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 16.7% (December 2016, [1])
Country  Italy
Language Italian
Broadcast area  Italy
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Formerly called TeleMilano 58 (1978-1980)
Sister channel(s) Rete 4
Digital Channel 5 (SD)
Channel 505 (HD)
Digital DVB-S (scrambled in Mediaguard) on Hotbird
Yes Channel 129
MC Cable Channel 205
Cablecom Channel 096
Channel 205 (digital CH-D)
Hot Channel 156

Canale 5 [kanale tʃiŋkwe] (in English Channel Five) is an Italian private television network of Mediaset. Canale 5 was the first private television network to have a national coverage in Italy in 1980.

Canale 5 is the most watched channel in Italy because Canale 5 is a classic generalist channel, which means that it is aimed at the mass family audience. The distinguishing characteristics of the channel are programmes based on completeness and variety, able to reach, through all kinds of programmes, from entertainment to drama and news.

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.

On 4 December 2012, Mediaset launched Canale 5 HD, a simulcast of Canale 5 in high-definition. Since January 2013, Canale 5 has been directed by Giancarlo Scheri.


In 1978, Telemilano, a local Milan-based broadcaster became Canale 5 two years later and began broadcasting nationally. Canale 5 was subsequently joined by Italia 1 (in 1982) and Retequattro (in 1984).


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

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