Channel 5


YouView chief Halton to leave at end of year

YouView chief executive Richard Halton is to stand down at the end of this year to pursue new opportunities. The UK hybrid digital TV platform, which is jointly owned by BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, said that Halton, who led YouView from launch, had decided the moment was right […]

Channel 5 enters SVOD with More Milkshake! on Amazon Prime

Viacom-owned UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5 is launching its first move into subscription video-on-demand by taking its British preschool programming brand, Milkshake! to Amazon Channels, within Prime Video. The service will be called More Milkshake! and will be available for £2.99 (€3.40) a month, offering programmes such as episodes of of Fireman Sam, Thomas and […]

Sony hires Turner’s Hornsey and Viacom’s Muller to run UK channels

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has named Turner executive Steve Hornsey as vice-president of its UK Entertainment portfolio and Viacom-owned Channel 5 kids chief Sarah Muller as VP of SPTN’s UK kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels, including film services Sony Movies Channel and Movies4Men. Muller […]

Channel 5 leads Viacom upsurge in UK

Viacom has highlighted the strength of the performance of its UK channels last year, led by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, which delivered the largest audience growth among the country’s public service broadcasters, according to the media group. Channel 5’s audience grew by 5% to deliver a 6.51% share of all TV viewing, the service’s best […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (€67 million) production and distribution boost, which has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other free TV networks, […]

Channel 5 to launch premium linear channel

Viacom’s UK broadcaster, Channel 5, will launch a “premium channel” focused on high-end factual, documentaries and drama early next year. 5Prime will launch on January 16, 2018 on all broadcast platforms in the UK, replacing the existing My5 TV network. The My5 brand will remain as Channel 5’s on-demand service, which is distributed through all […]

Channel 4 poaches Channel 5 exec

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has hired two commissioners for its specialist factual and documentaries commissioning team, one from rival Channel 5, and promoted another exec. Channel 5’s Michelle Chappell and experienced filmmaker Alf Lawrie  will join Nick Mirsky’s documentaries team and the specialist factual team respectively. Chappell is currently commissioning editor, factual, news and current […]

Channel 5 launches My5 on Chromecast

Viacom-owned UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has made its My5 video-on-demand service available on Google’s Chromecast devices. The move will enable UK viewers with Chromecast dongles to stream My5 content from phones or tablets direct to their TVs. Content from across the Channel 5 portfolio of channels – Channel 5, 5Star, 5USA and viacom’s recently […]

‘Transformed’ Channel 5 delivers record profit

Viacom-owned Channel 5 has delivered record revenue and profit off the back of an increased investment in programming and improved viewing numbers and share of the TV advertising market. Management said the results prove the channel has been transformed under the US ownership of Viacom, which bought it for £450 million (€506 million) in 2014. […]

Viacom poaches BBC exec for UK kids role

Viacom has hired Sarah Muller to run its kids programming at Channel 5. The new recruit is joining from UK pubcaster the BBC where she is creative director – scripted, animation, coproduction & feature film. She will oversee commissioning and acquisitions at the free-to-air net, which Viacom acquired in 2014, and places her in charge […]