|Launched||30 September 1980|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Audience share||16.2% (May 2014, )|
|Formerly called||TeleMilano 58 (1978-1980)|
|Digital||DVB-T, LCN 5,LCN HD 505 ,Where available|
|Digital||DVB-S (scrambled in Mediaguard 2 during some events) on Hotbird|
|SKY Italia||Channel 105|
|MC Cable||Channel 205|
Channel 205 (digital CH-D)
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, a common trait on Italian television today. 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.
- "Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- Official Site (Italian)