GB News will launch next month (Picture: Rex/GB News)
The UK’s newest news channel GB News has confirmed that its launch is just a few weeks away.
The channel, which hopes to rival Sky News and BBC News, will hit the airwaves on Sunday, June 13 with a special programme welcoming new viewers.
The special, titled Welcome to GB News, will air at 8pm, with GB News set to air on channel number 236 for those who use Freeview and YouView, and on channel 216 for those who watch via Freesat.
GB News is the first UK news channel to be launched in 30 years, with former BBC journalist Andrew Neil acting as chairman.
It plans to broadcast individual programmes and news-based programmes built around its presenting team, instead of being a rolling news channel.
Its 24-hour broadcasts will instead be a mix of news coverage, debate and opinion.
There has already been criticism of GB News for being too ‘right-leaning’ prior to its launch, amid reports that GB News would take on a similar style to America’s Fox News.
However, the team has promised to deliver ‘impartial journalism’, with the channel’s director John McAndrew – who has previously worked for BBC, Sky News, NBC and ITN – tweeting that GB News will be ‘free, fair and impartial’ as well as ‘Ofcom regulated’.
In the UK, TV watchdog Ofcom requires that news coverage by channels remains impartial when covering political content.
Andrew Neil has said of the channel: ‘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.’
Neil himself will host a primetime evening programme four nights a week, alternating between ‘Wokewatch’ and ‘Mediawatch’.
Kirsty Gallacher will front GB News’s breakfast programme, alongside hosts including Darren McCaffrey and Rosie Wright, while former The Sun journalist Dan Wootton will present Tonight Live with Dan Wootton five nights a week.
Former Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry will host a weeknight programme called Dewbs & Co, while broadcaster Nana Akua will host Tonight Live with Nana Akua and former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart will anchor Alastair Stewart and Friends.
Other faces on the channel include ex-Sky reporter Colin Brazier and ex-BBC journalist Simon McCoy.Credit: Original article published here.