France 5

Not to be confused with France Five.
France 5
Launched 13 December 1994
Owned by France Télévisions
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 3.3% (2013, Médiamétrie)
Slogan France 5, d'intérêt public
Country France
Language French
Formerly called La Cinquième (1994–2002)
Sister channel(s) France 2
France 3
France 4
France Ô
TNT Channel 5
Canalsat Channel 5
Numericable Channel 13 (HD)
MC Cable Channel 6
Cablecom Channel 111
Channel 306 (digital CH-D)
Canalsat Channel 5
TeleFrance – Vision TV Network (UK) Channel 110 (Freeview HD)
Streaming media
FilmOn Watch live

France 5 (pronounced: [fʁɑ̃s sɛ̃k]) is a public television network in France, part of the France Télévisions group. Principally featuring educational programming, the channel's motto is la chaîne de la connaissance et du savoir (the knowledge network). In contrast to the group's two main channels, France 2 and France 3, France 5 concentrates almost exclusively on factual programming, documentaries, and discussions – 3925 hours of documentaries were broadcast in 2003[1] – with fiction confined to one primetime slot of around two hours' duration on Monday evenings.

France 5 is today available around the clock. Earlier – before completion of the switchover to digital broadcasting on 29 November 2011 – the channel's analogue frequencies had carried the programmes of the Franco-German cultural channel Arte between 19.00 each evening and 3.00 the following morning.


France 5 HD logo

France 5 was called La Cinquième (The Fifth) until January 2002. It was born officially in February 1994, more than one year after the financial collapse in April 1992 of the channel La Cinq (which was the first free private channel in France; it ceased broadcasting abruptly), reusing its past analog broadcasting network. La Cinquième started broadcasting in December 1994 with a mix of small educational programs, during the hours not used by Arte (that was founded just a few days after the death of La Cinq).

It was renamed France 5 later, when it was integrated in the new France Télévisions public holding which already grouped Antenne 2 (renamed France 2), and FR3 (France Régions 3, renamed France 3). Since then, France 5 broadcasting hours have been extended to 24 hours a day (initially available only on cable and satellite, and since spring 2005 on air within the new digital broadcasting multiplex "R1" network that supports all national public TV channels and that will replace the existing equivalent analog broadcast channels).




Youth Program

See also


  1. "Les 10 ans du succès pour France 5". Toutelatele (in French). 13 December 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2009.

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