrial transmitters, but the ITC identified that UHF channels 35 and 37 could provide coverage of around 70% of the UK population. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_75

These channels were used by many domestic video recorders for RF connection to television sets. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_76

Before the channel could launch, the broadcaster had to provide over-the-phone instructions or visit any home that complained to either retune the video recorder or fit a filter to completely block the Channel 5 signal. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_77

For many transmitters, channels 35 and 37 were 'out of group', which meant that the roof-top receiving aerials were not designed to cover Channel 5's broadcast channels. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_78

Many people either could not receive the channel at all, or required a new aerial. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_79

The broadcaster progressively added to the transmitters to improve the analogue terrestrial coverage since that time. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_80

From 23 April 1997, the channel was also provided on the analogue Astra satellite service, which enabled people outside the terrestrial reception areas to receive it via a dish. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_81

Unlike the other four analogue British television channels, the channel could not be received via analogue terrestrial broadcasts in many areas, including some parts of the south coast of England where the signal would otherwise interfere with signals from television stations in France; many areas of North East England, especially around the major Tyne & Wear conurbation; many areas in Scotland; most of Wales, most of Northern Ireland and parts of Cumbria. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_82

The channel is available on all digital platforms (Freesat, Sky satellite, IPTV and Freeview digital terrestrial, and also most cable operators). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_83

On 5 November 2008, the channel launched on digital satellite service Freesat, on the Astra 28.2°E satellites. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_84

It was the first analogue channel in the UK to use a permanent digital on-screen graphic, though this was removed in September 2002 – however, the children's programming strands kept the DOG. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_85

In October 2007, the channel's logo returned to the screen. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_86

Channel 5 is available in Switzerland on Swisscom TV and Cablecom. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_87

In the Republic of Ireland, unlike the other UK terrestrial channels, Channel 5 is not available on cable or MMDS, the first such service not to be available there. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_88

Its terrestrial signal can be received in areas bordering Northern Ireland, or coastal areas close to Wales, and since going free-to-air on 5 November 2008 to join Freesat, it is now available in Republic of Ireland with a digital satellite receiver, but it is not available on the Sky EPG, along with ITV channels. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_89

On 30 September 2009, the channel temporarily ceased broadcasting on Freeview from around 9:30 am until midday. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_90

This was due to changes to the Freeview platform, which meant moving Channel 5 from a commercial multiplex to a public service broadcasting multiplex to increase the coverage of the channel from around 70% to 99% across the country on relay transmitters which only carried the three PSB multiplexes but did not carry the three commercial multiplexes. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_91

On 20 September 2019 it was announced that Channel 5 had joined BritBox, a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_92

Subsidiary channels Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_7

Current Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_8

Channel 5 HD Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_9

Channel 5 HD is a high-definition simulcast of Channel 5. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_93

The channel launched on Sky channel 171 and Virgin Media channel 150 on 13 July 2010. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_94

In Summer 2015, Channel 5 and Channel 5 HD switched places, with Channel 5 HD now being located in Channel 5's original space of channel 105. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_95

Upon the launch, only the Australian soaps Neighbours and Home and Away were shown in HD, with the letters HD placed in the top right hand corner of the screen. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_96

Channel 5 HD was due to launch on Freeview during 2010 but was unable to reach 'key criteria' to keep its slot. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_97

In 2011 Channel 5 HD was the sole applicant for a fifth high-definition channel slot on Freeview, with the aim of launching in spring or early summer 2012. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_98

On 15 December 2011, Channel 5 dropped its bid to take the fifth slot after being unable to resolve "issues of commercial importance". Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_99

Channel 5 said it "remains committed" to having a HD channel on Freeview in the future. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_100

In October 2013, Channel 5 HD became a subscription channel on the Sky satellite platform. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_101

Previously, it was available as a free-to-view channel, but is now only available to Sky 'Family Bundle' customers or those with the HD pack. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_102

On 27 April 2016 Channel 5 HD test transmissions started on Freeview Mux. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_103

BBCB (CH105). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_104

On 4 May 2016, Channel 5 HD became free-to-air, coinciding with its launch on Freeview and Freesat. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_105

Channel 5 +1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_10

Channel 5 +1 was launched on Freesat, Freeview and Sky on 6 December 2011. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_106

The channel was also expected to be made available via Virgin Media during 2012, eventually launching on 25 October 2012. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_107

As with other similar '+1' services, Channel 5 +1 rebroadcasts Channel 5's entire programming output on a one-hour time-delay, though the 'Supercasino' commercial gaming block is blacked out on the timeshift. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_108

