5 News

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Not to be confused with News5.
5 News
Presented by Sian Williams
Matt Barbet
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) ITN (1997–2004, 2012–)
Sky News (2005–12)
Editor(s) Cristina Nicolotti Squires
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Original network Channel 5
Original release 31 March 1997 – present
Related shows OK! TV
5* Access
External links

5 News is the news programme of British broadcaster Channel 5 produced by ITN from Channel 5's former parent company Northern & Shell's head office on Lower Thames Street in the City of London.

From 1 January 2005, Sky News was awarded the contract to provide the news for Channel 5, replacing ITN, which had provided the channel's news service from the channel's launch in 1997. On 14 February 2011, the service was rebranded back to its original name, 5 News, having been called Five News from 2002 until 2011.[1][2] On 20 February 2012 the contract returned to original provider ITN.[3]

On 5 November 2015 5 News at 5 anchor Emma Crosby announced she was leaving 5 News after 4 years to have a baby. Sian Williams replaced her on 4 January 2016 after months of interim anchors from Channel 5's team of on-screen journalists.


5 News was one of the new station's flagship programmes when it launched on 30 March 1997. One of the launch newsreaders was Rob Butler,[4] who would appear on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank in 2001.[5] It was originally produced by ITN, which at the time also provided the news for Channel 4 and ITV. It was announced on 9 March 2004 that Sky had won the new contract to provide Channel 5 with its news bulletins.[6]

The first Sky-produced bulletin was planned for 3 January 2005 but the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami brought this forward two days in a short Saturday evening update.[7] The contract with Sky was extended to 2012 in January 2009.[8]

Five News pioneered a number of innovations in style, format and content of news and won numerous awards in its early years.[9]

On 20 October 2008, Five News was given a refreshed look with new theme music and titles. The 7pm edition was also re-branded Five News at 7 and saw the return of presenters standing up to read the news. On 10 August 2009, Channel 5 announced its Five News at 7 programme would be axed in Autumn 2009 along with newscaster Isla Traquair. On 28 August 2009, at the end of the programme, Isla announced it was her last appearance and on 4 September, Matt Barbet presented the last programme. Five News at 7 was replaced by an hour-long programme called Live from Studio Five, a nightly magazine programme featuring a mix of news and chat, airing from 6:30pm weeknights, from 14 September 2009.[10] The show rivalled the BBC One programme The One Show.[11]

In November 2009, James Partridge of facial disfigurement charity Changing Faces presented the lunchtime news bulletins all week. "We hope it will make viewers examine their own prejudices" commented Channel 5 head of news Chris Shaw.[12]

On 2 August 2010, Five News at 7 was reinstated,[13] after a change of ownership of the channel.[14] Live from Studio Five was cut to 30 minutes as a result.[15]

On 14 October 2010, Natasha Kaplinsky announced that she was leaving Channel 5 at the end of 2010, having spent much of her three years at the broadcaster on maternity leave.[16]

In February 2011, Emma Crosby was appointed as Kaplinsky's replacement and presenter of the 7pm bulletin, with Barbet hosting the 5pm edition.[17] The service was relaunched as 5 News on 14 February 2011 to match Channel 5's current re-branding, with Crosby making her first appearance.[18]

On the 2 September 2011 it was announced that David Kermode, at-the-time editor, would leave 5 News in order to take up an editorial spot on Daybreak. He was replaced by Geoff Hill.

5 News logo from 20th February 2012 to 2014

On 9 January 2012, due to the production handover from Sky News to ITN, the 7pm edition of 5 News was moved to the earlier timeslot of 6:30pm in place of the axed OK! TV. The ITN produced 5 News bulletins relaunched on 20 February 2012 with newscasters Matt Barbet and Emma Crosby retaining their roles as lead newscasters. The bulletin's website and social media offerings were also relaunched at this time.

On 11 June 2012 it was announced Matt Barbet would leave 5 News to join ITV's Daybreak.[19] He left on 26 July 2012 with Emma Crosby now presenting both editions.[20][21]

In September 2013, ITN announced that Geoff Hill was to leave 5 News to become the new Editor of ITV News. The following month ITN announced that ITV News' Head of Output, Cristina Nicolotti Squires would become the new Editor of 5 News in November 2013.

On 16 April 2014, it was announced on Twitter that following Matt Barbet's departure from Daybreak, he would be returning to 5 News & ITN to present 5 News Tonight – a new show at 6:30pm, replacing NewsTalk Live, on 28 April 2014. Emma Crosby will continue to present 5 News at 5pm.

On 5 November 2015, Emma Crosby announced she was leaving 5 News after 5 years to have a baby. Sian Williams from BBC News will replace her in early 2016.


