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Overview[edit | edit source]

GB News is a British television channel that launched on 13 June 2021. It airs on Freeview, Freesat, Sky, YouView and Virgin Media. The channel will not provide rolling news, but instead is expected to be a mix of news, analysis, opinion, and debate. The first channel set up with an explicit political orientation in the United Kingdom, GB News has been described as right-leaning.

Content[edit | edit source]

Programming[edit | edit source]

The programming will be in 1 to 3 hour segments with a host interviewing people in studio or on a live video-link on the hot-button issues of the hard-right to far-right such as opposing illegal immigration, customers not abusing shop staff (also a hot-button issue of the far left), anti-Black Lives Matter's activity, honoring WW2 (also a hot-button issue of patriotic Brits), liberally treating the Union Jack as if it were a holy icon (also a hot-button issue of hard line unionists), militant nationalism, militant unionism (also a hot-button issue of hard line unionists), clean air zones are pointless and an anti-business plot (also a hot-button issue of Trupians and onclers), pro-personal liberty (also a hot-button issue of anarchists and libertarians) and opposes Covid-1 lockdowns (also a hot-button issue of Trupians).

There are some interesting local issues programming, outside broadcasts, a 3 hour segment for uplifting stories, and a few fun stories to.

Political leanings[edit | edit source]

It had a slant the news in favor of social conservatives to serve as a information mouthpiece for the hard-right of the Conservative party, the Reform Party and UKIP, thus providing semi-propaganda and a moral feedback loop for British Trumpians.

It feels a bit like it's meant to appeal to viewers of Russia Toady by the way of style and Fox News by the way of content, but is thankfully not as bad or well cut as the former Die Deutsche Wochenschau yet!

It has promised Ofcom to remain neutral and offer a political and class smorgasbord of opinion, but the right, far-right and hard-right have most chance of being invited on to the show.

On-air staff[edit | edit source]

  1. Nana Akua
  2. Colin Brazier (ex-Sky)
  3. Gloria De Piero (Ex-Labour MP, Talkradio and Times Radio)
  4. Michelle Dewberry (Won tThe Aprentice in 2006, Ex-UKIP candidate, Ex-Brexit Party candidate
  5. David Donaldson
  6. Conchur Dowds
  7. Andrew Doyle (a comedian)
  8. Inaya Folarin Iman
  9. Kirsty Gallacher (ex-Sky)
  10. Liam Halligan (an economist)
  11. Amelia Harper
  12. Tom Harwood (ex-Guido Fawkes website)
  13. Paul Hawkins
  14. Rebecca Hutson
  15. Kevin Larkin
  16. Darren McCaffrey
  17. Simon McCoy (ex-BBC)
  18. Mercy Muroki (She was one of the authors of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities in 2021)
  19. Andrew Neil (ex-BBC, currently also with the Spectator Magazine)
  20. Neil Oliver (an archaeologist)
  21. Alexandra Phillips (ex-Brexit Party MEP)
  22. Anna Riley (ex-That's Manchester TV, currently also with the Hull Live website)
  23. Hanisha Sethi
  24. Balvinder Sidhu
  25. Alastair Stewart (ex-ITN)
  26. Rachel Sweeney
  27. Isabel Webster (ex-Sky)
  28. Dan Wootton (ex-The Sun)
  29. Rosie Wright

They are mostly Whites!

Corporate affairs[edit | edit source]

Ownership[edit | edit source]

The Discovery Channel's parent firm supports it and All Perspectives Ltd. owns it.

The venture had secured £60m in funding, £20m of which came from US media giant Discovery. The remainder is from Dubai-based investment firm Legatum and hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall by it's launch in 2021.

Key people[edit | edit source]

  1. Andrew Neil (Chairman)
  2. Angelos Frangopoulos (CEO)
  3. Andrew Cole (Founder)
  4. Mark Schneider

Corporate rivalries[edit | edit source]

They are sworn enemy of The BBC in general (often slammed for benign to pro-government and having non-White in it's shows) and Channel 4 News (often called too woke and pro-Sub-Saharan Africa).

Criticisms of GB News[edit | edit source]

Scandals[edit | edit source]

They told Ofcom that they thought the BBC and Reuters were plotting to sabotage GB News' opening.

Technical issues[edit | edit source]

The lip-sink was about half a second after the lips moved for the first 12 hours of service and volume levels varied a lot with the different shows.

The clip-on microphones fell of shirt fronts on several occasions, the pictures from the studio were blurry at times and it was briefly off-air on the Freeview service's channel.

Studio sets[edit | edit source]

They were criticised for their ad-hock look.

Phone-in guests[edit | edit source]

Several trolling callers called in using fake NSFW names and GB News staff did not notice they were being had.

Advertising cock-up[edit | edit source]

Kopparberg and Grolsch pull their adverts since they had not given permition for them to be bought off the adverting firm.

Ratings[edit | edit source]

Audience Research Board (Barb) data showed audience share over the 7pm to 11pm period:

  1. GB News=1.1% (164,400)
  2. BBC News= 0.9% (133,000)
  3. Sky= 0.4%. (57,000)
  4. BBC News at Ten= 30.6%.
  5. ITN News at Ten Thirty= Less than the BBC New at Ten, but much more than GB News.

Several press commentators and media critics have said it will flourish, but most think it will remain on a minor channel, while a few even wondered if it would last for over a year.

Responses[edit | edit source]

Commercial boycott[edit | edit source]

IKEA, NIVEA, Grolsch and the Open University suspended advertising on GB News due to it's content the next day. Ovo Energy joined the ban a day later. Octopus Energy initially supported running ads on the channel on commercial grounds, but pulled them like the rest after some users complained. All of them related that GB news would be broadcasting US-style partisan news shows and propaganda in the UK. Specksavers called it a hate site and pulled out on June 17th.

GB News defended it's self by saying the boycotters opposed free speech the next day and denied it's programs were hattefull and bias. Some hate speech occurred at times when condemning their opponents.

It is known that the channel believes it should not be silenced, but the BBC should be banned.

UK Media response[edit | edit source]

Some critics, web sites and newspapers loved, some hated it and a few pored hateful scorn over it. Most thought the bad execution of it, such as the lip-sink issue, was a major fault with it.

Wikipedia[edit | edit source]

All criticism, references to critical reviews and reference to the advertiser's boycott were removed post haste, it was replace 2 days later.

Complaints to Ofcom[edit | edit source]

Ofcom received a total of 373 complaints by day 3 after Dan Wootton's controversial Covid-19 related comments on day 1.

Government response[edit | edit source]

The Culture Secatery, Oliver Dowden, offered his support to GB news and accused it's opponents of undermining democracy on the 19th.

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