GB News row: Andrew Neil livid after new channel branded ‘dangerous’
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GB News is set to launch on May 31, making it the first major news channel to launch in the UK in the past 30 years. It has already formed a big lineup of presenters and journalists from Sky News, the BBC and radio stations as it looks to make a big early impression. There will be a show hosted by former The Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry each weeknight as well as Tonight Live with Dan Wootton, the former The Sun showbiz editor.
A programme called “Alastair Stewart and Friends” is also going to be shown and has been described as a “warm conversation and analysis of current affairs through the lens of his 45 years’ experience at the sharp end of Britain’s biggest news events”.
But segments such as “Wokewatch” and “Mediawatch” appear to have already caused a stir.
In February, campaign group Stop Funding Hate called for an advertising boycott of the channel.
Although GB News has yet to broadcast a second of coverage, Stop Funding Hate used articles from the Evening Standard and Guardian, speculating that the channel will be right-wing in the mould of Fox News, to justify its campaign.
Mr Neil responded furiously, tweeting: “The woke warriors trying to stir up an advertising boycott of GB News, a channel that hasn’t even started broadcasting, are hilarious.
“Even funnier is their threat to cancel mobile phone contracts of operators who dare to advertise on GB News.”
Hundreds joined in with the calls for a boycott on Twitter, with one user branding GB News “a potentially dangerous channel.”
GB News also hit back at the criticism in a statement amid accusations of a right-wing bias.
They said: “GB News will be staunchly independent…We are absolutely committed to our mission to report news in the most accurate and balanced way we can.”
Neil set out the channel’s ethos in more detail writing in the Sunday Express, a title which was staunchly in favour of Britain leaving the EU.
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He said he has joined GB News because: “I believe the direction of news debate in Britain is increasingly woke and out of touch with the majority of its people.”
He said: “I believe our national conversation has become too metropolitan, too southern and too middle-class.
“Some journalists and commentators seem too confident that their liberal-left assumptions must surely be shared by every sensible person in the land.
“But many of those same sensible people are fed up.
“They feel left out and unheard.
“There’s a restlessness, a sense that they’re being talked down to; that much of the media no longer reflects their values or shares their concerns.
“GB News is aimed squarely at those people.”
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