Channel 5 signs 4-year contract with ITN to produce 5 News

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[1]. 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

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.

About ITN:

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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[1] Ofcom definition of peak – 6.30pm to 10.30pm

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