About Channel 5
Channel 5 is the UK’s third largest commercial channel and reaches 44m viewers every month with a spirited mix of high quality and emotive content. Since September 2014, the Channel 5 portfolio of channels has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks who have increased investment in programming.
The content ranges from original factual programmes GPs: Behind Closed Doors and The Yorkshire Vet to the smash hit entertainment format Lip Sync Battle UK; highly acclaimed history programmes Henry VIII and his Six Wives and Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty to stunning natural history series Loch Lomond; ground breaking original drama series Suspects to hugely anticipated US series The X-Files, with brand new original comedy series Borderline airing later in the year. The family of channels include 5STAR, the fun loving home of some of the biggest dramas, soaps, entertainment shows and movies from the US and UK; 5USA the definitive place to see the best drama and movies direct from the US and Spike is the exhilarating channel with a programming mix that is different to anything else on British television. The portfolio is completed by My5, the most widely available commercial on-demand service available across multiple platforms and delivering a range of great content.
In 2015, the Channel 5 portfolio continued 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.
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