Current newscasters[edit]

Years Newscaster Current role Other role
2016– Sian Williams 5 News at 5
2007–12, 2014– Matt Barbet 5 News Tonight
2012– Sangeeta Kandola Freelance (alt)

Former newscasters[edit]

Years Newscaster Main role Other role
2011–15 Emma Crosby 5 News at 5 NewsTalk Live
2005–09 Helen Fospero
2000–01 Andrea Catherwood
1997–2000 Roland Buerk
1997–2007 Kirsty Young
2008 Faye Barker
2010 Charlotte Hawkins
2000–08 Jonas Hurst
1999–2014 Catherine Jones 5 News at 5
1998–2000 Jasmine Lowson
2004–08 Kate Gerbeau
2009–12 Philippa Hall
2008–10 Natasha Kaplinsky 5 News At 5
2005–07 Priya Kaur-Jones
2009 Phil Lavelle
2009–12 Gemma Morris
2001–05 Louisa Preston
2006–07 John Suchet
1997–2005 Charlie Stayt
2007–09 Isla Traquair 5 News at 7
2002–03,2010–12 Julie MacDonald

Guest and other presenter[edit]

Years Newscaster Guest role Other role
2012 Alastair Stewart ITV News

Channel 5 Weather[edit]

Weather forecasts follow 5 News at Lunchtime, 5 News at 5.00 and 5 News Tonight on weekdays; the 5 News update on weekends.

Until March 2009, Channel 5 had a dedicated team of weather presenters. Sky News weather presenters then provided forecasts for the channel.[22] This changed in November 2010 when Sian Welby joined Channel 5 as weather presenter.[23]

Current presenters[edit]

Years Presenter
2010–present Sian Welby
2012–present Clare Nasir

Former presenters (Channel 5)[edit]

Years Presenter
2003–09 Lara Lewington

Former presenters (Sky News Weather)[edit]


Years Correspondent Title Other role
2000– Andy Bell Political Editor


  • 5 News originally provided afternoon and evening updates on the hour, every hour during the week
  • A 'ticker' was used during these updates, the first seen on a terrestrial news broadcast, outside of a simulcast with a news channel. It was however switched to a weather ticker before being dropped entirely in 2007
  • A presenter standing up or 'perching' rather than sitting behind a desk[7] (which has since been used by other broadcasters). This feature was banned by the channel in 2007, with presenters at the seating area for all bulletins,[24] although the presenters stood again when 5 News was relaunched in February 2011
  • On air 'teases'[clarification needed] from production staff
  • Live discussions involving various experts, campaigners, celebrities and political commentators
  • Guest editors – these included Ms. Dynamite, Dame Kelly Holmes, Howard Marks and Alastair Campbell[25]
  • Your News, a segment of most bulletins given over to viewers' videos and now adapted by many other news programmes under the banner 'user-generated content'[26]
  • On-screen email addresses for reporters while they're on air, a feature previously seen in newspapers. This was dropped a few months after introduction
  • When the contract transferred to Sky News, Five News was the first programme to broadcast (and, for the first time, in widescreen) from the news centre at Sky's headquarters in Osterley


  1. ^ GMTV's Emma Crosby joins Channel 5 News ATV Today, 1 February 2011
  2. ^ Emma Crosby to front Channel 5 News guardian.co.uk, 1 February 2011
  3. ^ "Channel 5 to axe OK! TV". Media Guardian. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rob Butler - Biography & Images". TVnewsroom.site. 
  5. ^ "ITV Series 1, Episode 4". Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 28 January 2001. ITV. Repeated 23 August 2016 on Challenge TV. 
  6. ^ "Five to take Sky News bulletins". BBC News. 9 March 2004. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  7. ^ a b "New look for Five News". Transdiffusion Broadcasting System. 1 February 2005. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 
  8. ^ Channel Five extends news deal with BSkyB The Guardian, 20 January 2009
  9. ^ "RTS Television Journalism Awards 1997". Royal Television Society. 1997. Archived from the original on 26 March 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Walsh thrilled with new Five show Digital Spy, 10 August 2009
  11. ^ Apprentice Kate to host new Five show Digital Spy, 10 August 2009
  12. ^ Fire-scar man’s TV news The Sun, 11 November 2009
  13. ^ The One Show lifted by new presenters The Guardian, 16 August 2010
  14. ^ Richard Desmond promises Channel Five 'investment, drive and leadership' The Guardian, 23 July 2010
  15. ^ Five chop a flop to get it Wright The Sun, 27 July 2010
  16. ^ Midgley, Neil (14 October 2010). "Natasha Kaplinsky to quit Channel 5". Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Emma Crosby to front Five news". BBC News. 1 February 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Jason Deans Channel 5 relaunch does OK! guardian.co.uk, 15 February 2011
  19. ^ Daybreak announces new morning presenters itv.com, 11 June 2012
  20. ^ Matt Barbet Signs Off 5 News, Heads to Daybreak TV Newsroom, 26 July 2012
  21. ^ 5 News – Matt Barbet's Final Sign Off TheSbm2010, YouTube, 26 July 2012
  22. ^ After the show Archived 5 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Blogs, Sky News, 21 August 2010
  23. ^ Shopgirl to weathergirl: Ex New Look employee set to become Channel Five's sunniest star Mail Online, 1 November 2010
  24. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (1 October 2007). "Channel Five: Sitting down is the new standing up". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  25. ^ Five news hires celebrity editors BBC News, 19 October 2005
  26. ^ "Your News". Five News. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2007. 

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