Consultation: Request for change of licence conditions relating to the provision of news output on Channel 5

  • Start: 30 June 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 July 2021

We are proposing to accept the licence variation requested by Channel 5 in relation to its news provision requirements.

Channel 5 has requested the removal of the requirement to include at least one news programme in the mid-evening and a reduction to the requirement to include in each calendar year at least 120 hours of news programme between 18:00 and 22:30 (i.e. peak-time) to 20 hours. Channel 5 has requested this change in order to facilitate the replacement of the two thirty-minute news broadcasts at 17:00 and 18:30 in its current evening schedule, with a one-hour-long news broadcast from 17:00.

We are seeking responses on these proposals from stakeholders by 30 July 2021 which we will consider before taking our decision on whether to accept Channel 5’s request. We intend to publish a statement on this in September this year.

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