GB News launched on Sunday night (Photo: GB News)
GB News had more viewers than BBC News and Sky News for its debut on Sunday evening.
The network – the first new news channel to launch in the UK in 30 years – officially got started last night and the numbers are in as the programme had a bigger audience than its rivals.
For its opening night, GB News was watched by 164,400 people, while BBC News (133k) and Sky News (57k) followed behind.
The programme boasts presenters including Kirsty Gallacher and Simon McCoy, and chair Andrew Neil was the first to appear on Sunday as he laid down a mission statement for the channel.
He said: ‘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 insisted GB News won’t ‘follow the existing news agenda’ in line with other broadcasters, noting the organisation aims to address stories ‘in a different way’ to competing networks.
‘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 added.
Andrew, 72, said the programme is ‘proud to be British’ but that they ‘wont hold back’ from reporting when things go wrong in the UK.
‘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.
And he said insisted 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’.
Meanwhile, This Morning’s Eamonn Holmes – who teased he could be set to join the network – urged people to give GB News a chance.
He tweeted: ‘I hope @GBNEWS gets a decent chance …. we need a shake up on the News front .
‘May it keep all the other News providers on their toes. I have a huge respect for TV news but this is a reminder that News is not just Westminster or a constant woke agenda.’
Credit: Original article published here.