GB News, chaired by former BBC presenter and Spectator Chairman Andrew Neil – who also previously worked for Rupert Murdoch as editor of The Sunday Times for eleven years – is set to launch in the UK on Sunday the 13th of June.
The station, hailed as Britain’s first new major news channel in decades, claims that it will challenge the current monopoly of Britain’s mainstream broadcasters by creating a news service they say will be more representative of the wider population.
Judging by the statements made by the company and its executives to date, it will attempt to be considerably more conservative in outlook than the established broadcasters, and less London-centric – though it remains to be seen how the latter will work in practice.
There is also an apparent hypocrisy embedded in the branding and supposed ethos of the channel, for while it claims it will represent the British people, and wears their flag, it is actually funded to the tune of around £60million by a range of foreign groups and individuals, including Dubai based investment firm Legatum and Sir Paul Marshall, a multimillionaire hedge fund manager who donated to Michael Gove’s 2016 bid for the Conservative Party leadership. GB News it would seem, is not so British after all.