Canale 5

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Canale 5
Canale 5 logo 2018.svg
Launched 30 September 1980; 37 years ago (1980-09-30)
Owned by Mediaset
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 16.7% (December 2016, [1])
Country Italy
Language Italian
Broadcast area Italy
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Formerly called TeleMilano 58 (1978–1980)
Sister channel(s) Rete 4
Digital Channel 5 (SD)
Channel 505 (HD)
Tivùsat Channel 5 (SD/HD)
MC Cable Channel 205 (SD)
Cablecom Channel 096 (SD)
Channel 205 (HD)
Hot Channel 156 (SD)
Canale 5's logo from 2001 to 2018.

Canale 5 [kaˈnaːle ˈtʃiŋkwe] (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 private 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; a 2018 logo redesign incorporated this into the 5 itself.

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).


TV Series and Miniseries[edit]



Year 2000[edit]

Year 2010[edit]

Soap opera and telenovelas[edit]



Year 2000[edit]

Year 2010[edit]

Cartoons and anime[edit]

In the early eighties, Channel 5 aired one of the US and European cartoons: The Smurfs, Various Japanese Cartoon Series in the Morning Caffelatte Container and Afternoon Pomeriggio con Five.

  • Bim Bum Bam from 1991 to 1997 (previously aired and then back to Italy 1). A children's and children's box broadcast in the afternoon, featuring various cartoons (American and Japanese) and also a show for teenagers (such as the Power Rangers and Super Human Samurai phenomenon).
  • A tutto Disney aired in 1993 on Saturday afternoon in place of Bim Bum Bam, broadcast Disney's classic cartoons infiltrated by headlines and games with Irene Ferri and Riccardo Rossi. The broadcast was little appreciated and was soon deleted and replaced by Bim Bum Bam who went on airing again on Saturday.

Some animated cartoons transmitted:

Most of these cartoons were dubbed by Cristina D'Avena; Other singers of the cartoon characters of the nineties broadcast on Channel 5 were Marco Destro and, rarely, Enzo Draghi.

Digital terrestrial, 16:9 and high definition[edit]

Since 2003, the channel is also free of charge in digital terrestrial areas in areas covered by Mediaset 2 and Mediaset 4 mux, and from 26 November 2010 also in the areas covered by the Mediaset 6 mux through the deferred version of one hour Channel5 +1, Transferred from 11 July 2011 on mux Mediaset 5.

It was also available until 11 July 2011 in high definition (though forced) Channel 5 HD in regions where transition to digital terrestrial switch-off occurred and reached by mux Mediaset 6. From the end of July the high definition channel Has been re-activated on mux Mediaset 6 and is only visible in Sardinia.

Anyone who has a set top box or MHP (Multimedia Home Platform) television can enjoy the interactive features included in the broadcaster's signal (interactive TV), called Channel 5 Plus.

On 12 May 2009, with the movie Remembered for Me, for the first time, Channel 5 broadcast at 16:9; Transmissions and new format are made exclusively via the digital terrestrial signal. From 1 November of the same year, the advertising space, promo and bumper of the Mediaset networks are also broadcast.

On analogue television (with a definitive broadcast date on 4 July 2012) and on satellite signal (until 18 July 2012), the events were transmitted in 4: 3 format with letterbox format. Furthermore, the original language of the digital terrestrial audio track was not and still is not possible.

Since 1 October 2009, in the satellite broadcast, Channel 5's entire programming has been coded in Mediaguard 2 (a system used previously for service by Mediaset networks to encrypt foreign broadcasts) and Nagravision: Full use of the issuer is only possible using a Tivùsat smart card.

Mediaset always has Hotbird 13 ° E of service frequencies to power terrestrial DTT / DVB-H repeaters (transmitted in a professional mode with dedicated equipment, so it can not be tuned by the end user) only sporadically in case of testing you can receive from of the standard DVB-S2 decoders. In these frequencies there are all Mediaset channels present on digital terrestrial, but still encrypted on satellite.

To continue providing service to non-card users, a second satellite frequency has been activated from the same date (the channel identifier is capitalized) on which you can continue to receive the signal clear: Which do not hold foreigners' rights, however, are obscured by an information notice where users are invited to have a Tivùsat decoder.

On 19 September 2012, Channel 5 proposed the first Champions League match in HD on 506 of terrestrial television channel on Mediaset HD, which temporarily replaced the high definition version of Italy 1.

On 5 December 2012 Channel 5 HD was activated on mux La3 visible throughout Italy with the exception of northwestern Tuscany, where Monte Serra transmitting center has switched off the multiplex for interference

Canale 5 Plus[edit]

Canale 5 Plus is Canale 5's interactive television service on Digital Terrestrial Television. The service provides access to interactive news, weather forecasts, program guides and games in Mhp standard.

In 2006 on Cnale 5 Plus, during the summer there was an application that allowed the view of old successful Mediaset flagship programs such as Odiens, La sai l'ultima? and Il pranzo è servito.

