Canale 5

Canale 5 [kaˈnaːle ˈtʃiŋkwe] (in English Channel Five) is an Italian free-to-air television network of Mediaset. It was the first private television network to have a national coverage in Italy in 1980. 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.

Canale 5
Launched30 September 1980 (1980-09-30)
Owned byMediaset
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share16.7% (December 2016, [1])
Broadcast areaItaly
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
Formerly calledTeleMilano 58
Sister channel(s)Rete 4
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 5 (SD)
Canale 505 (HD)
TivùsatChannel 5 (SD/HD)
MC CableChannel 205 (SD)
CablecomChannel 096 (SD)
Channel 205 (HD)
HotChannel 156 (SD)
Sky ItaliaChannel 136 (SD)


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 Rete 4 (in 1984).


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 Canale 5 +1, Transferred from 11 July 2011 on mux Mediaset 5.

It was also available until 11 July 2011 in high definition (though forced) Canale 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 Canale 5 Plus.

On 12 May 2009, with the movie Remembered for Me, for the first time, Canale 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, Canale 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, Canale 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 Italia 1.

On 5 December 2012 Canale 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

It is the channel's interactive television service on DTT. It provides access to current news, weather forecasts, programming guides and games coded in Mhp.

In 2006, during the summer an app was launched that the users to watch Mediaset's archive television series such as Odiens, La sai l'ultima? and Il pranzo è servito.


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 Canale 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 Gori10 June 1991 – 11 May 1997
Gianpaolo Sodano12 May 1997 – 28 October 1997
Maurizio Costanzo29 October 1997 – 3 November 1999
Giorgio Gori4 November 1999 – 29 April 2001
Giovanni Modina30 April 2001 – 15 October 2006
Massimo Donelli16 October 2006 – 31 December 2012
Giancarlo Scherisince 1 January 2013


In the past, Canale 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 Italia 1's announcer).

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 Italia 1 in 2002, after the abandonment of Gabriella Golia).

Other announcers of Canale 5 (for short periods) were: Fabrizia Carminati, Alba Parietti, Paola Perego, Susanna Messaggio, Michela Rocco of Torrepadula and Daniela Castelli. Among the announcers of Canale 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 Canale 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.


Audience share

Below, monthly audience issued by AUDITEL.[2]

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberAverage per year
  • Average Monthly Day on Target Individuals 4+


  1. "Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  2. "Auditel data archive". Retrieved 28 January 2017.


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