GB News will be launched in June – Deadline


GB News, the new UK news channel supported by Discovery, will launch on June 13.

The network, which is chaired by former BBC presenter Andrew Neil, will go live at 8 p.m. local time with a show welcoming audiences to the new service.

GB News has spent the last few months recruiting and building its London studio. The channel is causing a stir in the UK, with its promise to offer an alternative to the BBC and Sky News, and by recruiting journalists including former BBC presenter Simon McCoy and Dan Wootton, who previously worked in as editor-in-chief of The Soleil.

The channel will air live on Freeview 236, which means it is below RT and Aljazeera in the TV guide. Other presenters include Neil himself, who will host his own show, and Alastair Stewart, a former ITV News presenter.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav said last week that, alongside CNN, GB News would be an important part of the merged Discovery and WarnerMedia company. He told reporters, “We love CNN. If you go to Europe, we are entertainment, non-fiction, the leader in sport and we’ve been attacked by the news. We have just made a very large investment in the UK [in GB News], in terms of direction for us, and our plan was to roll across Europe, because we think one of the differentiators is live, news, live sports.


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