Canale 5

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Canale 5
Canale 5.svg
Launched 30 September 1980
Owned by Mediaset
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 16.2% (May 2014, [1])
Country  Italy
Formerly called TeleMilano 58 (1978-1980)
Sister channel(s) La5
Analogue Not available
Digital DVB-T, LCN 5,LCN HD 505 ,Where available
Analogue Not available
Digital DVB-S (scrambled in Mediaguard 2 during some events) on Hotbird
SKY Italia Channel 105
yes Channel 129
MC Cable Channel 205
Cablecom Channel 096
Channel 205 (digital CH-D)
Hot Channel 156

Canale 5 (in English Channel Five) is an Italian private television network of Mediaset, the media branch of Fininvest. Canale 5 was the first private television network to have a national coverage in Italy in 1980, based on a local channel, TeleMilano 58, founded in 1978. Canale 5 is one of Italy's most popular channels.

Much of its early content came from American television shows dubbed in Italian. Mike Bongiorno, the host of Lascia o raddoppia?, was also wooed away from RAI to host an early quiz shows on TeleMilano.

Today Fininvest controls 35% of Mediaset. The logo of Canale 5 was originally formed by the number five beside a long biscione (a snake, the ancient symbol of Milan) spitting a flower. In the 1980s the reptile was replaced by a bigger number leaving only a stylized head on the top with the flower. In 2000 Canale 5 launched the Italian version of the Big Brother franchise, titled Grande Fratello, the first reality show in Italy. This was the beginning of a new era of television marked by the medium of television referring to itself both as an important part of daily life and treating itself as a member of the family or a close friend, sometimes called as "auto-reference". In 2005, RIS Delitti Imperfetti was launched, an Italian fiction inspired by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Today there are many Italian fictions and the most famous are: Carabinieri, Distretto di Polizia, RIS Delitti Imperfetti and Elisa di Rivombrosa.

In 2005 news editor Enrico Mentana was replaced by Carlo Rossella.

On 4 December 2012, Mediaset launched Canale 5 HD, a simulcast of Canale 5 in high-definition.


  1. ^ "Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

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