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More factual on Five

This month marks Jane Lighting's first season launch since taking over the top job at U.K. broadcaster Five in February. At a press conference to announce the channel's new shows, Lighting indicated that Five hopes to increase the program budget for next year, pending shareholder approval.
September 1, 2003

This month marks Jane Lighting’s first season launch since taking over the top job at U.K. broadcaster Five in February. At a press conference to announce the channel’s new shows, Lighting indicated that Five hopes to increase the program budget for next year, pending shareholder approval. Claims Lighting, ‘[Five is] the only terrestrial channel to have increased its audience year on year.’ The hope is the new programming will further bolster that audience.

The roster for the fall includes a number of factual programs, including At Home with the Eubanks, a reality show in the vein of runaway success The Osbournes. In Ozzy’s stead is British boxer Chris Eubank, who has allowed the camera to trail after him and his hapless wife and four children for six months.

Another program, Whatever Turns You On, presented by Guardian writer David Aaronovitch, probes commonly held sex myths from around the globe: for instance, do schoolgirls (and their outfits) really get the blood of Japanese men racing?

And the doc series The Curse of… returns with two programs that investigate a couple of life’s dark corners: the Internet and professional modeling.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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