The launch of Channel 5 +1 meant all three of the UK's commercial PSB services – ITV/STV/UTV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – now have one-hour timeshifts. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_109

Former Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_11

My5 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_12

My5 was a channel based on the most popular TV shows that are broadcast across all of the Channel 5 network. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_110

It was originally launched as Channel 5 +24, a 24-hour timeshift of the main Channel 5 schedule. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_111

The channel was launched on 4 February 2014 and was available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_112

The channel replaced 5* +1 on Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_113

The channel was originally announced as 5 Later, but changed shortly before launch. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_114

5* +1 returned on Freesat channel 132 on 16 September 2014, and launched on Sky on 4 November 2014, replacing BET +1 there. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_115

Until 1 February 2016 two versions of Channel 5 +24 were broadcast: evening primetime content was the same on both, but the version carried to Freeview had continuous teleshopping presentations outside the primetime block, whilst the version carried to satellite and cable viewers interspersed teleshopping 'windows' with a three-hour programming block, broadcast at 10 am, 4 pm and 3 am daily, comprising replays of the previous day's Channel 5 Neighbours and Home & Away episodes and the matinée movie shown on Channel 5 the previous afternoon – this was to get around restrictions that platform operators place on the amount of continuous teleshopping that can be broadcast on entertainment-category channels. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_116

On 10 August 2016 Channel 5 +24 was renamed My5. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_117

The channel was no longer a 24-hour timeshift of the Channel 5 schedule but showed a selection of programmes from across the network of channels, similar to 4seven. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_118

The renaming brought it in line with Channel 5's online on demand service, also called My5. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_119

On 17 December 2017, it was announced that My5 would be replaced by a new channel, 5Prime, with the channel showing critically acclaimed premium content and new commissions such as The Secret Life of Owls and The Yorkshire Vet Casebook. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_120

However, on 3 January 2018 it was confirmed that the launch would not go ahead until at least early spring, with the broadcaster rethinking the new channel's strategy, look and potentially changing the name. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_121

The new channel was launched as 5Select on 13 February 2018, with the My5 brand being used for an on-demand service that, by 2019, also included programming from Pluto TV, Together and Spark Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_122

Idents Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_13

1997–2002 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_14

The original Channel 5 logo was a numeric "5" within a circle, sometimes accompanied by "candy stripes" of five colours (an idea based around the colour bars used by vision engineers to monitor picture output). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_123

Between 1997 and 2002, Channel 5 was the only UK terrestrial channel to display a digital on-screen graphic (DOG) in the top left-hand corner. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_124

On some programmes in the channel's early years, commercial breaks were introduced by an "end of part one" sign emerging horizontally from the DOG; when the programme returns after the break, this would become a "part two" sign, which then disappears back into the DOG. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_125

On 14 April 1997, Teletext reported that 70% of viewers who took part in a poll were in favour of removing the DOG. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_126

Channel 5 refused to remove it though they did state since launch, the DOG had been toned down. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_127

Channel 5 explained their reasons for keeping the DOG on screen, in an interview on 30 March 1997, they explained that: Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_128

In 1999, Channel 5 launched its new 'celebrity' idents, making the candy stripe more frequently used in idents and graphics, most notably in a hole in the backdrop of the idents. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_129

The set of idents were refreshed in 2000, as well as new idents from 4 March 2002, featuring the logo on coloured backgrounds. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_130

These idents were used until a major rebrand in September 2002. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_131

2002–2008 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_15

In 2002, Channel 5 took the decision to drop the word 'Channel' from its name and refer to the channel as 'five'. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_132

A new look launched on 16 September 2002 featuring live action footage with the new logo sliding in from the left of the screen. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_133

The new idents would sometimes be accompanied by pieces of chart music, such as Children by Robert Miles. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_134

The new look made frequent use of the Helvetica typeface. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_135

The informal name "Five" was used in early continuity announcements and idents containing a lower case 'five' had been used on the channel from the launch. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_136

On 23 May 2006 a new set of idents was launched, based on four letter words such as Hope, Fast and Love. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_137

The idents at first did not feature the logo, but the idents were revised on 2 January 2007 to include the word Five again. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_138

2008–2011 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_16

On 6 October 2008 at 9pm, Five aired a new look, replacing the lower-case "five" logo with an upper-case "FIVE" in a circle occasionally with pink, turquoise and purple light effects. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_139

The rebrand was conducted by DixonBaxi, and according to them, the new look was "more vocal, expressive and creative." Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_140

The relaunch included a mix of live action and CGI idents; some of these included supermarket trolleys, the Food Chain, Invisible Superheroes and Drawings. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_141

The look was refreshed in July 2009, making the logo notably larger. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_142

