Have Broadcast lost their minds - they've named Channel 5 their "Channel of the Year" in the Broadcast Awards.
It's their second Channel of the Year in less than 2 years so they're doing something right.
Can anyone explain what? They've spent most the year rehashing low-rent content.
The channel is only defined on here by their rehashed stuff. Realistically the channel is actually full of a lot of decent quality factual shows and increasingly drama and they've certainly had a consistently better schedule than Channel 4's year of decline has offered.
It's worth remembering this is an industry award and is about what they've been doing off-screen as much as on. They've championed initiatives that have massively increased the number of regional indies they've been working with and supporting. Daisybeck is a good example of a company that was failing but managed to find great success through C5 and are now one of the most important production companies in Yorkshire. They've just launched a similar initiative with BAME indies which is only good news for the wider industry.
They've got a significantly smaller (and well regarded) commissioning team and budget than C4 but are constantly punching above their weight and now regularly beating them in the ratings. It's important to remember these countdown shows and rehashed docs cost barely anything, I believe the countdown docs are made for £15k which is pennies in TV terms. Ultimately they free up budget for better shows in other parts of the schedules. The other channels do this as well (You've Been Framed, C4's Caught on Camera the other night) but less regularly simply because they have a bigger budget.
It was the only PSB to increase its all hours share last year so it must be doing something right.
So yes ultimately a well deserved award.