First glimpse of GB News headquarters ahead of its Sunday launch in battle with Sky and BBC


The main GB News presenters were pictured in futuristic behind-the-scenes footage from the studio ahead of the new channel’s launch this weekend.

The channel, chaired by veteran political interviewer Andrew Neil, will launch on June 13 with a special at 8 p.m. called Welcome To GB News.

GB News has put together a roster of top talent, including former BBC presenter Simon McCoy, MailOnline columnists Dan Wootton and former Sky broadcaster Colin Brazier.

Other names on the air include former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, Darren McCaffrey and Rosie Wright, who will host the morning show The Great British Breakfast, while also working on other programs.

It will be available to watch in HD on Virgin Media’s Sky channel 515 and 626, as well as on Freeview and YouView 236, Freesat channel 216 and online.

The news channel, launched as a rival to news and current affairs offerings like the BBC and Sky, has also hired businesswoman and former apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry.

Broadcaster and author Neil Oliver, known for shows such as Coast and A History Of Ancient Britain, will host Neil Oliver Live, while Andrew Doyle will host Free Speech Nation.

Former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart will introduce Alastair Stewart and Friends, with a conversation and analysis of the news economist

Economist Liam Halligan, former Labor MP Gloria De Piero, Mercy Muroki and Colin Brazier first seen in studio

The studio for UK television news channel GB News which is under construction at The Point in Paddington, north London

Computers and TV screens in the offices of the new British TV news channel GB News which is under construction

Producers work at their desks as they prepare to go live this weekend as GB News begins broadcasting around the country

The channel will launch at 8 p.m. on June 13 with a special program called Welcome To GB News with great fanfare.

The new UK TV news channel GB News will launch at 8 p.m. on June 13 with a special program called Welcome To GB News. Left: Andrew Neil, GB News presenter. Right: Michelle Dewberry

Pictured: Alastair Stewart will also join GB News’ team of presenters

Brazier and social commentator Mercy Muroki will host a joint show, as will former Labor MP Gloria De Piero and economist Liam Halligan.

GB News has also recruited a team of regional journalists to help it fulfill its mission of involving “non-metropolitan voices in the national conversation”.

News and Programs Director John McAndrew said: “It is a huge task to launch even one new program, let alone an entire channel that will run 18 hours a day.

“The team has worked very hard and of course there is a feeling of nervous excitement, but most of all excitement. We can’t wait to get started now.

Left: Kirsty Gallacher, GB News presenter. Right: Gloria De Piero

The intriguing new images show the new set looking very futuristic with its black decor and neon-lit stage

Behind-the-scenes footage gives a clue to what the new channel’s shows will look like when it finally launches this week

Left: GB News presenter Dan Wootton. Right: Simon McCoy

The installation of two chairs and two tables appears to be a second step for face-to-face interviews with individuals

Former Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil will lead the channel’s evening programming with prime-time news and interviews.

Other prominent signings on the channel include former BBC presenter Simon McCoy and MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton

Former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart (pictured above) will introduce Alastair Stewart And Friends, with conversation and news analysis

Other high-profile signings on the news network include former BBC presenter Simon McCoy (pictured right) and MailOnline’s Dan Wootton (left, in August 2018)

Andrew Neil (left) with Boris Johnson (right) during an interview at Albert Embankment, London, Friday 12 July 2019

News kid on the block

Andrew Neil will run a new 24-hour news channel to compete with the BBC and Sky in a bid to reach those who feel ‘unheard’ by the media. It will present a show four evenings a week.

It drew big names ahead of its launch, including signing Simon McCoy, Sky News presenter Colin Brazier and new MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton.

Neil is the face and chairman of GB News, announcing his birth last year while also marking the end of his relationship with the BBC, where he was one of the most respected political interviewers.

Global media and entertainment company Discovery, Inc. is the largest investor. GB News will offer more than 6,500 hours of content per year, produced exclusively for the channel, which has obtained broadcasting licenses from Ofcom.

It was founded by media executives Andrew Cole and Mark Schneider.

They predict the channel will reach 96% of UK TV homes via Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media.

After his departure from Good Morning Britain, reports suggested Piers Morgan could be another addition to the GB News lineup.

