Five to launch UK 'Fox and Friends'

Monday, February 9 2009, 12:56 GMT

Five is to radically alter its news output and relaunch its main evening programme along the lines of a Fox News show, it has emerged.
Dawn Airey, the channel's chief executive, told The Guardian that Five's daytime and weekend news updates will be scrapped in favour of a nightly programme running for an hour at 6:30pm.

Airey described it as "Five and Friends", referring to the Fox News breakfast-time programme hosted by Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade that is known for offering a mix of news and entertainment segments.

"We are reducing our bulletins where the audience is de minimis," she told the paper, "and we're reinvesting that time and money into primetime."
Five's news output is produced by Sky, of which more than a third is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Fox News sits in the Fox Entertainment Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of News.