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GB News will be launching very soon in the UK and the news network will be available to watch on Freeview, Freesat, Sky, YouView and Virgin Media. Journalist Andrew Neil was made non-executive director of the company, which was founded by Andrew Cole and Mark Schneider. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about when the show goes live.
When is GB News going live?
GB News is a highly anticipated news channel that promises to feature news, opinion and debate on a diverse scale.
The GB News family’s motto is: “Because if it matters to you, it matters to us.” The network has just revealed there would not be rolling news, and it would instead feature opinion and debate segments.
News of the network first came to light towards the end of 2020, with recruitment starting in January 2021 for a whole host of presenters.
The headquarters in Paddington, London, comprises of a number of studios which will be used for different news and features programmes.
In March 2021 it was announced Red Bee Media will be managing the channel launch, which will only be available in high-definition (HD) on satellite.
The channel will start broadcasting from 8pm on June 13, 2021, with a special programme called Welcome to GB News.
The channel will be available on Freeview 236 and YouView 236, as well as Freesat 216.
Viewers will also be able to tune in via Sky and Virgin Media, on the channels 515 and 626 respectively.
A behind the scenes video featuring all of the new presenters has been uploaded to the GB News website.
The five-minute video gives insight into what sort of programmes will feature on the network.
The website says: “We’ll share what’s really happening, bringing all of the nation together, all in one place – uniting, not dividing.
“We’ll talk about the stories you want to talk about and ask the questions you want answered, because your agenda is our agenda.
“We’ll dig deeper, giving you the facts to make up your own mind, and since there are always more than two sides to every story, we’ll welcome new & diverse voices to every debate – including yours.”
In the video, presenter Dan Wootton is heard saying: “We come on air at one of the most important times in British history.
“News all of a sudden became so central to all of our lives because actually, without the news we didn’t know how we were going to be able to live our lives.”
Alistair Stewart went on to say how the network will take a “fresh look” at things that have happened in recent years.
He said how the timing of the news channel was “perfect” as it promises to shake-up usual conversations.
Presenters so far include Dan Wootton, Colin Brazie, Tom Harwood, Michelle Dewberry, Alexandra Phillips, Darren McCaffrey Inaya Folarin Iman, Liam Halligan, Andrew Doyle, Rosie Wright, Simon McCoy, Kirsty Gallacher, Alastair Stewart, Neil Oliver, Gloria De Piero and Mercy Muroki.
Neil will also have his own primetime show as part of the programme schedule.
In May 2021 the network unveiled its full list of programmes, which include the following:
- Andrew Neil
- Dewbs & Co with Michelle Dewberry
- Tonight Live with Dan Wootton
- Tonight Live with Nana Akua
- Neil Oliver Live
- Free Speech Nation with Andrew Doyle
- Alistair Stewart & Friends
- The Great British Breakfast
Colin Brazier and Mercy Muroki will be teaming up to host a show together. Also pairing up as anchors are Gloria De Piero and Liam Halligan.
John McAndrew, director of news and programming, said: “We can sense a real hunger for something fresh and different in television news and debate.
“It’s humbling because we are a small start-up with a fraction of the resources of others, but what we lack in size we make up for in passion and determination to provide a welcoming home for honest British news and debate.”
GB News goes live at 8pm on June 13.
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