Channel 5 (Singapore)

Channel 5 is a 24-hour Singapore English free-to-air nationwide terrestrial television channel. Its programming mainly consists of English language dramas, movies, sports, reality show, variety show, news, current affairs, children's programming and game shows. Local editions of imported programmes such as Singapore Idol, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Deal or No Deal have also been aired on the channel.

Channel 5
Launched15 February 1963 (1963-02-15) (Pilot)
2 April 1963 (1963-04-02) (Analogue)
1 January 2019 (2019-01-01) (Digital)
Closed1 January 2019 (2019-01-01) (Analogue)
NetworkMediacorp TV
Owned byMediacorp
Picture format1080i 16:9 HDTV
SloganIt's Good To Be Home on Five
Broadcast areaSingapore
HeadquartersMediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
Formerly calledOkto TV
Sister channel(s)Channel 8
Channel U
WebsiteMediacorp Channel 5
AnalogueChannel 5
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 29
StarHub TVChannel 102 (HD)
Singtel TVChannel 2 (HD)
Streaming media
ToggleAvailable on Toggle website or mobile app
(Singapore only)


Channel 5 was launched as its first pilot television service on 15 February 1963 at 6:00pm as "Televisyen Singapura". The channel operated one hour forty five minutes monochrome service on black and white during its test transmissions on daily at 6pm to 7.45pm. It was officially formally regular television service began on 2 April that year at 7.15pm as "Saluran 5 Televisyen Singapura" with four hour broadcasts on daily at 7.15pm until 11.15pm.

Channel 5 began its first colour television signal on 1 May 1974, with the airing of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Adventures of Black Beauty as the first colour television series. On 7 July that year, it held its first live telecast during the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final between West Germany and Netherlands via satellite television.

On 1 November 1977, the network started broadcasting 24-hours of colour transmissions. On 1 February 1980, RTS was renamed as Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). It officially started broadcasting in stereo on 1 August 1990. Channel 5 officially revamp the channel logo for a new look to first channel in Singapore and became the full English channel on 1 January 1994.

Channel 5 officially began broadcasting 24-hours a day on 25 September 1995.

In May 2013, in honor of the golden jubilee of Singapore Television, minor primetime schedules saw revamp such as movies were moved from Mondays to Fridays timeslot (Okto's counterpart, Okto@themovies, swapped the timeslot from Friday to Monday as well), with a rebranding of the schedule. These movie slots (Friday Mega Movie, Stay Home Saturday and Sunday Prime Movie/Blockbuster Sunday, except Friday Night Movie and Scary Scary Saturday) would merge into CineOn5 starting in 2017.

On 1 November 2014, the channel was announced a revamp in terms on programme, billed as "Local Upsize", as some primetime programmes were moved 30-minutes earlier (such as moving News 5 (formerly News 5 Tonight) from 9.30pm to 9pm), and the start of the Super 7 prime time belt with effect on 31 December that year.[1] On 1 January 2015, prime time 8.30pm half-hour programs such as The 5 Show became a permanent programme for the first half of the year until 30 June that year where a long-running drama, Tanglin premieres, followed by Kin starting 1 October 2018. During the 3rd quarter of 2018, the 10pm to 12mn weeknight schedule (with the exception of Friday schedule and the 11pm slot dedicated to foreign drama series), under the "Showtime@10" slot, had also made a revamp into week-by-week schedule basis. Since then, locally-produced seasonal dramas airing from Monday to Thursday has been reduced to only on Mondays, while the Tuesday block added a new slot called "Lights, Camera, Singapore" (which features locally-produced movies), and Wednesday block is now airing current affairs specials produced by CNA.

On 1 May 2019, the channel's morning and midday blocks was revamped and renamed to Okto on 5. The move is due to the closure of free-to-air children's and sport channel okto. The programmes replaced simulcast of CNA's breakfast news bulletin and reruns. On the other hand, the programming for the prime time and late-night blocks was retained.[2]

High-definition feed

The high-definition feed of Channel 5 was launched as HD5 on 1 January 2007. It was specifically created for major events, such as the Singapore National Day Parade and matches from the national football team. During its first years, HD5's programming was mainly originally produced in standard definition at 4:3, so it was upscaled and aired with pillarbox. The channel's operating hours were extended to 24-hours in the duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics to provide extra daily coverage of those events. On 1 December 2013, another HD feed of the channel was launched as a simulcast network, airing Channel 5's programming on high-definition live. On 1 March 2017, due to the digital terrestrial television availability nationwide, HD5 was discontinued in favour of Channel 5 HD.


  • List of programmes broadcast by Mediacorp Channel 5


  1. "Local Upsize on MediaCorp's new Channel 5". Television Asia Plus. 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  2. "Mediacorp integrates English-language channels Channel 5 and okto". Channel NewsAsia. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
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