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GB News faces Ofcom sanction

An Ofcom investigation has concluded that People’s Forum: The Prime Minister on GB News broke broadcasting due impartiality rules. Given this represents a serious and repeated breach of these rules, Ofcom is now starting the process for consideration of a statutory sanction against GB News. Ofcom received 547 complaints about this live, hour-long current affairs […]

May 20, 2024By Colin Mann

GB News in multiple rules breaches

A series of investigations by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has concluded that five programmes on GB News featuring politicians acting as news presenters broke broadcasting due impartiality rules. Under the Broadcasting Code, news, in whatever form, must be presented with due impartiality. Additionally, a politician cannot be a newsreader, news interviewer or news reporter unless, exceptionally, […]

March 18, 2024By Colin Mann

Here isn’t the news

Strange times in the UK news market. GB News continues to generate its own headlines by setting new records for Ofcom breaches, while Talk TV announces it is shutting down its broadcast version. News UK has decided its niche news channel was a bit too niche – the fact star turn Piers Morgan had already […]

March 5, 2024

Loss-making GB News receives further funding

Operating losses at troubled right-leaning news channel GB News grew 38 per cent to £42.4 million (€49.6m) in the year to May 2023, the business has revealed in accounts filed to Annual Companies House. The accounts for GB News Limited show 80 per cent year-on-year growth in revenue to £6.7 million, but also a 63 […]

March 5, 2024

Ofcom: GB News show broke offence rules

An Ofcom investigation has concluded that an episode of Dan Wootton Tonight on GB News broke broadcasting rules designed to protect viewers from offensive content. Comments made during the programme by Laurence Fox targeting female political journalist, Ava Evans, prompted 8,867 complaints to Ofcom. Viewers expressed concerns that his remarks were sexist, misogynistic and offensive. […]

March 4, 2024By Colin Mann

Ofcom opens latest impartiality probe into GB News

Media regulator Ofcom has launched an investigation into People’s Forum: The Prime Minister on GB News under its due impartiality rules. In a press statement, Ofcom said: “We have received around 500 complaints about the programme which aired on GB News on 12 February 2024.” “We are investigating under Rules 5.11 and 5.12 of the […]

February 19, 2024

GB News in further Ofcom breach

An Ofcom investigation has found that an episode of The Live Desk, which aired on GB News on July 7th 2023, broke broadcasting due impartiality rules. The programme promoted a GB News branded campaign, ‘Don’t Kill Cashʼ. The campaign called on viewers to sign a petition for Government to introduce legislation to protect the status […]

December 18, 2023By Colin Mann

GB News seeking £30m injection

GB News, the right-leaning current affairs broadcaster, is reportedly in talks to raise millions of pounds as it contends with a number of Ofcom investigations and a dwindling number of advertisers. SGB News’ parent company, All Perspectives Limited, is targeting a fundraising worth in the region of £30 million (€35.08m) in the coming months, with […]

December 11, 2023

Johnson joining GB News

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson is joining GB News as a presenter, programme maker and commentator. Johnson, who joins in the new year, will play a key role in the channel’s coverage of both the UK general election and the US elections next year. GB News added that Johnson “will create and present a new […]

October 30, 2023

Ofcom updates on GB News cases

An investigation by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has concluded that a programme presented by Martin Daubney (standing in for Laurence Fox), which aired on GB News on June 16th, breached due impartiality rules. Separately, Ofcom has published its assessment of an episode of Lee Anderson’s Real World which aired on September 29th, featuring an interview […]

October 23, 2023By Colin Mann