As part of the refresh, special idents were made for popular shows such as The Mentalist, Paul Merton in Europe, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Gadget Show and FlashForward with the 2008 set being withdrawn except for the 'news safe' CGI idents. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_143

In February 2010, an additional ident was introduced, featuring a CGI aurora forming the logo tilted on its side. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_144

This was used at closedown and, sometimes, before news bulletins. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_145

2011–2016 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_17

After the takeover by Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell, major changes and considerable financial investment were promised by the new owners, alongside a return to the 'Channel 5' moniker. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_146

In October 2010, Desmond revealed the station's new look and confirmed its official on-screen identity as "Channel 5" during a press launch. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_147

Desmond promoted these changes in his tabloid newspapers, the Daily Express and Daily Star. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_148

There is also cross-promotion between Northern & Shell's newspaper and magazine titles with their websites promoted on the Channel 5 website. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_149

In 2010, afternoon movies on Channel 5 were sponsored by the Daily Express. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_150

The new logo for Channel 5 replaced the "FIVE" logo on 14 February 2011. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_151

The logo is a "5" in a red circle; the extended version of the logo has the word "CHANNEL" in upper case font to its left. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_152

The launch DOG revived the "5" motif, originally as a transparent '5' cutout in a bright grey circle. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_153

From 18 February 2011, the DOG was modified to a white semi-transparent '5' on a faint grey circle. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_154

The DOG was later returned to the transparent '5' cutout in a bright grey circle. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_155

On 5 March 2013, the DOG was moved into the 16:9 safe area, along with the rest of their channels. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_156

A range of new idents for Channel 5 were launched in February 2011 incorporating the "5" motif featuring live action and CGI elements. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_157

They echo the predominantly red colour scheme of the channel's new corporate image, each based in a spacious studio with a large screen as the backdrop for the action. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_158

"Drums" features a drummer against a backdrop of animated shapes with the "5" appearing on a screen behind. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_159

In "Equaliser", a "5" contained in a cube emerges from a graphic equaliser display. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_160

"Imagination" features a battle between a toy dinosaur and robot figure with the "5" logo imposed in neon lights (outlined). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_161

"VIP" features a model walking on a red carpet formed from the big screen with the logo formed out of the camera flashes. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_162

"Car Chase" features a police car chasing another car which eventually crash 'through' the big screen with the logo being on the side of the police car. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_163

A generic ident with the Channel 5 logo pulsating on the studio screen was introduced in April 2012. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_164

Several special idents have also been used for The Hotel Inspector, The Walking Dead, Impossible?, Big Brother, The Bachelor, Europa League, The Mentalist, Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl, It's All About Amy, How to Take Stunning Pictures, and The Gadget Show: World Tour also based around the same theme of the studio and screen. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_165

Programme preview cards feature the font "Gotham" in upper case. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_166

Break bumpers featured the "5" logo in the left-hand corner of the screen with a pattern of circles radiating out from the logo in an alternating red and black colour scheme. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_167

This logo was retired from use on 10 February 2016; a virtually identical logo would later be used by ABC affiliate WEWS-TV beginning in September of that year, albeit in a blue colour. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_168

2016–present Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_18

On 11 February 2016, Channel 5 launched a new logo across all of its properties—a segmented 5 which can be rendered with various designs and animations, alongside a new series of "cinematic" idents, and break bumpers with text messages on them. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_169

The new branding was meant to signify a more upmarket and "creative" positioning for the broadcaster; vice-president of marketing Jo Bacon explained that "Our core proposition is Spirited TV, with emotional heart, reflecting the diverse, lively, colourful and creative content that has been the driving force behind our new strategic approach." Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_170

Critics noted similarities between 5's new logo and that of competitor Channel 4. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_171

However, Bacon contrasted Channel 4, explaining that "our content allows millions of normal people access to diverse entertainment with no fuss. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_172

We are a playful challenger brand and can appeal to all audiences. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_173

The rebrand is a big opportunity to really redefine the DNA of the Channel 5 brand and how it is perceived." Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_174

5Star and 5USA also adopted the new logo, while the catch-up service Demand 5 was renamed My5. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_175

The idents were replaced on 26 February 2020 with a new set focusing more on the logo on coloured backdrops mainly pink, green, orange, blue, teal and black. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_176

Audience share Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_19

Below are the official audience shares in percent for Channel 5 since its launch in 1997. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_177

Data provided by BARB. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_178

The channel consistently is the fifth most watched channel in country, usually being beaten by main rivals BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and Channel 4. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_179

Audience share rose consistently for the first seven years of broadcast, reaching a peak of 6.6% in 2004. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_180

Two years later the audience share had dropped to under 5.0%. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_181

