MediaCorp Channel 5

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Channel 5 (The Fifth Frequency)
Saluran 5
சேனல் 5
MediaCorp Channel5.jpg
Channel 5 logo since 1 January 1994
Launched 15 February 1963 as Televisyen Singapura
Network MediaCorp TV
Television Malaysia
(28 December 1963–9 August 1965
Owned by MediaCorp
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Where It All Happens
(1 January 1994-31 August 1995)
Your World At Home on 5
(1 September 1995-1 March 1999)
For Pure Entertainment Give Me 5
(1 March 1999-22 December 2000)
Home Of Your Favourites
(23 December 2000-31 December 2006)
Entertaining You First
(1 January 2007-April 2008)
Come Home to 5
(April 2008-31 December 2014)
It's Good to be Home on 5
(1 January 2015-present)
Country Singapore
Language English, Mandarin, Tamil
Broadcast area Singapore, Johor Bahru and part of Riau Archipelago
Headquarters The Caldecott Broadcasting Centre
Formerly called Television Singapore
(15 February 1963-23 November 1963)
The Fifth Frequency
(23 November 1963-31 December 2004)
Television Singapore Channel 5
(23 November 1963-8 August 1965)
Radio Television Singapore Channel 5
(9 August 1965-31 January 1980)
Singapore Broadcasting Corporation Channel 5
(1 February 1980-30 September 1994)
Television Corporation of Singapore Channel 5
(1 October 1994-11 February 2001)
Sister channel(s) HD5
Channel 8
Channel U
Channel NewsAsia
Website MediaCorp Channel 5
MediaCorp - Analogue (PAL-B) Channel 5 (VHF 175.25 MHz)
MediaCorp - Digital (DVB-T) Channel 38 (UHF 610MHz) [1] Multiplex carrying Mediacorp channels digitally. (SD/HD)
MediaCorp - Digital (DVB-T2) Channel 29 (UHF 538MHz) (LCN 02) (HD)
Astro (Malaysia)

Channel 741 (MediaCorp HD5)

(Coming Soon)
Channel 742 (MediaCorp Channel 5 HD) (Coming Soon)
Channel 753 (Mediacorp Channel 5 SD) (Coming Soon)
StarHub TV

Channel 102 (SD)

Channel 155 (HD)
MediaCorp (via SCV socket) Channel 5 (VHF 175.25 MHz)
mio TV Channel 2/305 (HD)

MediaCorp Channel 5 or Channel 5 (Chinese: 五频道, Before 31 December 2004: 第五波道) is a 24-hour free-to-air English television channel in Singapore.

Programmes on Channel 5 normally include English language drama (both foreign imports and locally-made), movies, sports, reality show, variety show, news, current affairs and game show programmes. Local editions of overseas programmes like Singapore Idol, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and Deal or No Deal have also been produced by the channel.


Channel 5 was launched on 15 February 1963 as Television Singapura and was the first free-to-air terrestrial television station in Singapore that broadcasts in English although the station also aired Malay programmes at the time. Its sister station Channel 8 was launched on 23 November 1963 with a mix of Chinese and Tamil language programmes.

Channel 5 began transmitting in colour on 7 July 1974 with the live telecast of the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final. On August 1, 1990, Channel 5, along with Channel 8 and Channel 12 started broadcasting in stereo. By New Year's Day 1994, Malay programmes were transferred to Channel 12, later renamed Prime 12 on 1 September 1995 and later Suria in 2000. Although Channel 8 was the first channel in Singapore to go broadcast 24 hours a day on 1 September 1995, Channel 5 went 24/7 on 29 September 1995, making the rest of the channels in Singapore to closedown.

In 2007, HD5 was launched, and Channel 5 became the first (and as of 2010, only) terrestrial TV station in Singapore to broadcast in HD. Its sister channels Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham began broadcasting in HD in 2013.

Logo history[edit]

Transmission Hours[edit]

Channel 5 broadcasts on a 24-hour schedule, 7 days a week.

Local programmes[edit]

In addition to foreign programmes, Channel 5 also produces some sitcoms, dramas and local adaptations of some overseas entertainment programmes. The first sitcom produced by Channel 5 was called Under One Roof, which was aired between 1994 and 2003. Despite criticisms over its use of Singlish (a local English patois), it was well received by the Singapore audience, and became a finalist at the International Emmy Award. Under One Roof paved the way for future local comedy programmes like Mr. Kiasu, Police and Thief, Sayang Sayang, and Living with Lydia. However, Mr Kiasu was banned in 2002 due to the use of Singlish.

One of the most notable local production was Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, often known as Phua Chu Kang. It, like Under One Roof, suffered from criticisms, which some come from the Government of Singapore over its use of Singlish. However, Phua Chu Kang went on to enjoy almost the same level of popularity and acclaim.


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