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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 Television Singapore
2 April 1963 as Television Singapore Channel 5
Network Mediacorp TV
Television Malaysia
(28 December 1963-9 August 1965
Owned by Mediacorp
Picture format 16:9 & 4:3 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i50 (HDTV)
Audience share 2.2% (P4+, 2015, [1][2])
Slogan Where It All Happens
(1 January 1994-2 July 1995)
Your World At Home on 5
(3 July 1995-28 February 1999)
For Pure Entertainment, Give Me 5
(1 March 1999-11 February 2001)
Home of Your Favourites
(12 February 2001-31 December 2006)
Entertaining Your First
(1 January 2007-31 December 2007)
Come Home to 5
(1 January 2008-31 December 2014)
It's Good to be Home on 5
(1 January 2015-present)
Country Singapore
Language English
Broadcast area Singapore, Johor and Batam
Headquarters The Caldecott Broadcasting Centre
Formerly called Television Singapore
(15 February 1963-1 April 1963)
The Fifth Frequency
(23 November 1963-31 December 2004)
Television Singapore Channel 5
(2 April 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 - Analog (PAL) Channel 5 VHF (175.25 MHz)
Mediacorp - Digital (DVB-T) Channel 38 UHF (610 MHz) Multiplex carrying Mediacorp channels digitally.(SD)/(HD)
Mediacorp - Digital (DVB-T2) Channel 29 UHF (538 MHz) (LCN 02) (HD)
StarHub TV Channel 102 (SD)
Channel 155 (HD)
Mediacorp (via SCV socket) Channel 5 VHF (175.25 MHz)
Singtel TV Channel 2/305 (HD)
Streaming media
Live Streaming

Mediacorp Channel 5 (Chinese: 5頻道, Before 1 January 2005: 新加坡電視 (English: "Television Singapore") and 第5波道 (English: "Saluran 5" and "5th Frequency") is a 24-hour English general news and entertainment free-to-air terrestrial television channel in Singapore.

From its major revamp in 2015 and as part of SG50, its main mission is to promote a happier and more enlightened Singapore. Believing strongly in the provision of wholesome entertainment, good family and community values, good racial harmony, good corporate citizenship, and the promotion of national integration, the station works on an appointment-based programming concept reflecting its philosophy of being "It's Good to be Home on 5".

Programmes on Channel 5 normally include English dramas, 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.


Channel 5 was launched as its first pilot television service on 15 February 1963as "Televisyen Singapura (Chinese: 新加坡電視)". The channel operated two hours of monochrome service as test transmissions.

Channel 5 officially inaugurated its regular television broadcast service on 2 April 1963 as "Saluran 5 Televisyen Singapura (Chinese: 新加坡電視第5波道)", although the station also aired Mandarin programmes at the time. Its sister station Saluran 8 Televisyen Singapura (Chinese: 新加坡電視第8波道) was launched on 23 November 1963 with a mix of Chinese and Tamil language programmes.

Following the separation from Malaysia, radio became Radio Singapore and television became Television Singapura. Operations were merged into Radio Television Singapore (RTS, Chinese: 新加坡廣播電視) and it was relocated from Singapore Television Centre to Caldecott Broadcast Centre on 27 August 1966.

Channel 5 began its first colour television signal on 1 May 1974, with one of the few colour programmes such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Adventures of Black Beauty and broadcast the first live colour telecast of the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final between West Germany and Netherlands via satellite television on 7 July 1974.

Channel 5 (along with Channel 8) broadcast its first ever Singapore National Day Parade in colour live on 9 August 1974 direct from the Padang grounds in both English and Malay.

Channel 5 started their full-time colour broadcasts (along with Channel 8) on 1 November 1977. RTS officially became the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC, Chinese: 新加坡廣播局) on 1 February 1980.

Channel 5 along with Channel 8 and Channel 12 officially began broadcasting in stereo on 1 August 1990, in conjunction with Singapore's 25th National Day.

Channel 5 officially revamped the channel's logo for a new look and Malay programmes were transferred to Channel 12 (now Suria), which went on to become a full-fledged English channel on 1 January 1994 at 00:00 SST. However, on Channel 12, Malay programmes were being broadcast and Channel 5 later worked on an appointment-based programming concept reflecting its philosophy of being "Where It All Happens". This was the year that the channel aired Singapore's 1st ever English language drama.

Channel 5 officially began broadcasting breakfast programmes on a weekday basis. "AM Singapore" premiered on 29 August 1994 at 06:00 SST.

