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TMD_24 Anglia (East) Look East
I don't know how serious this is? Is this supposed to be the TV version of talkRADIO?

https://www.politicalite.com/media/hes-back-murdoch-teams-up-with-farage-neil-to-launch-british-news-channel-in-2021/

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RUPERT Murdoch is reportedly launching a brand spanking new UK News Channel in the new year and is planning to take on the network he launched thirty one years ago.

Since Sky’s takeover by NBC News parent group Comcast – the former news heavyweight Sky News has lost thousands of viewers and its reputation for unbiased news.

Sky has been in decline for many years and the UK market has a huge appetite for a right-wing outlet to take on the left-wing rhetoric in the broadcast media.

The new network planned for 2021 is going by the working title of “GB News” and is reportedly set to sign former Brexit Party boss Nigel Farage and ex-BBC political pundit Andrew Neil.

Australian-born Murdoch, who also owns The Times and The Sun and also talkRADIO has allegedly pumped £20m into the venture and plans to launch in early 2021.

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie tweeted the move: “Hear that Discovery (alongside a £20million investment from Murdoch) are launching a TV news station in the New Year called GB News.”

“Andrew Neil and Nigel Farage due to sign. Taking on the quite dreadful Sky News”

“More people see my rear end than watch Kay Burley at breakfast.

Fox News launching streaming service for superfans - cleveland.com

Murdoch is no stranger to right-wing news.

In the United States, Fox News – also owned by NewsCorp is the number one rated news channel and is a favourite of President Trump.

A new media outlet ran by Murdoch can only be good news for Brexiteers and those sick and tired of the London media elite.

Politicalite contacted representatives for Murdoch and News UK for comment, but has not yet received a reply.
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valley
I wouldn't believe anything on Politicalite. "Sky News has lost ... its reputation for unbiased news." Really? Who actually believes this?

Also, unless Murdoch is going to be launching an online-only channel, it's going to have to comply with Ofcom's due impartiality and due accuracy rules, so can't be a "right-wing outlet".
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
Is there really enough demand in the UK for another news channel? There is already Sky and BBC. And access to several international news channels via Sky, including the popular CNN International.
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derek500 West Country (West) Points West
I wouldn't believe anything on Politicalite. "Sky News has lost ... its reputation for unbiased news." Really? Who actually believes this?

Also, unless Murdoch is going to be launching an online-only channel, it's going to have to comply with Ofcom's due impartiality and due accuracy rules, so can't be a "right-wing outlet".


It's how the news is reported that concerns Ofcom, not what news is covered and running order etc.
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valley
I wouldn't believe anything on Politicalite. "Sky News has lost ... its reputation for unbiased news." Really? Who actually believes this?

Also, unless Murdoch is going to be launching an online-only channel, it's going to have to comply with Ofcom's due impartiality and due accuracy rules, so can't be a "right-wing outlet".


It's how the news is reported that concerns Ofcom, not what news is covered and running order etc.

Yeah, I know. My point still stands, though.
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james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I wouldn't believe anything on Politicalite. "Sky News has lost ... its reputation for unbiased news." Really? Who actually believes this?


Looking at the other stories down the side tells me all I need to know about that website and its credibility. Three stories promoting Tommy Robinson for a start. So far right it makes the Daily Express seem like a bunch of commies. I feel pretty filthy for having clicked on the link.
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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
I wouldn't believe anything on Politicalite. "Sky News has lost ... its reputation for unbiased news." Really? Who actually believes this?

Also, unless Murdoch is going to be launching an online-only channel, it's going to have to comply with Ofcom's due impartiality and due accuracy rules, so can't be a "right-wing outlet".


It's how the news is reported that concerns Ofcom, not what news is covered and running order etc.

Yeah, I know. My point still stands, though.

I don't see this channel ever launching but the fact that RT has managed to operate in the UK market for several years with only a few issues with OFCOM shows it is entirely possible to launch a biased news channel within the UK framework. Clearly any such channel won't be able to openly state it's views or tell people to vote for certain parties or candidates but it could quite easily focus on stories that they believe would be advantageous towards a certain viewpoint, and they may be able to get away with using people who can often be perceived as coming across badly to fill left of centre seats during discussion programming and debates.
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TheSebastian
I wouldn't believe anything on Politicalite. "Sky News has lost ... its reputation for unbiased news." Really? Who actually believes this?

Also, unless Murdoch is going to be launching an online-only channel, it's going to have to comply with Ofcom's due impartiality and due accuracy rules, so can't be a "right-wing outlet".


There is far more room for manoeuvre in the Ofcom code than people realise - look how left swaying channel 4 news is. Story choice/exclusion, angle, guests all play a part. Everything Farage did on LBC can be done on TV the same way he did radio. The trick is to ensure the other viewpoints are put and challenged.

I'd make a guess a project like this would be a rebadged TalkRadio with extra TV shows made in the News UK in-house TV studios.

I wouldn't discount some of ex Made TV and London Live local TV channels being bought to carry this sort of project, News UK could so alot with high epg and the fresh newstalk content machine than no one else has managed.
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London Lite Recently warned London London
Considering RT only attracts diehards and talkRADIO again doesn't have anywhere near the audience LBC has, I wouldn't be too concerned about a low budget alt-right opinion led news channel that will once again only attract low audiences that want to watch Fox News style programming to reiterate their own bias.
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TheSebastian
Considering RT only attracts diehards and talkRADIO again doesn't have anywhere near the audience LBC has, I wouldn't be too concerned about a low budget alt-right opinion led news channel that will once again only attract low audiences that want to watch Fox News style programming to reiterate their own bias.


Alt right.. Far left.. All labels that are misused. Its far from my personal tastes but neither talkradio or even fox news can be described as alt right. Not a label that helps discussion.

Fox News has recently beaten the major US networks in prime time and is a massive money maker, so it's not the niche its painted out to be it it market.

The UK is ripe for a BFM TV style operation - tabloid news and nighttime personality led opinion. Could News UK pull it off ? Maybe - there is a reason talkradio is visualised, guests included.

But for reasons that I'm sure nobody here wants the maths on, online would be far more profitable than broadcast. MAJOR thing a freeview slot gets you is awareness, cash less so
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freddied056 Meridian (South) South Today
From what I’ve been told this is all actually happening - think a version of Fox News in the UK, essentially.

As people have said, however, I’m not sure how they’ll get past Ofcom impartiality regulations.
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radiolistener
From what I’ve been told this is all actually happening - think a version of Fox News in the UK, essentially.

As people have said, however, I’m not sure how they’ll get past Ofcom impartiality regulations.


Fox News (on Sky) did for a while, but didn't they declare themselves "entertainment" rather than "news"?

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