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Neil to front politics show for C4

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil is set to return to a regular TV gig with a new current affairs show on Channel 4 starting in May. Neil, who left the GB News channel he helped to set-up after just a few days, will examine the biggest events of the moment and feature interviews with politicians […]

February 21, 2022

GB News international expansion?

GB News is plotting an overseas expansion according to reports, after its underwhelming UK launch. The news channel, which positions itself as “an alternative to the UK’s liberal media landscape” has seen its viewership plummet by over 60 per cent since its debut in June. Andrew Neil, the former BBC journalist who was the face […]

December 9, 2021

Neil splits with GB News?

Andrew Neil is highly unlikely to return to GB News. Relations between the veteran broadcaster and GBN CEO Angelos Frangopoulos are said to have broken down and Neil was not expected to appear on the station again, according to sources cited by the FT. The rift comes as the station makes a series of changes […]

September 6, 2021

Simplestream powers GB News OTT

Live, live-2-VoD, and on-demand OTT platform specialist Simplestream has been selected by GB News – the newly-launched British free-to-air television news channel – to power a range of new OTT services. The latest digital offering complements the service’s mass-reach traditional linear television distribution strategy via DTH, DTT and cable through increased reach and consumer engagement. […]

July 13, 2021

Andrew Neil “taking break” from GB News

Andrew Neil is set to take some time off from GB news less than two weeks after the channel was launched. Speaking during his regular 8pm slot on June 24th, Neil admitted it had been a “rocky start” for the channel after a number of high-profile brands pulled their advertising, as well as countless on-air […]

June 25, 2021

Brands pull ads from GB News

A number of high-profile brands have pulled their adverts from new channel GB News, which went live on June 12th. Swedish furniture outlet Ikea, Ovo Energy, Dutch beer company Grolsch and cider firm Kopparberg are among the brands that have withdrawn advertising since GB News’ launch. OVO Energy said: “We have a media partnership which […]

June 16, 2021

EBS rebrands as PA TV Metadata

PA TV Metadata is the new name for EBS, the provider of electronic programme guides (EPGs) and VoD metadata. The rebrand follows the integration of the business into PA Media, the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. In 2018, PA Media Group – the parent company of both businesses – acquired a majority […]

June 10, 2021

GB News to launch June 13th

GB News, the news channel which includes Discovery among its backers, has confirmed it is to launch on June 13th. A tweet from the service says: ‘GB News will launch on Sunday 13th June at 8pm with a special programme “Welcome to GB News”’. The channel, positioned as an alternative to BBC News and Sky […]

May 26, 2021By Colin Mann

Murdoch scales back UK news TV

Rupert Murdoch has scaled backed plans for a new TV news service in the UK, concluding that it is not financially viable. Rebekah Brooks, chief executive News UK, told staff that the enormous cost of getting a television news channel on air meant it did not make business sense to push ahead. The company would […]

April 27, 2021

GB News recruitment

BBC newsreader Simon McCoy is joining GB News. The presenter, best known to BBC viewers through viral clips of him offering sardonic asides, will host an afternoon programme on the new channel. GB News is pushing ahead with the hiring of more than 100 staff across the UK ahead of its launch.  Andrew Neil will […]

March 26, 2021