Channel 5 is to double its evening news output from 16 July by
introducing a second bulletin. It will also change the time slot of its
The ITN-made 5 News will be put back from 6pm to 7.30pm and a new
half-hour bulletin will be introduced at 5.30pm. Both will be presented
by current anchorman Charlie Stayt.
Channel 5 chief executive Dawn Airey said: 'We believe (5.30pm) is the
right time to show news for a significant number of our viewers.'
A spokeswoman added: 'There is no news service nationally at 5.30 at the
moment. That old slot has never been given back to viewers and we think
there's an appetite for it.'
She explained that the move has sprung from Channel 5's general election
coverage, during which it presented an hour-long bulletin and discussion
programme between 5.30 and 6.30pm.
Channel 5 has often been derided for the quality of its output, but the
broadcaster insisted the move was not designed purely to make its
programming appear more 'serious'.
'We don't feel the need for that. This is about giving the viewer more
choice,' the spokeswoman said.
The second bulletin of the evening will be up against the last half hour
of Channel 4 News.
The early one precedes BBC1's national news bulletin. Both bulletins
will be overseen by Gary Rogers, editor of 5 News.
Channel 5 will maintain its hourly updates at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.