First look at headquarters of GB News before its launch on Sunday in battle with Sky and BBC – Daily Mail

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GB News’ key presenters have been pictured in futuristic behind the scenes pictures of the studio ahead of the new channel launching this weekend.

The channel, chaired by veteran political interviewer Andrew Neil, launches on June 13 with a special programme at 8pm titled Welcome To GB News.

GB News has signed up a roster of high-profile talent, including ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy, MailOnline columnists Dan Wootton, and ex-Sky broadcaster Colin Brazier.

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

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

The news channel, launched as a rival to the news and current affairs offerings on the likes of BBC and Sky, has also signed up businesswoman and former Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry.

Broadcaster and author Neil Oliver, known for programmes including 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 anchor Alastair Stewart And Friends, featuring conversation and analysis of current affairs.economist

Economist Liam Halligan, former Labour MP Gloria De Piero, Mercy Muroki and Colin Brazier seen for first time in the studio

Economist Liam Halligan, former Labour MP Gloria De Piero, Mercy Muroki and Colin Brazier seen for first time in the studio

Economist Liam Halligan, former Labour MP Gloria De Piero, Mercy Muroki and Colin Brazier seen for first time in the studio

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

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

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

Computers and TV monitors from the offices of new British television news channel GB News which is under construction

Computers and TV monitors from the offices of new British television news channel GB News which is under construction

Computers and TV monitors from the offices of new British television 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 to broadcast to the nation

Producers work at their desks as they prepare to go live this weekend as GB News begins to broadcast to the nation

Producers work at their desks as they prepare to go live this weekend as GB News begins to broadcast to the nation

The channel will launch at 8pm on June 13 with a special programme called Welcome To GB News amid much fanfare

The channel will launch at 8pm on June 13 with a special programme called Welcome To GB News amid much fanfare

The channel will launch at 8pm on June 13 with a special programme called Welcome To GB News amid much fanfare

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil

Michelle Dewberry

Michelle Dewberry

The new British television news channel GB News will launch at 8pm on June 13 with a special programme called Welcome To GB News. Left: GB News presenter Andrew Neil. Right: Michelle Dewberry

Pictured: Alastair Stewart will also be joining the team of GB News presenters

Pictured: Alastair Stewart will also be joining the team of GB News presenters

Pictured: Alastair Stewart will also be joining the team of GB News presenters 

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

GB News has also recruited a team of regional reporters to help serve its mission of involving ‘non-metropolitan voices in the national conversation’.

Director of news and programmes John McAndrew said: ‘It’s a huge task to launch even one new programme, never mind a whole channel to run 18 hours a day.

‘The team has been working flat out and of course there’s a sense of nervous excitement, but mostly excitement. We can’t wait to get started now.’ 

Kirsty Gallacher

Kirsty Gallacher

Gloria De Piero

Gloria De Piero

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

The intriguing new pictures show the new set which looks very futuristic with its black decor and neon lit stage

The intriguing new pictures show the new set which looks very futuristic with its black decor and neon lit stage

The intriguing new pictures show the new set which looks very futuristic with its black decor and neon lit stage

The behind the scenes pictures give a hint on how the shows on the new channel might look when it finally launches this week

The behind the scenes pictures give a hint on how the shows on the new channel might look when it finally launches this week

The behind the scenes pictures give a hint on how the shows on the new channel might look when it finally launches this week

Dan Wootton

Dan Wootton

Simon McCoy

Simon McCoy

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

A two chair and table set up appears to be a second stage for face-to-face interviews with individual people

A two chair and table set up appears to be a second stage for face-to-face interviews with individual people

A two chair and table set up appears to be a second stage for face-to-face interviews with individual people

Former Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil will lead the channel's evening line-up with a prime-time news and interviews

Former Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil will lead the channel's evening line-up with a prime-time news and interviews

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

Other high-profile signings to the channel include ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy and MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton

Other high-profile signings to the channel include ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy and MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton

Other high-profile signings to the channel include ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy and MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton

Ex-ITV presenter Alastair Stewart has joined GB News from TalkRadio

Ex-ITV presenter Alastair Stewart has joined GB News from TalkRadio

Former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart (pictured above) will anchor Alastair Stewart And Friends, featuring conversation and analysis of current affairs

Other high-profile signings to the news network include the MailOnline's Dan Wootton

Other high-profile signings to the news network include the MailOnline's Dan Wootton

Ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy

Ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy

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

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

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

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

News kid on the block 

Andrew Neil will lead new 24-hour news channel to rival BBC and Sky aiming to reach those who feel ‘unheard’ by the media. He will present a show four nights a week.

