UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is dropping its My5 channel and replacing it with 5PRIME. The new linear channel will launch on January 16th. My5 will continue to exist online as a catch-up VoD service.
5PRIME will feature a mix of first run original series alongside the best content from Channel 5 and spin offs of its most popualr brands. Shows confirmed for the launch schedule include Ben Fogle: New Lives in The Wild (pictured), GPs: Behind Closed Doors, World War I in Colour, Alaska: A Year in the Wild, Extraordinary People, Striking Out and The Great Fire. 5PRIME will also be new commission The Secret Life of Owls.
“As the home of Channel 5’s critically acclaimed premium content, 5PRIME is a welcome and complementary addition to the Channel 5 family of channels”, commented James Brown, Channel Manager of 5PRIME. “Viewers can enjoy appointment to view programmes and special themed evenings ranging from history to natural history, drama to documentary.”