Services currently broadcast[edit]

  • MediaVideo
An interactive version of the analog Mediavideo with the latest, news news, world news, economy, sports, a section dedicated to gossip and a horoscope.
  • Meteo
Interactive application with a detailed meteorological map of Italy for the next three days and detailed forecasts for the next 24 hours.
  • Tonight on TV
Useful application to know the premier programming of Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4.
  • Citymat
Application where you can talk with the public administration via digital terrestrial.
  • Interactive Advertising

Applications available with Internet[edit]

Applications are only available by connecting the digital terrestrial decoder or television to the internet and being a device with DGTVi sticker Gold.

  • Games portal
Application with 4 games such as 6 Signs, Color Block, Finder and Trappole Invisibili.
  • TGCom
nteractive version of TGCom with up-to-date news.
  • SportMediaset
Up-to-date sports news.

Applications previously aired[edit]

Among the previously aired applications are:

  • Filmmakers
It was an interactive application with the plot, cast and curiosity on the movie being aired on Channel 5, until 2009. With certain movies, there was a choice of the original audio of the movie.
  • Fiction Portal
Interactive application with plot, cast and curiosity on Channel 5 fiction.
  • Soap Portal
Application with plot, cast and curiosity on Canal 5 soap opera.
  • Interactive TG5
Interactive application with a screen divided into 4 windows where you could choose whether to display all the Tg5 or 3 of the most important news services. It was broadcast from 13.30 to 20.30 for about 2 hours until 2009.


The current logo of the network is a 5 overlapped by the stylized head of Biscione (reference to the Visconti family and the city of Milan), from whose mouth, unlike the original, comes out a flower. There is also a second interpretation, according to which the queue of the Biscione is placed at five (even if the 5 is written with a typographical font).

The first promotional slogan of Channel 5 was: Corri a casa in tutta fretta, c'è un Biscione che ti aspetta. The biscione logo is in use (albeit through various graphic restyling) ever since 1974 since the network was called Tele Milano. It is still today in the main brand of the Mediaset company and its ramifications.


Name Period
Giorgio Gori 10 June 1991 – 11 May 1997
Gianpaolo Sodano 12 May 1997 – 28 October 1997
Maurizio Costanzo 29 October 1997 – 3 November 1999
Giorgio Gori 4 November 1999 – 29 April 2001
Giovanni Modina 30 April 2001 – 15 October 2006
Massimo Donelli 16 October 2006 – 31 December 2012
Giancarlo Scheri since 1 January 2013


In the past, Channel 5 had her mistress good evening.

The first announcer of the network was Eleonora Brigliadori, active from September 1980 to May 1984.

After that, Fiorella Pierobon, who was the longest advertiser of the network, was active for 19 years, from May 1984 to June 2003 (previously Pierobon was Italy's announcer 1).

In June 2003, Pierobon, reporting directly to Striscia la notizia, announced that he would have abandoned his role as Miss Goodnight to engage in other projects and was replaced (after a long selection in the 2003 Velone Summer Program) by Lisa Gritti, Which was active for only a year and a little longer, from September 2003 to December 2005, as it was abandoned after a scandal broke out, stripped of the Striscia la notizia, where the announcer was also involved.

After the resignation of the Gritti, the network decided to forgo this figure (as was the case with Italy 1 in 2002, after the abandonment of Gabriella Golia).

Other announcers of Channel 5 (for short periods) were: Fabrizia Carminati, Alba Parietti, Paola Perego, Susanna Messaggio, Michela Rocco of Torrepadula and Daniela Castelli. Among the announcers of Channel 5 can also be Barbara d'Urso, who at the end of the seventies was Miss Telemilano 58, tonight, the local television broadcaster later transformed into Channel 5.

The background music of the ads used from 1980 to 1993 was composed by Augusto Martelli, while the one used from 1993 to 2005 was composed by Alessandro Radici. The first background was never officially released by RTI, while the second, whose full version lasted 1 minute and 33 seconds, was released for digital download from the now-existing Mediaset, MusicShop.


Share 24h* Channel 5[edit]

Below, average monthly listening data in the total day received by the issuer.[2]

January February March April May June July August September October November December Average per year
2011 17,81% 17,42% 18,49% 18,17% 17,71% 18,381%| 16.01% 16.00% 16,00% 14,92% 15,62% 16,45%
2012 16,73% 16,62% 17,00% 16,78% 15,62% 12,86% 11,80% 11,03% 15,50% 15,93% 15,96% 14,85% 15,05%
2013 16,00% 15,69% 15,62% 14,76% 14,18% 13,39% 12,66% 11,88% 15,35% 16,34% 16,20% 15,14% 14,76%
2014 15,22% 16,07% 17,32% 15,55% 16,18% 13,20% 12,28% 11,69% 14,58% 16,69% 17,32% 15,15% 15,10%
2015 16,10% 16,48% 17,46% 16,21% 16,53% 14,75% 13,59% 12,04% 14,92% 15,65% 15,56% 13,97% 15,27%
2016 15,56% 15,52% 16,60% 17,19% 17,06% 13,85% 13,71% 11,90% 15,48% 16,80% 16,89% 15,25% 15,01%17,48%
2017 16,04% 16,06% 16,73% 16,48% 16,63% 14,46% 13,60% 11,73% 14,64% 16,87% 17,10% 15.20% 15,46%

*Average Monthly Day on Target Individuals 4+


  1. ^ "Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Auditel data archive". Retrieved 28 January 2017.



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