Channel 5


Strong ratings for Channel 5 in lockdown

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 have reported positive growth as a result of the lockdown. The broadcaster said that it has grown its peak time share of viewing more than any other commercial terrestrial channel. It noted that in the 11 weeks since the start of the lockdown, Channel 5 has seen a 17% year-over-year […]

AVOD My5 sees busiest week ever with 184% YOY growth 

My5, the video on demand platform of UK free to air broadcaster Channel 5, saw record viewing numbers on the week commencing April 27. Last week, the AVOD saw its strongest ever week with week-on-week viewing up by 59% and year-on-year viewing up 184%. The week surpassed week 4 of 2016 when Big Brother drove […]

WWE returns to FTA with Channel 5 deal

Professional wrestling outfit WWE has signed a deal with ViacomCBS that will see the company’s shows broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK for the first time in almost 20 years. The news was confirmed by Channel 5 on Twitter, with the ViacomCBS-owned channel announcing that three of its weekly wrestling shows – Raw, Smackdown […]

Sky strikes Channel 5 content pact

UK-based pay TV operator Sky has struck a deal for entertainment and factual programming from Viacom-owned Channel 5. The arrangement will see 300 hours of C5 shows becoming available to subscribers, with content accessible via the Sky Box Sets service and to those holding an entertainment pass for Sky’s OTT service Now TV. The box-sets […]

PlutoTV launches three My5 channels in UK

AVOD streamer Pluto TV is to launch three UK channels using content from the VOD platform of its Viacom stablemate Channel 5, focusing on crime, documentary and medical programming. Pluto TV, which was acquired by Viacom for $340m six months ago, will launch My5 Crime, My5 Documentaries and My5 GPs: Behind Closed Doors channels on its […]

Ofcom sets out new PSB measures in face of “unprecedented challenges”

UK regulator Ofcom has announced a new set of measures to improve the chances of PSBs against the threat posed by international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.  In an announcement made on July 4, Ofcom detailed that it is setting out a “package of measures, including recommendations to Government, to support PSB […]

Pluto TV launches on My5

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has confirmed the launch of three Pluto TV channels on Channel 5’s video-on-demand platform in the UK. The launch of the channels on My5, news of which was reported by Digital TV Europefrom the Variety TV Summit in Londonearlier this month, marks the first collaboration between the two Viacom-owned AVOD […]

Rowena Cordrey to join Viacom from ITN

Current ITN deputy head of compliance, Rowena Cordrey, is to join Viacom International Media Networks as vice president, head of content, legal and compliance. In this role, Cordrey will oversee the legal and regulatory compliance of Viacom’s content across Channel 5, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon; including broadcast, online and marketing output across the UK, […]

UK PSBs call for new prominence rules to tackle tech giants

The UK’s public service broadcasters have asked the government to guarantee the prominence of their linear and on-demand services in the face of mounting pressure from global giants like Netflix. In an open letter signed by the heads of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4C, the broadcasters urged broadcast regulator Ofcom to modernise […]

Viacom taps Red Bee for Paramount Network UK launch

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has tapped Red Bee Media for the launch of Paramount Network in the UK. Paramount Network, which launched in the UK market earlier this month, is being scheduled and programmed by the Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programmes at Viacom-owned Channel 5. The […]

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