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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furniture outlet Ikea, Ovo Energy, Dutch beer company Grolsch and cider firm Kopparberg are among the brands that have withdrawn advertising since GB News’ launch.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

Red Bee playout services for GB News

The GB News channel will launch on Red Bee Media’s cloud-based software-only Managed Playout Service. Red Bee will manage the playout of all GB News’ broadcasts, making sure 6500 hours a year of news, opinion and debate reaches audiences across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. “Red Bee is a highly experienced and innovative services […]

March 16, 2021

Arqiva to deliver GB News

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 […]

January 29, 2021

GB News ‘fully funded’

The planned GB News TV channel and digital services, proposed as an alternate to the BBC News and Sky News, is now fully funded. Reports say the 24-hour channel, fronted by veteran BBC journalist Andrew Neil, has now received anchor commitments from Discovery International, hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall and Dubai-based investor Legatum Group. […]

January 6, 2021By Chris Forrester