Neil told the Evening Standard that it would be “nice to have him,” adding, “But he has his own idea of ​​what he’s worth and we have a slightly different idea of ​​what he’s worth.”

“He’s in a lucky situation because ITV keeps paying him a ton of money so he doesn’t have to do anything in the short term.

“I don’t think he will go anywhere else in the UK. If he has a huge US offer, that’s another matter.

“No one in the UK can compete with this, but if he wants to do more UK TV news, I hope it will be with us.”

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Neil praised the list of launch presenters as a representative of “modern Britain.”

He said: “On Sunday evening we hope to launch GB News, a new channel.

“It’s pretty heavy, as you can imagine, to try to do it in the middle of a pandemic, but we’re getting there.

“We use a lot of the latest technology, which will be great.

“But, as you know, new technologies don’t always work the first time and all journalists and technicians have to get used to them.

“So it’s a challenge, but I started Sky News in 1989, so we’re used to it.

“The only thing that was great was the lineup of the presenters. They are Great Britain, they are modern Britain.

GB News studios are located in Paddington, West London.

Emotional Andrew Neil holds back tears as he thanked This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield for ‘being so nice’ as he leaves the seat for the show ahead of the GB News launch

Emotional Andrew Neil choked back tears today as he thanked This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ahead of the launch of his GB News channel.

The veteran journalist, 72, was bidding farewell to the daytime show before his new venture began.

Although he has a reputation for being an intrepid interrogator of politicians, he showed his softer side as his voice broke with emotion at times.

He has appeared regularly on This Morning to contribute to new summaries and topical debates for the magazine’s program.

But today, at the end of the section, he said, “Look, I wanted to come today to thank you. “

Holly said to him ‘Aw, well thank you! It was wonderful to have you here this year! ‘ before Phillip asks the question “What are you thanking us for?” “.

Andrew, who hinted that Piers Morgan was in talks to join him, was visibly moved and his voice faltered when he told them “To be so nice, wonderful”.

As Phillip wished her luck, Holly joked “Thank you, I hope it goes well, thank you, you are sweet sometimes”.

Phillip wished him luck, Holly joked “Thank you, you are sweet sometimes” referring to her serious reputation.

He showed his softer side by bidding farewell to This Morning and Holly and Phillip earlier today and appeared to be emotional

GB News will launch at 8 p.m. on June 13 with a special schedule, it has been confirmed.

The new channel, of which Andrew is president, will begin with a program called Welcome To GB News.

It was previously announced that former Daily Politics presenter Neil will lead the channel’s evening programming with a prime-time news and interview program.

Other high-profile signings on the news network include former BBC presenter Simon McCoy, MailOnline’s Dan Wootton and former Sky broadcaster Colin Brazier.

A morning show called The Great British Breakfast will feature a selection of hosts, including former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, Darren McCaffrey and Rosie Wright, all of whom will be working on other programs and stories.

Businesswoman and former Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry will host Dewbs & Co every night of the week.

Wootton, known for his role in the history of Megxit, will present Tonight Live With Dan Wootton five nights a week, while broadcaster Nana Akua will host Tonight Live With Nana Akua.

Broadcaster and author Neil Oliver, known for shows such as Coast and A History Of Ancient Britain, will host Neil Oliver Live.

The new channel, chaired by veteran political interviewer Neil, will kick off with a show called Welcome To GB News (Photo: News network tweet confirming launch date)

And Andrew Doyle will host Free Speech Nation, described by the channel as “a fearless thread of the country’s hottest debates.”

Former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart will introduce Alastair Stewart And Friends, with conversation and news analysis.

Brazier and social commentator Mercy Muroki will host a joint show, as will former Labor MP Gloria De Piero and economist Liam Halligan.

McCoy and Alex Phillips will also co-host an afternoon program.

News UK owner Rupert Murdoch planned last year to launch his own channel, which reportedly had content similar to a challenger to the left-wing media coverage offered by the BBC, but has since decided that it was not “commercially viable”. .

The channel will have an on-demand streaming service available on Sky, Virgin Media, Youview and Freesat and will air on Freeview 236.


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