· 5 News relaunches with a brand new look and feel
· News team relocate to ITN’s headquarters
· Clare Nasir to present the weather from the Met Office
London, Monday 31st October – Today, 5 News relaunches with a brand new on air look, coinciding with the relocation of the 5 News studio and newsrooms to ITN’s central London headquarters at Gray’s Inn Road.
The 5 News team will present their first news bulletins from a new ITN studio with a brand new set and studio as well as a new onscreen graphical identity for both 5 News and Weather, created with the design agency Kemistry.
During relaunch week, 5 News will air exclusive reports and investigations ranging from extremism in schools, domestic terror attacks and mental health, as well as live coverage from across America for the US election speaking to the key players ahead of one of the most important votes in modern day history.
Sian Williams will continue to present 5 News at 5 the flagship programme daily at 5pm and Matt Barbet will present 5 News Tonight at 6.30pm. Lunchtime and weekend bulletins, plus news updates in peak time, will also continue.
Sian Williams commented: “5 News is bringing its bold, innovative, warm approach to the day’s events into a new home, joining our colleagues at ITN. It’s the same experienced team that our viewers trust but with a fresh look and a modern feel.”
Ninder Billing, Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor: Factual said: “Today’s exciting launch and rebrand underlines Channel 5’s commitment to accessible news programming following the signing of a four-year contract with ITN to produce 5 News in June this year. The desire for news from our audience has never been so great, so the refresh is timely during a crucially important period for news, ranging from the US election to global terror. I’m delighted that we’re benefitting from the world class expertise of the Met Office and trained meteorologist Clare Nasir who will bring her wealth of experience and knowledge to the channel. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Sian Welby for all her hard work and dedication and wish her well for the future.”
5 News Editor Cristina Nicolotti Squires said: “It’s tremendously exciting to be bringing 5 News “home” to where it all started 19 years ago at ITN’s HQ. On air we’ve tried to create a look that reflects the same spirited feel of 5 News when it started in 1997 but also reflects how we have come of age. Our audience has told they appreciate the directness of our storytelling and this is reflected in our choice to move to a real “hard” set, as opposed to virtual reality. The innovative presentation desk gives us real flexibility to use our presenters in an engaging way but also ties us much more strongly to the new Channel 5 branding that was launched earlier this year.”
The newly relaunched 5 News also sees a new look for its weather presentation with the Met Office as the new provider and trained meteorologist Clare Nasir as the main weather presenter. Clare is a qualified, Met Office trained, weather forecaster with 20 years’ experience. Clare has also worked for GMTV and was their first meteorologist, producing and presenting weather bulletins and science stories. Clare has also presented for ITN and the Weather Channel as well as presenting two series of the CBBC acclaimed science documentary series, Fierce Earth. Her love of science is accompanied by a wealth of qualifications, including a degree in Maths, Oceanography Masters and a recent diploma in Environmental Policy.
Clare Nasir said: “I’m thrilled to be starting my new role as Channel 5’s weather presenter; it’s a real honour to be part of such a dynamic and talented team. It’s an exciting time to be at the Met Office working alongside 5 News which is an excellent partnership for delivering the most accurate weather information.”
Tom Shapland, Head of Media and Content Partnerships at Met Office added: “We are delighted to be providing Channel 5 with their new look weather service for the next 4 years. They will use our new graphics software, Visual Cortex, developed with our partners Presentation Cartography, which will deliver amazing weather graphics to the Channel 5 audience and we hope they enjoy the new look. Channel 5 will also benefit from our world leading forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings, so that everyone can prepare and stay safe, whatever the weather.”
5 News at 5 is the first early peak terrestrial news broadcast of the day and provides an essential look at the day’s news. A pillar of the Channel 5 schedule, the programme was nominated twice in a row for RTS Programme of the Year in 2014 and 2015. 5 News covers the key events of the day focusing on the stories that matter to its audience, providing exclusive investigations and reporting that put people at the heart its news reports.
In 2014, Viacom agreed with Ofcom a change to the terms of Channel 5’s public service licence to increase its minimum quota of News programmes in peak by 20%, from 100 hours to 120 hours annually. Channel 5’s all hours News quota rose by the same amount, from 240 hours to 260 hours annually.
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