Channel 5 News at 5- Viewing Blog

Channel 5 News at 5 rebranded in 2016 in an attempt to diversify it’s news agenda and differ from its past and its competitors. Channel 5 now aim to attract a more youthful, lighter demographic of 16-24 year olds, adapting their content to be used across a variety of platforms. Channel 5 offer a variety of news in their agenda.

On February 27th, 5 News reported a follow-up on the sexual abuse of children sent overseas from after the war. The ULAY-SOT with images and clips from the time of the event/story engages the reader and works effectively in helping visualise just how these victims lived their lives. The SOT uses minor sentences including statistics and data, creating an emotional atmosphere to sit behind the visuals. The interview with a former child migrant enabled the viewer to build a rapport with the victims and reflect on the events. A re-opened case with a clip from a lawyer brought the story to relevance for modern-day viewing. Harcupp and O’Neil (2001) said magnitude and follow-up were both key factors in news, both of which apply to this news story.

Sky News at 10 also covered the enquiry into historical child sex abuse. Unlike 5 news who chose to make this story it’s main story, Sky News chose to wait until mid-way through the programme. Sky News took an alternative approach, with the presenter simply explaining the follow-up and then transitioned to a correspondent, the ULAY-SOT was aesthetically touching with the voice of a child migrant victim overlaying a montage of old shots. Both programmes interviewed the same victim, however Sky chose to go into more detail with the abuse and actual circumstances- Sky News’ style is much more in detail, with being a 24-hour news outlet with a large proportion of its views coming from housewives who have a lot of time on their hands, they are able to have larger stories like this.

On April 3rd, 5 News reported on the St Petersburg Metro Explosion. Channel 5 used clips and videos from secondary sources such as Twitter in a ULAY-SOT in order to gain footage from those who were present at the time of the incident. The use of statistics and data behind the ULAY allows the viewers to gain more information on the actual extent of the potential terror attack and the number of people that were in fact in danger. BBC News at 10 also reported on the explosion, Harcupp and O’Neill (2010) said that magnitude was a key factor in news, a large story like  potential terror attack is relevant and has a large impact on not only Russia where it took place, but also the world. BBC News at 10 chose to angle the story around Russia’s state of high alert over recent years. Both news programmes used a reference to elite persons (Galtung and Ruge, 1965), Vladimir Putin, with 5 News just showing his statement released after the attack. With BBC News at 10 having a news agenda that is very focused on current affairs, they chose to extend the statements from Putin by having a phone-in interview with Oliver Carroll, the managing director of the Moscow Times. Using such an authoritative figure along side a montage of footage from the event and on-screen graphics with data and figures about deaths, injuries and all the breaking news unveils the programme reporting on a follow-up story- unlike channel 5 news at 5, BBC have presented their news in a way which will give time for any follow-up news. Channel 5 News seem to have not devoted as much time to the attack, perhaps due to their new diversified news agenda where they wish to appeal more to  younger demographic.

On April 3rd also, Channel 5 News at 5 also did a follow-up story on Ian Paterson, a cancer surgeon who has been accused of carrying out unnecessary operations for his own gain. In the report, 5 news portrayed their attempt to diversify their presenting style when referencing an interview between Paterson and Julian Christopher QC. The interview was presented in a text message-style visual, with each exchange being presented as a text to the other person. This was an attempt to make the story seem more appealing to their new, younger audience, while still ensuring all the facts were portrayed as they should be.


Manchester’s self-employed are faced with new costs

The economy in Manchester is one of the largest in England.

Since the financial crisis, there has been a 28% rise in self-employment with an estimated 163,000+ people in Greater Manchester alone.

It is estimated that by 2020, half of working people will be self-employed.


But why so many people?

The issues faced all began from the financial crisis, where international money markets drew back in fear of the recession. Companies cut back and many people found themselves jobless.

In 2015, unemployment in Greater Manchester rose to 213,000 between April and June.

After being a city that was branded a prime example of urban regeneration following the IRA bombing, why have we as a city become unemployed and unable to find a job again?

For many, the only option left was self-employment.

( For image source click here )

So why did everyone choose self-employment?

The advent of social media, the development of technology and an increase in accessibility meant that starting up a business from scratch was almost a ‘simple option’.

One idea can instantly become a reality, with social media growing constantly, your idea can quickly become very popular.

Websites such as allow setting up an online portfolio of work to be simple and straight-forward. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook also became huge in growing self-made business due to the advanced search tools they have on offer.