Channel 5 was privatized on 1 October 1994 as SBC was privatised into a new holding company's Singapore International Media (SIM Group of Companies, Chinese: 新加坡國際傳媒機構) to own our television and radio form 3-companies such: Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS, Chinese: 新加坡電視機構), Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS, Chinese: 新加坡廣播電台機構) and Singapore Television Twelve (STV12, Chinese: 新加坡電視12).

Channel 5 officially began broadcasting 24-hours a day on 29 September 1995 while Channel 8 began broadcasting 24 hours a day permanently on 1 September 1995 (which is 4 weeks earlier).

Channel 5 was re-structured again on 12 February 2001 as TCS, RCS and STV12 became MediaCorp TV (Chinese: 新傳媒電視), MediaCorp Radio (Chinese: 新傳媒廣播電台) and MediaCorp TV12 (Chinese: 新傳媒電視12).

On 1 January 2007, HD5 was launched and Channel 5 became the first digital terrestrial television station in Singapore to broadcast in high-definition and this channel is currently upgraded to HD with using DVB-T2 version and on 1 December 2013, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham began broadcasting in HD.

On 15 February 2013, MediaCorp TV celebrated its 50-year anniversary of television.


The station, along with its sister stations TCS-8 (Chinese: 新視第8波道) and TCS-12 (Chinese: 新視第12波道), were privatized on 1 October 1994 and became a part of the new Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS, Chinese: 新加坡電視機構).

Further restructuring were made and by 12 February 2001, TCS became Media Corporation of Singapore (Mediacorp Singapore, Chinese: 新傳媒電視).

Competition with SPH MediaWorks

In an effort to inject competition into the Singaporean television broadcasting industry, the government allowed Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) to operate television stations, which resulted in the establishment of SPH MediaWorks (Chinese: 報業傳訊). It offered two television channels: SPH MediaWorks Channel U (Chinese: 報業傳訊优頻道) and SPH MediaWorks Channel i (Chinese: 報業傳訊愛頻道, it was formerly known as SPH MediaWorks TV Works (Chinese: 報業傳訊電視通)). It began recruiting artistes through its own talent search programme Route to Glamour and a number of former Television Corporation of Singapore artists also transferred over.

Mediacorp Channel 8 was formerly known as the "Eight Frequency" and SPH MediaWorks Channel U were both locked in a fierce ratings battle with each station releasing statistics indicating that they are prevailing over the other station. The ratings battle began to cool in New Year's Eve on 2004 when Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew commented that Singapore's size cannot sustain more than one television station for each language. This spurred the 2-sides into a merger negotiation, which was completed on New Year's Eve in 2004. The Fifth Frequency and Eighth Frequency were officially renamed "Mediacorp Channel 5" (Chinese: 新傳媒電視5频道) and "Mediacorp Channel 8" (Chinese: 新傳媒電視8频道) respectively, with the station works on an appointment-based programming concept reflecting its philosophy of "Entertaining You First".

Logo history

Transmission hours

Channel 5 is a 24-hour operating channel.

Each day at 05:58 SST, the Majulah Singapura (the National Anthem of the Republic of Singapore) is played on this channel.

Local programmes

In addition to foreign programmes, Channel 5 also produces some sitcoms, dramas and local adaptations of some overseas entertainment programmes like Growing Up. The first sitcom produced by Channel 5 was called Under One Roof, and 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 & Thief, Sayang Sayang, and Living with Lydia. However, Mr. Kiasu was abruptly cancelled in 2002 due to the overuse 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.


Mediacorp Channel 5 HD (Chinese: 高清5頻道) is a simulcast and DVB-T2 version of Mediacorp Channel 5 in high-definition (HD). All of its programmes were still made in standard-definition are upscaled on the output will be in high-definition. The channel was re-launched on 1 December 2013 after launch the Mediacorp HD5 of DVB-T version on 1 January 2007.

The rest of the programming hours consists of mainly upconverted resolution Mediacorp Channel 5 simulcast.

For the duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics to increased of 24-hour broadcasting in daily to provide extra coverage of Summer Olympic Games events.

Mediacorp Channel 5 HD and Mediacorp HD5 was created specifically for major events such as the National Day Parade and the Singapore national football team matches (now shown on Okto as Sports on Okto).


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  1. ^ “P4+” refers to people aged 4 and above (2015 potential viewer base is 5,224,000)