Former news channel presenter from the BBC, Andrew Neil announces that a new TV channel will be launched across the UK. Which is hoped will rival BBC News and SKY News. Discovery is said to be the lead investor in GB News, which is looking to raise a further $55m-$65m before it goes live
Britain sees new TV channel to rival BBC and SKY: The presenter will be the chairman and face of GB News. A rolling 24 hour a day channel aimed at people who feel “unheard by the media”. And will launch early next year. It is hoped the new channel will shake up news, currently dominated by the BBC and SKY.
Neil, 71, will be hosting a flagship program on the channel to be aired during prime time. Additionally he will be at the top of the programming line-up. Mr Neil said that:
“GB News is the most exciting thing to happen in British television news for more than 20 years. We will champion robust, balanced debate. And a range of perspectives on the issues that affect everyone in the UK. Not just those living in the London area.”
Most famous for The Andrew Neil Show along with This Week and Daily Politics on the BBC. He went on to say:
“We’ve seen a huge gap in the market for a new form of television news. GB News is aimed at the vast number of British people who feel under served and unheard by their media.”
The announcement regarding the new channel came as the BBC confirmed this summer that The Andrew Neil Show would not be returning to our screens. After being taken off air during the pandemic. They said at the time that they would be in discussions with Mr Neil regarding a new politics show.
They have since released a statement which reads “We’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to Andrew for his many years of work for the BBC. During which he’s informed and entertained millions of viewers. From his early broadcasting days on Dispatch Box in the 1990s to his recent forensic and agenda-setting political interviews. He has proved a formidable and hugely talented broadcaster.
For years, he was at the heart of the irreverent and much-loved This Week. Also he played a key role in the Daily and Sunday Politics, Politics Live and the BBC’s general election coverage. We wish Andrew every success in his new role. We’re sorry the US election coverage will be his last BBC presentation work for the foreseeable future. However, he will always be welcome at the BBC.”
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