The website launch didn’t go off as planned (Picture: Facebook / GB News)
GB News launched its website for the first time on Thursday, and was immediately met with a big problem.
After declaring the landing page for the new site open for business, social media users were baffled to find the link didn’t load for them – instead leading them to a page which said the ‘site can’t be reached’.
‘GBNEWS.UK is live,’ the new broadcaster’s Twitter page revealed earlier this afternoon. ‘Take a look at our new landing page and sign up to become a part of the GB News community.’
The issue now appears to have been resolved, but not before social media users noticed the initial problem.
People quickly commented that they couldn’t reach the page, with one user saying: ‘Link doesn’t take you anywhere.’
‘Would help if it would load lads,’ another added.
The page now loads and contains the message: ‘GB News is coming soon. GB News will deliver news, opinion and debate for all of the United Kingdom. On Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, YouView, Freesat, mobile, online and audio.’
The page initially didn’t work for users (Picture: Google)
GB News is set to become the first new news channel since Sky launched more than 30 years ago, with a string of high-profile names signing up to the broadcaster.
Scottish journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil is the chairman of the television news channel, with BBC News’s Simon McCoy, ITV’s Alistair Stewart and The Apprentice’s Michelle Dewberry on the presenting team.
Kirsty Gallacher is among the names joining the channel (Picture: Martin McNeil/Getty Images)
Kirsty Gallagher also recently signed up to host the channel’s breakfast news show.
Some have criticised the channel prior to its launch, claiming that GB News will take on a similar style to Fox News over in the US and accusing it of being too ‘right-leaning’ when it comes to its political stance.
GB News, however, 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’.