Is this the future of news? Brits can find out tonight at 8pm when the much-discussed alternative channel GB News launches on Freeview (and is available to view on Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and YouView).
The channel has snapped up some big names, such as Andrew Neil and Alastair Stewart, and is billed as the antidote to the BBC, ITV and Sky News - or, according to some, a British Fox News.
Veteran journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil is heading the team (and he's also the chairman of GB News) and is best known for BBC shows Sunday Politics, This Week and The Andrew Neil Show. He’s certainly not afraid of voicing a controversial opinion and is well-known for his combative style. His new hourlong evening show will include a segment called Woke Watch, so expect cancel culture to incur his wrath.
Alastair Stewart, Britain’s longest-serving news anchor, left ITV last year and at GB News he will anchor a new weekend show Alastair Stewart and Friends, billed as featuring conversation and current affairs analysis.
Kirsty Gallacher previously presented Sky Sports News, and has dabbled in entertainment, too, co-hosting the Gladiators reboot with Ian Wright. She has little experience presenting morning shows, which makes her an interesting choice for GB’s flagship Great British Breakfast.
Meanwhile, Simon McCoy, was a BBC News favourite, frequently going viral for his reactions to lighter stories like the royal baby announcement or a man playing the piano for monkeys. At GB News, McCoy will be hosting an afternoon show with Alexandra Phillips, the former head of media for UKIP.
Others in the GB News line up include Gloria de Piero (who was in both Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinets), Michelle Dewberry (one time winner of The Apprentice), Neil Oliver (the archaeologist and conservationist), Dan Wootton (the Sun’s former executive editor), and Andrew Doyle (the Northern Irish comedian).
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