Before the introduction of the name "The Core" in 2000, the
'youth' strand was unnamed, presented by Kate McIntyre in vision.
Nick Wilson, Channel 5 programme controller for children's and
religious programming, said it was a deliberate decision not to
give the strand a name, like Channel 4's T4. He said "Once you get
past 13 the last thing you want is to be put into your own zone or
slot." The strand had its own on-air look from "The Design
Clinic", which included six new cartoon characters described as "a
cross between South Park and the Mr Men" that will unexpectedly
bounce around on McIntyre during the continuity breaks. Programmes
were scheduled between 11am and 12 noon on Saturday, 4.30pm and
6pm on Saturday and 11am to 1pm on Sunday.
"The Core" was introduced in 2000, replacing the previously unbranded segment for teenagers on Channel 5. The segment continued to be presented by Kate McIntyre, who was later joined by Marc Crumpton in 2001, before the segment was dropped in early 2002 in favour of "Milkshake FM".
"Milkshake FM" was introduced in early 2002 as a 'more grown up' version of "Milkshake!" and to replace The Core. It was presented from a similar studio to Milkshake! but with a different background and only at weekends. It was replaced by "shake!" from September 2002 when Channel 5 was re-branded as five.
The unbranded strand from weekends in the early days of Channel 5.
Similar to the opening sequence, but slightly shorter.
The opening titles from Milkshake FM