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Arqiva to deliver GB News

January 29, 2021

Arqiva has been selected by GB News to deliver its new channel, which will deliver 6,500 hours a year of unique British news content.

The provider of broadcast transmissions and infrastructure will distribute GB News to all major UK platforms including Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, YouView and Freesat, reaching more than 96 per cent of British television households.

Arqiva has designed a solution that will allow GB News to access all major DTT, satellite and cable platforms. The full-service proposition will see Arqiva execute the launch and manage the programme delivery for GB News, allowing the channel to capitalise on flexible content distribution solutions through a seamless combination of traditional fibre and our fully managed ‘Virtual Connect’ cloud-based products.

Chris Alner, Director of Commercial Broadcast at Arqiva, said: “We’ve been at the centre of UK broadcasting for decades, and have the knowledge and experience to help our customers launch seamlessly across all major TV platforms in the UK. Our end-to-end proposition provides GB News with a one-stop service that will underpin a smooth arrival into the UK media landscape. As viewer expectations around instant news, reporting and analysis coverage heighten, we’re pleased to be able to support GB News on their journey.”

Angelos Frangopoulos, Chief Executive Officer at GB News, added: “Arqiva’s heritage in broadcasting, and their track record in service delivery gives us confidence that our audience will have the best possible chance to see our content. We’re looking forward to working with them to deliver our channel seamlessly to people’s homes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

GB News is due to launch sometime this year. It is reported to have around £60 million (€66m) in investment with backers lead by Discovery. News Corp has already it will launch a rival UK news channel.

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