What NOW?!?

In March of this year, the government proposed that they were going to increase the rate of national insurance for self-employed people due to the huge increase in those who are registering themselves as self-employed.

The Chancellor has claimed that those who are registering as self-employed are not paying enough tax in relation to those who are not self-employed.

The Chancellor said an employed person earning £32,000 would pay National Insurance contributions, between them and their employer, of £6,170, while a self-employed person earning the same amount would pay just £2,300.

What would this mean for self-employed people? Will they have to return to work for an employer? Would they have money trouble?

I took on the task of speaking to a recently self-employed accountant, Suzanne Rooney. I asked for her thoughts on self-employment and the recent increase in national insurance and how it may affect many self-employed people across Manchester.

Suzanne Rooney set up her own accountancy business in 2015, ‘Sue Rooney Accountancy’ after previously being made redundant.



Mental Health in Manchester’s Youth

Possibly one of the most rapidly-increasing and concerning issues in modern day society… mental health in young people.

ONE in FIVE young adolescents has a diagnosable mental health issue.

Nearly 80,000 children and young adults suffer from SEVERE DEPRESSION.

195,000 young people have an ANXIETY disorder.

The number of young people admitted to HOSPITAL for DELIBERATE SELF HARM has increased by 68% over the past TEN years.



One area with a much higher rate of mental illness compared to the rest of England is Manchester. The highest rate of self harm cases in Manchester were in 15-19 year old females. In 2010-2011 , 7,334 young people were admitted to A&E for self harm; 49% of those were admitted for treatment…THIS FIGURE IS STILL RISING, WE NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE.

I decided to do some research around the Manchester area surrounding mental wellbeing of young people.


I interviewed Megan Oliver, an 18-year-old girl from Manchester. Megan has suffered with depression, anxiety, self-harm, bulimia and panic disorder throughout her childhood. I spoke to her about her personal experiences growing up with mental health issues.





Unrealistic representations of people on social media has been one of the largest instigators for mental health issues. Young men and women find themselves comparing themselves to photoshopped and edited pictures of celebrities that are plastered online.



If you feel like you have no way out, you are not alone. There are so many people there for you. In this day and age, many people find talking about mental health problems scary, but the availability of help is also a problem- money, waiting lists and also the daunting thought of having to open up. Many online organisations based in Manchester have set up websites aiming to help people from the comfort of their own homes…


As an area, Manchester offers a large amount of services that are available to young people who may be struggling with a mental illness:

I know this post is a little different, i just believe that if we could all take one little step to push this message, we really could make a difference.


The Power of Makeup

Nikkie Tutorials – A woman who I, as an artist, admire. Before you read this post, please watch Nikkie’s video, and her thoughts behind the power of makeup.


Makeup is a form of expression, just like the type of clothes you wear, the things you say and the things you do.

I have been thinking over my years progressing as a lover of makeup, about the real power behind the movement of makeup. Why do we wear makeup? Why do you wear makeup? Who can and can’t wear it?

We are at a point in society where freedom of expression is as raw as it has ever been.

To me, makeup means a lot of different things. I wear makeup, for me. I don’t wear it for anybody else, just me. The transformation and power behind makeup alone makes it one of my biggest passions.


Applying my makeup is my favourite time of day, where I can instantly become a much more confident person. Makeup offers security, confidence and happiness. Wearing makeup lets me tell myself “Hey, you look gorgeous today”.


I’m not saying that we don’t look beautiful and gorgeous without it, because we do. Makeup for me is art, and it lets me create whatever I want. Society today often stereotype makeup artists for being “fake” and “deceiving”, but under that makeup is still the same beautiful face. Makeup allows us to create and enhance features on our face that we find desirable, such as cheekbones and jaw lines. Creating these features doesn’t make us fake, it makes us feel good.

Everybody expresses themselves differently with makeup, which is why i love it so much. The endless array of looks for anybody to create makes it all so FUN!

The power of makeup is truly amazing, and for me it is a way of progression in myself.

What i’m trying to say is that if you want to wear makeup, you wear it. If you want to go to the gym with false eyelashes on and a bright red lip, you do it. If you want to go out with yellow eyelashes and blue lips, you do it. Makeup is for YOU. Makeup is for your use, and don’t let anyone stop you doing what you love.

So tell me, why do YOU wear makeup? How does it make YOU feel? What are your favourite looks to create?

As a community lets try and push the idea of the ‘Power of Makeup’.

Al x

(All photos are my own)