Andrew Neil delivered the opening remarks on GB News (Picture: GB News)
GB News chair Andrew Neil has vowed to ‘give a voice to those who feel sidelined or silenced’, while ‘exposing cancel culture as a threat to free speech’ while delivering his opening introduction for the news channel.
On Sunday 13 June, GB News officially launched, marking the first new news channel to launch in the UK in 30 years.
Boasting presenters including Kirsty Gallacher and Simon McCoy, Andrew, 72, was the first person to appear on the launch programme, explaining to viewers what they can expect from the varied news channel.
‘It’s 8pm on Sunday June 13th 2021. Welcome to the launch of GB News, Britain’s news channel, dedicated to covering the news that matters to you and to giving a voice to those who felt sidelined or even silenced in our great national debates. Because if it matters to you, it matters to us,’ he said.
Andrew emphasised that GB News will ‘not follow the existing news agenda’ that other broadcasters might, aiming to address stories ‘in a different way’ to their competitors with its ‘passionate presenters’.
‘GB News will not be yet another echo chamber for the Metropolitan mindset that already dominates so much of our media. It is our explicit aim to empower those who feel their stories, their opinions, their concerns have been ignored or diminished,’ he said.
The journalist stressed that GB News is ‘proud to be British’ – highlighting the channel’s title by stating that the ‘clue is in the name’.
While he said that GB News ‘won’t hold back’ from reporting when things go wrong in the country, they will not ‘come at every story with a conviction that Britain is always at fault, usually to blame when things go wrong, generally useless..
‘We will cover the good news as well as the bad, because even in grim times, there is much that is great and uplifting to report,’ he stated.
Andrew teased that GB News may sometimes ‘court controversy’. However, he said that the channel will ‘always demand respect’, as it plans on offering ‘civilised discourse’ when debating various topics.
He added that they ‘won’t dwell much on the latest gossip of the Westminster bubble’, adding that GB News will ‘puncture the pomposity of our elites in politics, business, media and academia and expose their growing promotion of cancel culture for the threat to free speech and democracy that it is’.
Andrew added that if viewers are after ‘fake news, lies and disinformation’, then ‘GB News is not for you’, as he stressed that the channel will be ‘guided by the highest journalistic standards’.
Credit: Original article published here.