London, 14 June 2016 – Channel 5, part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) , has signed a four-year contract with ITN to continue to produce 5 News. The contract will run until 2020 and demonstrates Channel 5’s ongoing commitment to high quality news programming.
Under the terms of the new contract the 5 News team will relocate to ITN’s headquarters on Gray’s Inn Road in central London. The move will coincide with a new look for the programme and set.
The announcement follows the arrival in January 2016 of Sian Williams as presenter of 5 News at 5. Sian has more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist and presenter. Every week, 5m viewers tune to the news programmes across Channel 5, including the 5pm bulletin and 5 News Tonight at 6.30pm, presented by Matt Barbet.
Under editor Cristina Nicolotti Squires, 5 News has a renewed focus on exclusive investigations and reporting, looking at issues of real importance to our viewers, such as the NHS and immigration. This was reflected in a nomination for the Home News category of this year’s Royal Television Society Journalism Awards.
In 2014, VIMN 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.
Paul Dunthorne, Channel 5’s Chief Operating Officer said: “This deal reinforces our commitment to provide a high quality and accessible news service. Under Cristina Nicolotti Squires and her talented team both in front and behind the camera, 5 News continues to deliver consistently impactful and insightful news programming with broad appeal.”
ITN Chief Executive John Hardie said: “We are delighted to confirm this new four-year contract with Channel 5. 5 News consistently delivers distinctive, authoritative news programmes and I am delighted that Channel 5 has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to our innovative and high quality output.”
Press contact: Laura Roberts, Head of Press and Public Affairs, ITN – 020 7430 4825 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Channel 5:
Since September 2014, Channel 5 has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks. It reaches 4 out of 5 UK adults each month with a broad mix of content ranging from observational documentaries to entertainment programmes, popular factual to factual entertainment, natural history to history series. Sister channels 5STAR, 5USA and Spike complement Channel 5 with a mix of original commissions, entertainment and U.S. drama. My5 is an on demand service available across multiple platforms and devices. In 2015, the Channel 5 portfolio was the only major commercial free-to-air network to grow share of all adults, and increased its share of the valuable 16-34 audience by 4%. Channel 5 launched as Britain’s fifth public service channel in March 1997.
ITN is a world-class production company made up of two business divisions: Broadcast News and ITN Productions. The organisation provides:
• Daily TV News programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5
• TV programmes across factual, entertainment and current affairs for national and international broadcasters
• TV commercials and branded content
• Sports live coverage, clips and programmes
• Digital content services, including licensing on-the-day news and archive content through ITN Source as well as short form content for online and mobile.
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