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U.K.’s C5 may get more series coin

RTL could dole cash to upgrade channel

LONDON — The U.K.’s Channel 5 may receive more cash for programming from its owners to enable it to move upmarket.

C5 has a reputation for cheap and cheerful scheduling and sex-oriented latenight shows. Pan-Euro broadcaster RTL Group, which has a 65% stake in the channel, is expected to free up more cash so that C5 can break into the mainstream and become a more appealing proposition to advertisers.

C5, which currently has around a 6% share of the overall TV audience, was launched in 1997.

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