In 2012, the audience share rose to 4.5%, the first yearly rise for the channel in audience share since 2009. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_182

In July 2013, Channel 5 overtook Channel 4 when taking into account consolidated shares, for the first time. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_183

As of September 2013, the channel averages 4.0% of the total audience share. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_184

Channel 5 (British TV channel)_table_general_2

YearChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_2_0_0 Audience shareChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_2_0_1
1997Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_1_0 2.3%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_1_1
1998Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_2_0 4.3%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_2_1
1999Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_3_0 5.4%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_3_1
2000Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_4_0 5.7%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_4_1
2001Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_5_0 5.8%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_5_1
2002Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_6_0 6.3%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_6_1
2003Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_7_0 6.5%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_7_1
2004Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_8_0 6.6%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_8_1
2005Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_9_0 6.4%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_9_1
2006Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_10_0 4.9%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_10_1
2007Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_11_0 5.3%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_11_1
2008Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_12_0 4.6%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_12_1
2009Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_13_0 4.8%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_13_1
2010Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_14_0 4.5%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_14_1
2011Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_15_0 4.4%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_15_1
2012Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_16_0 4.5%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_16_1
2013Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_17_0 4.1%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_17_1
2014Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_18_0 4.0%Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_2_18_1

Programming Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_20

Main article: Channel 5 (UK) programming Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_185

Channel 5, like all the public service broadcasters, broadcasts a wide variety of programmes. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_186

The channel mainly broadcasts entertainment programmes, such as reality television, game shows and imported American dramas. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_187

The channel broadcasts some sports events not covered by other broadcasters, but is notable for having been for several years the only terrestrial channel to show cricket, in the shape of highlights of England's summer test matches and one-day games. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_188

It also broadcasts its own news service, 5 News, which is produced by ITN (but was produced between 2005 and 2012 by Sky News). Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_189

The channel frequently sticks to a regular schedule, which includes the programme Home and Away at 6 pm followed by 5 News at 6:30 pm. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_190

Flagship programmes for the channel include the morning chat show Jeremy Vine (which replaced The Wright Stuff in September 2018), programmes from 3 top US Crime drama franchises (CSI, Law & Order and NCIS) and afternoon Australian soap operas Neighbours (at 1:45 pm) and Home and Away (at 1:15 pm) each weekday. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_191

Children's programming begin at 6 am every day with Milkshake! Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_192

showing children's programmes includes Peppa Pig, Thomas and Friends, Fireman Sam, PAW Patrol, Bob the Builder, Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, Little Princess, Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car and many more. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_193

In October 2014 Channel 5 announced it had acquired the broadcast rights to NCIS and CSI spin-offs, NCIS: New Orleans and CSI: Cyber. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_194

Most watched programmes Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_21

The following is a list of the ten most watched broadcasts on Channel 5 up to 20 December 2020, based on Live +28 data supplied by BARB. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_195

Channel 5 (British TV channel)_table_general_3

RankChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_3_0_0 ProgrammeChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_3_0_1 UK viewers

(millions)Channel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_3_0_2

DateChannel 5 (British TV channel)_header_cell_3_0_3
1Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_1_0 Euro 2000 Qualifier: Poland v EnglandChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_1_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_1_2 8 September 1999Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_1_3
2Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_2_0 World Cup Qualifier: Albania v EnglandChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_2_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_2_2 28 March 2001Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_2_3
3Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_3_0 All Creatures Great and SmallChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_3_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_3_2 1 September 2020Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_3_3
4Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_4_0 Independence DayChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_4_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_4_2 7 September 1999Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_4_3
5Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_5_0 Celebrity Big BrotherChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_5_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_5_2 18 August 2011Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_5_3
6Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_6_0 All Creatures Great and SmallChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_6_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_6_2 15 September 2020Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_6_3
7Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_7_0 All Creatures Great and SmallChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_7_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_7_2 6 October 2020Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_7_3
8Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_8_0 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_8_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_8_2 8 February 2016Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_8_3
9Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_9_0 The RockChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_9_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_9_2 8 February 2000Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_9_3
10Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_10_0 All Creatures Great and SmallChannel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_10_1 Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_10_2 8 September 2020Channel 5 (British TV channel)_cell_3_10_3

5 Text Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_22

From 1997 to 2011 Channel 5 operated its own analogue teletext service providing a basic range of programme listings, film summaries and programme previews of Channel 5 content. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_196

The service was provided by Sky Text for several years and later provided by BigStream Interactive in Surrey, UK. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_197

The service was withdrawn due to the digital switchover and shift to internet and social media. Channel 5 (British TV channel)_sentence_198

Logo history Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_23

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See also Channel 5 (British TV channel)_section_24

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