Channel 5 has launched a news programme aimed specifically at
teenagers, called Core News.
The 15-minute show goes out at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays, replacing
the hourly news updates which used to run throughout weekend
’Channel 5 felt it wasn’t so appropriate to have that sort of update in
the middle of teenage programming,’ a spokeswoman said. ’This will help
teenagers get more involved in news.’
The company insisted the programme will still cover the main stories of
the day, but would tailor output to suit its audience. ’It will have a
lighter feel,’ the spokeswoman said.
Items will be around ten seconds each, Channel 5 said. ’It will be fast
and fact-packed,’ according to 5 News editor Gary Rogers.
The programmes’ presenter, former weatherman Jeff Moody, has also taken
over the channel’s Saturday 7am breakfast news. The half-hour programme
has been revamped to take in more entertainment and sport. There will
also be an extended location report each week with Moody.
The programme will feature a new segment presented by a member of the
public called Your News. This report will be filmed by an ITN film crew
after viewers send ideas for stories to the newsroom. The show ends with
a prediction for the following week’s number one single.