London 4th April 2022: Channel 5 announced today that leading broadcaster Dan Walker is joining Channel 5 as presenter of the flagship news programme, 5 News. The move will also see him present a slate of new shows on the channel.
Dan is leaving his role on BBC Breakfast to join the team at 5 News to become lead anchor of the recently re-launched hour-long 5pm bulletin. He will also have an expanded role that will see him become a familiar face across the channel. His distinguished career in news and broadcasting has seen him cover major breaking news stories, international sporting events and conduct high profile interviews.
Dan joins Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije who co-presents 5 News which is produced by ITN. The arrival of Dan Walker on the channel continues the evolution of the news on Channel 5. With up to 5.2 million viewers tuning in every week, 5 News plays an important part in the UK's media landscape. 5 News provides a unique perspective on the day's stories, delivering a greater depth of analysis to a teatime audience from around the UK.
As well as 5 News anchor, Dan’s role will include fronting a range of brand-new non-news programming for Channel 5.
Ben Frow, Director of Content for Paramount UK said: “Dan Walker joining the Channel shows that Channel 5 attracts leading talent. Dan is a renowned broadcaster and we’re looking forward to seeing him not just fronting 5 News but bringing his experience to programming across Channel 5 as we continue to develop and grow our output.”
Dan Walker said: “I can't wait to get stuck into the daily news show but I am also excited about making some great new TV for Channel 5. I love their ideas and creativity and it’s rare to get an opportunity like this where paths and ambitions meet. The chance to do something different was too good to turn down.”
Daniel Pearl, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, at Channel 5 (VP) said: “We’re delighted that Dan Walker is joining the fantastic team at 5 News, as an anchor he will be instrumental in the success of Channel 5’s News output as it continues to grow and evolve.”
5 News re-launched in November and has been welcomed by viewers for its original journalism with a strong regional focus that puts the audience at the heart of the story.
Editor of 5 News, Cait FitzSimons said: “I’m hugely excited about Dan’s decision to join 5 News. We pride ourselves on the deep connection we have with our viewers across the country, and this is a key strength of Dan’s, helping secure his place as one of Britain’s best and most popular broadcasters. I look forward to working with him to build on the success of our new hour-long programme and finding more ways to tell stories that touch viewers’ lives across the nation.”
Dan Walker will replace Dr Sian Williams as lead anchor. Sian has presented 5 News since 2016 and announced in March that she would be stepping down from daily news presenting to take up more wide-ranging opportunities while continuing to host her regular strand Mind Matters with Dr Sian for 5 News as well as special projects and documentaries for the channel and ITN.
5 News is produced by ITN led by Cait FitzSimons as Editor and airs weekdays from 5pm- 6pm on Channel 5.
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About Channel 5
Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third largest commercial TV station. Launched in March 1997, Channel 5 has been part of Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS) since its acquisition in September 2014.
Channel 5 and its digital brands – 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select, 5Action and the on-demand service My5 – offer a diverse range of issue-led documentaries & popular factual, accessible history, stunning natural history, premium drama and critically-acclaimed children’s, news and current affairs programming. Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 leads on societal issues from inequality to inner city gang life, homelessness to mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation.
In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald and was named ‘Channel of the Year’ at the Edinburgh TV Festival. The following year it won best documentary prizes for The Abused at the RTS Awards, Edinburgh TV Awards and the Association of International Broadcasters Awards. In 2020, Channel 5 was crowned Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards and by the RTS.
For over sixty-six years, ITN has been one of the UK’s foremost television production and news organisations. Combining cutting-edge technology and innovation with expert story-telling flair and energy, ITN is recognised globally for its quality, integrity and creativity.
ITN makes the award-winning daily news programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, providing comprehensive and impartial news to the British public and reaching millions of viewers every day. ITN Productions, ITN’s independent production division, produces high quality content across seven distinct areas: television production; sports; advertising; industry-specific programming; education content; entertainment and news footage syndication; and post-production.
Each year, ITN Productions makes over 650 hours year of non-news unscripted content for UK and International broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, the BBC, Netflix, Discovery, Amazon and NBC including: History 101, Drug Lords (Netflix); North Korea with Michael Palin (Channel 5); Queen’s Green Planet; Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, Trevor McDonald and the Killer Nurse, Inside the Court of Appeal (ITV); Inside the Supermarket (BBC One); Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen (Discovery ID); Elizabeth (Channel 5/SBS); Flight 370: The Missing Links (DNI); The Road to Waco (Smithsonian Channel); and The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed (Oxygen Channel). It also produces Channel 5’s flagship daily daytime show, Jeremy Vine.
ITN Productions Sport is the worldwide production partner for World Athletics and was the host broadcaster for the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha. The Sport division also works with clients including the English Premier League, International Cricket Council, IOC, Team GB, News UK and CBS. ITN Productions Advertising creates bespoke commercials and branded content for a wide range of clients including 02, M&S, Matalan, Tesco, TSB, Virgin Holidays and the National Lottery.
About Paramount Global
Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic studios, networks and streaming services, its portfolio of consumer brands includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, Paramount Global provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions.