GB News – Britain’s News Channel has told Politicalite that it plans to launch a national radio service as early as next month.
The company is in the final stages of completing a long-term deal to secure spectrum on the Digital One national multiplex, paving the way to broadcast GB News Radio across the United Kingdom.
The move comes two days before GB News launches its new television and digital service which will go live for the first time at 8pm on Sunday (13th).
The proposed deal with Arqiva, owner of the spectrum licence, will ultimately allow GB News Radio to reach 91 per cent of households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
GB News has already moved to gain the necessary regulatory approvals from Ofcom.
Chief Executive Officer Angelos Frangopoulos said: “GB News is a digital start-up designed to bring greater plurality of voices to UK media so we’re passionate about delivering our programmes on every platform we can, including live DAB digital radio.”
He added: “It’s a considerable challenge to expand into radio so quickly but this opportunity is too great to miss. It means we can serve more people by giving them the choice to tune in to us anywhere, any time.”
Mr Frangopoulos said it was rare for spectrum capacity to become available on the D1 national radio multiplex. “It was a highly competitive selection process so we’re really delighted,” he said.
“We look forward to partnering again with Arqiva, who already take care of our terrestrial and satellite television signals as well as our fibre connectivity.”
GET READY FOR REAL NEWS
The new channel – that is set to take on the biased mainstream media will be available on Freeview channel 236, Sky 515, Virgin 626, YouView 226 and Freesat 216 from Sunday at 8pm.
The 24-hour channel is the biggest launch to hit the news media since the launch of Sky News in 1989 telly buffs say and millions of fed-up viewers can’t wait for something new.
‘BRITAIN’S FOX NEWS’
The new channel aims to attract right-wing viewers fed up of the biased leftie Sky and BBC.
Since Sky News’ takeover by NBC News parent group Comcast – the former news heavyweight 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 is headed by ex-BBC political pundit Andrew Neil and has confirmed anchors such as Dan Wootton, Alistair Stewart, Kirsty Gallacher and Simon McCoy.
Ex-Soccer Aid host, broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Gallacher will launch GB News as part of the new channel’s breakfast team.
Kirsty was one of the main faces of Sky Sports and Sky Sports News for almost 20 years and has anchored various news programmes including Channel 4’s morning show RI:SE.
The channel has been blasted by Leftie media luvvies with the BBC’s Nick Robinson and former Channel 5 talk-show host Mathew Wright attacking the channel.
Wright claimed GB News will never attract more viewers than The Wright Stuff, and predicts it will be off air “within a year”.
In a fiery exchange on Twitter, in which the shock jock branded Politicalite a “moron”, Wrighty claimed: “it’ll be gone in a year” after news broke that Sun stalwart Dan Wootton was quitting Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to work for the hottest network to hit British TV in years.
The Sun Showbiz King hit back telling Politicalite: “He is truly awful!”
He added on Wrights hypocrisy at the new right-wing channel: “He was happy to work for Murdoch on talkRADIO!”
The channel has also signed news-heavyweights such as Alistair Stewart and Simon McCoy along with local talent not seen on mainstream UK news before.