Managing your cookies

We believe it is preferable that you accept cookies when using our websites. If you disable cookies on Channel 5 or any other site it is likely to result in a disrupted browsing experience.

Http Cookies

Http cookies can be controlled via your browser settings. The Help function of your browser will tell you how. Alternatively, click on your preferred browser from the list below and review the information provided.


PC Mac iPad / iPhone
Google Chrome Google Chrome Safari
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox
Internet Explorer Safari


Google Chrome (PC)

The following article applies to the Google Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, Linux and Chromebooks. It details how to adjust your cookie permission settings, delete cookies, block or allow cookies by default and how to make exceptions for cookies from specific websites or domains.

Google Chrome (Mac)

Choose ‘Chrome’ from the main navigation then ‘Preferences’ then ‘Under the Hood’. Click on the ‘Content Settings’ button and allow local data to be set if you wish to accept cookies.

Firefox (PC)

How to turn cookie storage off and on in Firefox

How to remove cookies that have already been stored by websites

How to block certain websites from storing cookies

How to block websites other than the one you’re currently visiting (3rd parties) from storing cookies

Firefox (Mac)

Choose ‘Firefox’ from the main navigation then ‘Preferences’ and click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. Chose ‘Use Custom Settings for History’ option from the drop down in the History section and select your cookie setting preferences.

Internet Explorer (PC)

Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Internet Options’, then click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. Ensure that your privacy level is set to medium or below which will enable cookies in your browser. Settings above medium will disable cookies.

Further details on cookie management can be found in Internet Explorer Help by hitting F1 on your keyboard and entering the search term ‘cookies’.

Safari (PC)

Click on the Cog icon at the top of your browser window and select the ‘Preferences’ option.
Click on ‘Security’, check the option that you desire in the ‘Accept Cookies’ section.

Safari (Mac)

Choose ‘Safari’ from the main navigation then ‘Preferences’ and click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. In the ‘Block Cookies’ section specify if and when Safari should accept cookies from websites.

Safari (iOS used by iPhones and iPads)

Tap the settings icon, select Safari from the list that appears. Under Privacy & Security you can manage your cookie preferences.

Opera (PC)

Click on the Cog on the top of the browser window, then click on the Go to browser settings (at the bottom of the page). Select Privacy and security and you can manage your cookie preferences under ‘Cookies’.

Third Party Advertising Cookies

If you would like to disable “third party” cookies generated by advertisers or providers of targeted advertising services, you can turn them off by going to the third party’s website and getting them to generate a one-time “no thanks” cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine. Here are links to the third party advertising platforms we use, each of which have instructions on how to do this:

 Advertiser  Link
Group M and various divisions (including Finecast), its group companies including designated processors such as Amobee.
Google AdExchange
Index Exchange
Google Double Click

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising bodies for more information on how to opt out of these cookies:

You can also reject all cookies set by our advertising platform partners by visiting the Cookies Consent Settings screen in the website/application you are using and choosing the appropriate option.

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