What time does GB News start tonight and what channel is it on?

GB NEWS has been billed as the UK's biggest broadcast venture in decades.

The upstart, chaired by Andrew Neil, will be launching on June 13, 2021.

When does GB launch?

GB News is set to go live on Sunday June 13, 2021 at 8pm, the news channel has announced.

The highly-anticipated network is expected to provide a mix of "news, opinion and debate in the UK."

GB News will start with a programme titled Welcome To GB News.

Chief executive officer Angelos Frangopoulos said: “GB News is a digital start-up designed to bring greater plurality of voices to UK media so we’re passionate about delivering our programmes on every platform we can, including live DAB digital radio.”

He added: “It’s a considerable challenge to expand into radio so quickly but this opportunity is too great to miss. It means we can serve more people by giving them the choice to tune in to us anywhere, any time.

“It was a highly competitive selection process so we’re really delighted.

“We look forward to partnering again with Arqiva, who already take care of our terrestrial and satellite television signals as well as our fibre connectivity.”

GB News will air on Freeview channel 236 and will be broadcast across Sky, Virgin Media, YouView and Freesat, alongside a dedicated on-demand streaming service.

What is GB news?

GB news is a British news channel set to launch on June 13, 2021.

The channel plans to air 6,500 hours of television a year once it has been set up.

GB news is chaired by journalism veteran Andrew Neil.

Neil has compared the new channel to American news broadcasters.

He said: “It will be based more like MSNBC in America, which is on the left, and Fox [News], which is on the right.

“They don’t do rolling news. They do news when it breaks, but they don’t do continuous rolling news."

He added: “They segment the day into individual programmes, news-based programmes, built around very strong presenters, or anchors as they call them in the United States, and that is what we will do too.

“[It will have] Anchors with a bit of edge, a bit of attitude, bit of personality – and people will make an appointment to view them. That’s the plan.”

The channel's Director of News and Programmes John McAndrew has said that GB News will be “free, fair, impartial” and “Ofcom regulated”.

But it has been widely reported that the channel will be right-wing.

Colin Brazier, the former Sky News presenter, told the Telegraph he joined GB News because "the mainstream broadcasters were getting out of touch with a large portion of the viewership".

"I think people will be surprised to find that it is not as shrill as they are expecting," he added. "It is going to be more thoughtful and positive, and it will not be po-faced.

"Sometimes watching the existing news offerings can feel like being in the audience for an extended sociology lecture – and I don't think this will."

Who has joined GB news?

Andrew Neil.

Andrew Neil himself is going to host a daily news show in the evenings.

The renowned broadcaster stepped down from his role at the BBC after 25 years back in September 2020.

Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewart has joined GB News after he was forced to quit ITV News after 40 years in 2020.

GB News confirmed the former ITV News veteran would be joining the channel to host a weekend news and current affairs programme, the Express reported.

The channel has signed up a series of right-leaning commentators.

  • Michelle Dewberry, Apprentice winner and a former Brexit party candidate has been signed up to head up a prime time show.
  • The Sun's own former executive editor and columnist Dan Wootton has also announced he will be joining the channel.
  • Member of the European Parliament for the Brexit Party, Alexandra Phillips, is also another part of the channel's on-air team.

Tom Harwood, senior reporter for Guido Fawkes, has been announced as the channel's political correspondent.

Commentator and "anti-woke" campaigner Inaya Folarin Iman, most known for her critique of the Black Lives Matter movement, has been signed up to the channel.

Simon McCoy is also set to join GB News after spending almost 18 years with the BBC.

Former Sky News presenter Colin Brazier has also joined the team.

How do I get GB news?

GB News will be available to watch on all major UK platforms including Freeview, Sky, YouView, Virgin Media and Freesat.

The channel signed a contract with TV transmitter network Arqiva to reach 96% of UK households.

CEO Frangopoulos said the deal would give GB News the reach to “reach to rival that of the major public service broadcasters”.

GB News has said it will also provide streaming, video-on-demand and audio services but are yet to announce further details.

Who owns GB news?

Angelos Frangopoulos is the CEO of the new channel.

He left his role as the CEO and managing director of Sky News Australia to head the new venture.

Frangopoulos has previously spoken out about "cancel culture."

He said: “GB News will be staunchly independent. That is our point. Our investors know this, our journalists will know it and so will our viewers.

"We aim to serve British communities who feel poorly represented by mainstream television media, especially outside London.

“We are proud to be adding plurality to UK media by investing in journalism that will be as diverse and broad-minded as the British people themselves.

“We are absolutely committed to our mission to report news in the most accurate and balanced way we can.”

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