Channel 5

UK retransmission ruling is ‘significant moment’

A court ruling stating online ‘rebroadcaster’ illegally transmitted live UK terrestrial TV channels represents a “significant” moment in European broadcasting history, a broadcast law expert has said. Yesterday, Europe’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, ruled UK-based TVCatchup Ltd has infringed ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5’s copyright by transmitting live feeds of […]

News brief: TalkTalk chairman to be interim YouView chair

UK connected-TV platform YouView has appointed Sir Charles Dunstone as interim chairman while a permanent replacement for Lord Alan Sugar is found. Sugar resigned as non-executive chairman of the IPTV platform last week amid rumours of a massive bust up with Richard Desmond, the owner of YouView partner Channel 5, in which the latter allegedly […]

Lord Sugar steps down from YouView

IT magnate and The Apprentice star Lord Sugar has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at UK connected TV platform YouView. Sugar, founder of pioneering electronics brand Amstrad, will step down from his position at the broadcaster-backed IPTV service over the next few weeks, with a replacement chairman announced in due course. He […]

Channel 5 calls on Trauma Doctors

UK commercial net Channel 5 has ordered a new observational documentary series set in a London trauma centre. Trauma Doctors (4x60mins) will follow a group of specialist air ambulance medics at the Royal London Hospital as they battle to detect and identify victims’ life-or-death ailments. It debuts in April. Channel 5’s head of factual, news […]

Cake inks Random House distribution deal

Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment (RHCSE) has appointed Cake the distributor of its new animated series Wanda and the Alien. Cake will sell the preschool series internationally. The first episodes of the 52x10mins series will debut in Q4 2013 on UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5’s milkshake! The TV series also represents the first book-to-screen transfer […]

Bananas in Pyjamas lands at Disney Junior

Disney Junior in Canada has picked up preschool kids series Bananas in Pyjamas. The channel has acquired two seasons of the CGI animated series comprising 156x12mins in all. The shows is sold internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution and the Disney deal was cut by Matt Creasey,  its senior VP, sales and acquisitions, Americas, Asia, Australia […]

Discovery buys more Born to Kill

Twofour Rights, the international sales arm of Twofour, has signed a US presale with Investigation Discovery in the US, and brokered a number of international deals for Born To Kill. Discovery already airs the serial killer series, titled Twisted in the US, and has committed to another 12 hours. Twofour added that Discovery Latin America […]

Duchess of Cambridge pregnancy boosts Royal doc sales

The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy has spurred sales of one-off documentary Wills & Kate: Baby Fever, according to its distributor Electric Sky. The sales house has shopped the 1x45mins doc, which was made for Channel 5 in the UK, to MTV Media Finland, VMMA in Belgium, CBC News Network in Canada, Sky Network Television in […]

Channel 5 to expand UK originated kids programming

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is to increase the amount of local original kids series it airs following its latest license renewal. The Northern & Shell-owned company has pledged to air at least 600 hours of UK originated kids series, meaning that British content will make up half of the channel’s kids content for the […]

Kate Barnes leaving Channel 5

Kate Barnes is to leave British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 after being made redundant. The Northern & Shell-owned broadcaster is closing the role of head of digital channels and Barnes is set to leave the company next week. This is the latest high profile departure at the channel following the news that director of programmes […]