It has brought in big names ahead of its launch, including signing Simon McCoy, Sky News anchor Colin Brazier and new MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton.

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

Global media and entertainment company Discovery, Inc is the lead investor. GB News will feature more than 6,500 hours of content a year, made exclusively for the channel, which has secured broadcasting licences from Ofcom.

It has been founded by media executives Andrew Cole and Mark Schneider.

They plan for the channel to reach 96% of British television households via Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media.

 

Following his departure from Good Morning Britain, reports have suggested Piers Morgan could be another addition to the GB News line-up.

Neil told the Evening Standard it would ‘be nice to have him’, adding: ‘But he’s got his own idea of what he is worth and we have a slightly different idea of what he’s worth. 

‘He is in a lucky situation because ITV are continuing to pay him a tonne of money so he doesn’t have to do anything in the short run.

‘I don’t think he’s going to go anywhere else in the UK. If he has a huge American offer that’s a different matter.

‘No-one in the UK can compete with that, but if he’s going to do more UK news TV I hope it will be with us.’

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Neil praised the launch line-up of presenters as representative of ‘modern Britain’.

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

‘It is quite fraught, as you can imagine, trying to do this in the middle of a pandemic, but we are getting there.

‘We are using lots of the latest new technology, which will be great.

‘But, as you know, new technology doesn’t always work first time round and all the journalists and technicians have got to get used to it.

‘So it is a challenge, but I launched Sky News way back in 1989 so we are used to it.

‘The one thing that has been great is the line-up of presenters. They are Britain, they are modern Britain.’

The GB News studios are located in Paddington, west London.

Emotional Andrew Neil fights back tears as he thanks This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield for ‘being so kind’ as he leaves slot on show ahead of GB News launch

Emotional Andrew Neil battled back tears today thanking 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 the start of his new endeavour.

While he has a reputation as a fearless interrogator of politicians, he showed his softer side as his voice cracked with emotion at points.

He has appeared on This Morning regularly to contribute to the magazine programme’s topical new round-ups and debates.

But today as the section ended he said: ‘Listen, I wanted to come on today to thank you.’

Holly told him ‘Aw, well thank you! It’s been wonderful having you here this year!’ before Phillip quizzed ‘What are you thanking us for?’.

Andrew, who hinted Piers Morgan was in discussions to join him, was visibly emotional and his voice wavered as he told them ‘For being so kind, wonderful’. 

As Phillip wished him the best of luck, Holly joked ‘Thank you, hope it goes well, thank you, you are soft sometimes’.

Phillip wished him the best of luck, Holly joked 'Thank you, you are soft sometimes' in reference to his serious reputation

Phillip wished him the best of luck, Holly joked 'Thank you, you are soft sometimes' in reference to his serious reputation

Phillip wished him the best of luck, Holly joked ‘Thank you, you are soft sometimes’ in reference to his serious reputation

He showed his softer side as he bid farewell to This Morning and Holly and Phillip earlier today and appeared to be emotional

He showed his softer side as he bid farewell to This Morning and Holly and Phillip earlier today and appeared to be emotional

He showed his softer side as he bid farewell to This Morning and Holly and Phillip earlier today and appeared to be emotional

GB News will launch at 8pm on June 13 with a special programme, it has been confirmed.

The new channel, of which Andrew is the chairman, will kick off with a show called Welcome To GB News.

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

Other high-profile signings to the news network include ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy, the MailOnline’s Dan Wootton and ex-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, who will all work across other programmes and stories.

Businesswoman and former Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry will host Dewbs & Co every weeknight.

Wootton, known for his role in breaking the story 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 programmes including 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 (pictured: tweet from news network confirming the launch date)

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

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

And Andrew Doyle will host Free Speech Nation, described by the channel as ‘a fearless filleting of the country’s thorniest debates’.

Former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart will anchor Alastair Stewart And Friends, featuring conversation and analysis of current affairs. 

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

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

News UK owner Rupert Murdoch had plans last year to launch a channel of his own, which would have been of similar content as a challenger to the left-leaning news coverage offered by the BBC, but has since decided 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 channel 236. 

 

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