5 News (Channel 5)

5 News is a broadcaster that is part of ITN as well as ITV and Channel 4 news, that first aired in 1997. The programme is a 30 minute show that is broadcasted at 5pm on channel 5, it is fronted by Sian Williams and it gives an outline of the main stories of the day. The programme has changed contracts between Sky News and ITN, before settling for ITN in 2012. The show relays a distinctive outlook on the national stories of that day .

The news agenda of the show is based upon the values of those who produce it, ITN. This is shown within the programme’s content as not only does it act as Channel 5’s flagship programme it also stands in line with other ITN produced news shows such as Channel 4 and ITV. However, this does not dictate the overall content of the show as 5 News is also known for their original style of covering the news by putting people at the heart of what they cover. With over 5 million viewers in 2016, they win over their audience which seems to be aimed at a British working class population which is of a small size compared to news programmes on a larger scale such as the BBC.  Therefore, this influences the stories which are chosen to be covered on the programme. For example the top story took up a lot of the programme’s content for 11th May 2017, consisted around the theme of the upcoming general election which will take place 8th June 2017, within the story it included what both Labour and Conservatives campaign strategies were and how the British public felt about it. This is an example of how 5 News aims to be a voice to and for its viewers, in contrast with news broadcasters such as the BBC who produce content for those interested in a global scale.

The Channel 5 news show’s reputation for taking an “innovative approach to television news”. 5 News ensures that the stories it shares meet this standard, which is why they focus on telling stories in a unique way. An example of this is through telling real life stories, as in the same programme as what the general election was covered in 5 News covered a story about the selling of fake diet pills online and how a women had been critically ill after buying them herself. This shows a contrast between the broadcaster and others such as BBC, ITV and Channel 4 who would not focus on abstract stories such as this due to the fact that they believe in enterprising rather then originality.

5 News at 5pm is presented solely by Sian Williams who has over 30 years of experience in the broadcast Journalism field, she brings a warm and colloquial feel to the pre watershed studio setting. This particular set up aids the programme as it ultimately gives off the bold and distinct image they wish to display. Which contrasts with ITV’s 6’o clock news which has two presenters to give a more formal and hard news feel. The 5 News format is more beneficial for a pre watershed audience as it gives off a sharp and straight to the point that an audience wants to see from the first evening news programme of the day.

An interesting aspect of the 5 News programme was that the main studio presenter, Sian Williams moved around the studio between each news story package and in some episodes can be seen talking to the field reporters live about the story they had covered. This enables the programme to highlight a relaxed feel and makes the programme more engaging to it’s intended audience.

Overall, 5 News is a down to earth broadcaster which works to their advantage. It’s news agenda’s primary focus on the people gives its viewers a perspective as well as reflecting their own opinions. It is unique and relays a format in which other networks are just not willing to offer. The authentic presentation of the programme allows not only a different experience compared to if they watched BBC News, ITV News or Channel 4 but at the same time complies with giving the audience a conventional story telling experience.



Lancashire Scouts want St George’s Day to be recognised more in the UK.

Lancashire scouts believe St George’s Day should be more recognised across the UK.

South Ribble’s scouting association gathered in Leyland town centre for another time to celebrate their annual St George’s Day Parade, Sunday 23rd April 2017.

St George’s Day is an important date to remember by the scouts as his qualities are what every good scout should reflect.

Skip Lis, Scout Leader for St Ambrose Church division, Leyland said: “The reason we celebrate St George’s Day is because he’s not only the patron saint of England, he’s actually our patron saint of scouting as well.”

Members of 52 groups in Lancashire including the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers all took part in the event.

The Parade began in its usual place St Mary’s RC Church, Leyland at 2pm, and after a half an hour church service the group walked to Worden Park to continue their precessions until 4pm.

The event saw a mass of people from the Leyland community line the streets to watch the scouts in action.

💥ST George’s Day Parade 💥
Sunday 23rd April meeting 1pm on the grass op. St Mary’s Church, Broadfield Drive.


Posted by Leyland St Ambrose Scout Group on Monday, 10 April 2017

Scout groups across Lancashire have prepared for the parade by advertising publicly through social media about the event and what activities will be going on throughout the day.

“All scout groups always advertise the St George’s Day Parade, as most scout groups now have multimedia; Facebook and Twitter, so they are all advertising all the activities we are doing throughout the day.”

Celebrations for the annual occasion have took place in Leyland for many years now as St Mary’s RC Church is the biggest church in South Ribble.

Leyland Labour Candidate uses Facebook Boost to win votes.

Labour candidate for Leyland uses Facebook Boost to get his message across to local voters.

Local election Labour Councillor, Matthew Tomlinson has talked about how he hopes his use of social media will sway voters in the local elections 2017.

In his election campaign this year the Labour councillor talked about how Facebook Boost has helped him gain more publicity.

Matthew Tomlinson, said: “If I pay Facebook a fiver, I can get up to 3,000 people seeing my posts.”

Now in the last couple of weeks of the election the Labour candidate will concentrate on this group of people as with 3,000 votes he can win the election.

“I’ve got the data so I now know who to go to, to get to vote and if I only get those people it will still be enough for me to win.”

Facebook has been the best method for the councillor since his campaign began in November 2016, and is an easier way for him to connect with his followers on a wider scale.

The councillor also uses other methods of social media such as Twitter to let voters know his daily schedule and his plans if elected another time.

Lancashire County Council elections will take place on 4th May with over 315 candidates competing for 84 seats in county hall.

“I do try to be an active, high profile councillor who has quite a good relationship with the local press, and I do try and get myself out there.”

Over the past couple of years has used methods such as Newsletters, Christmas cards and knocking on local resident’s doors.

“If I’m honest, you catch about 1 in 5 houses actually in, but we do leave a card at all the houses to let people know that if they have any issues to contact us directly.”

Since having Facebook boost Mr Tomlinson has been able to target his voters directly and has been able to react to problems and queries they have faster than when Facebook wasn’t his primary campaign material.

Matthew Tomlinson has been a member of the council for many years and has taken on roles for areas such as Cabinet member for Children, Young people and schools, as well as currently already being a councillor for Leyland Central in which he hopes to get re-elected for this year.

Just over a week to go until elections for LCC…..

Posted by Councillor Matthew Tomlinson on Wednesday, 26 April 2017