Channel 5 is a television channel based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Channel 5 succeeded the nationwide Leningrad TV channel dating back to 1938, which was immensely popular throughout the Soviet Union during the last years of Perestroika with such programs as 600 seconds of its editor-in-chief, Alexander Nevzorov.
In 1997 its nationwide network was transferred to the newly formed Kultura TV, and the channel continued broadcasting for Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast only. In October 2006 Petersburg – Channel 5 was licensed to broadcast nationwide again. As of now, its main owner is National Media Group.