Channel 5 1997 Launch

Channel 5 started broadcasting to the nation (well most of it) at 6pm on March 30th 1997. The channel was dogged with problems before it even started. The terrestrial frequencies that had been allocated for the channel in most areas clashed with theose already used for video recorders. A massive retuning program started to make sure people could view the channel. Certain areas of the country couldn’t receive Channel 5 – one area, the south of England, will not receive the channel as it will interfere with French tv broadcasts.

A few weeks after the launch, Channel 5 started broadcasting free-to-air on the Astra satellite, so those with Sky boxes could recieve the channel. Channel 5 could basically be described as a terrestrial version of Sky One.

Channel 5 Pre-Launch Test Transmissions

These leaflets from Channel 5 explain how to tune in

Some pages from the Radio Times…

Channel 5 (Terrestrial Launch) – March 30th 1997

Channel 5 Launch

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

30th March 1997

Views: 2443

Format: 4:3

Channel 5 (Satellite Launch) – April 23rd 1997