Thursday, February 22, 2024

(Not) GB News

Nikolay Kalinin suggests Andrew Neil’s new channel GB News will be neither Great nor British

It’s expected that Andrew Neil’s forthcoming news channel that aims to appeal to “the vast number of British people who feel underserved and unheard by their media” will launch on 31st May on Freeview, Freesat, Sky, YouView and Virgin Media.


In spite of GB News being branded as the “British Fox News,” there’s barely anything British about the channel overall when it comes to who funds its operation. As Patrick Barwise, management professor at London Business School, noted: “This may come with a wrapper saying it’s GB News and patriotic, unlike the ghastly BBC, but have a closer look at where the money is coming from.”


One of the biggest investors in GB News is Discovery Inc. which operates the Discovery Channel and is based in New York. Another prominent investor is the Dubai-based Legatum Limited, whose Legatum Institute think tank set up a commission that promoted a no-deal Brexit and made Vote Leave CEO, Matthew Elliot, and Vote Leave chair, Gisela Stuart, fellows at the institute.


It has also been discovered recently that Legatum Limited has ties to Charles Koch, an American businessman who has donated to the Republican Party and to an organisation called the Heartland Institute. Heartland has advocated climate change denial and even claimed that such change may be beneficial.


The Koch network has also funded the National Review Institute, which owns the conservative publication National Review – which recently has been on a mission to demonise the Black Lives Matter movement as much as possible.


Let me remind you that the channel we are talking about here will have to follow impartiality rules of Ofcom, yet also paints itself as the alternative media outlet that everyone in the UK have been waiting for ever since the BBC – according to them – has decided to become “woke.” Still, they expect us to be fine with their operations being funded by foreign companies and individuals, some of whom plainly promote what I’d argue is especially harmful ideology.


Pictured top: Chairman Andrew Neil has described GB News as “a fresh approach to news in Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.”


(Not) GB News 2021 – GB News is neither Great nor British – Nikolay Kalinin suggests Andrew Neil’s new channel GB News will be neither Great nor British.
In August 2020, ‘The Steeple Times’ reported on the inception of GB News. At the time, the sword waving scumbag and self-declared “fat, northern… bit of a brusier” Andre Walker (pictured here with Nigel Farage) predictably remarked: “Good on them… I really hope ‘GB News’ takes off.”
(Not) GB News 2021 – GB News is neither Great nor British – Nikolay Kalinin suggests Andrew Neil’s new channel GB News will be neither Great nor British.
Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins is a supporter of GB News. In February 2021, this businessman told ‘Good Morning Britain’ of a channel criticised by the ‘Financial Times’ as “right leaning”: “Look, as soon as you mention Andrew Neil, there’s no finer broadcaster (and) presenter than him as far as I’m concerned. He doesn’t beat around the bush, he gets to the point, he challenges people, I’d say that’s a massive step forward. You know, we need presenters like him. I mean he’s been around for forever.”
(Not) GB News 2021 – GB News is neither Great nor British – Nikolay Kalinin suggests Andrew Neil’s new channel GB News will be neither Great nor British.
Andrew Neil has been completely transparently open about how much he wants Piers Morgan to join GB News. Commenting in March, Neil remarked: “Good Morning Britain] had always lagged way behind the BBC breakfast time show and people tuned in because of him. It reminded me of the old days of ‘Newsnight.’ People tuned in if Jeremy Paxman was doing it. If he wasn’t doing it it wasn’t so exciting and the same is true of GMB. It’s a real problem now for ITV that they’ve lost him. The programme this morning was much more run of the mill, low key, kind of ordinary, so it’s going to be difficult for them to replace him. Piers would be a huge asset to GB News and we’ll definitely look at that. We haven’t started any negotiations yet but we would certainly be delighted to talk to him if he’s up for it.”
(Not) GB News 2021 – GB News is neither Great nor British – Nikolay Kalinin suggests Andrew Neil’s new channel GB News will be neither Great nor British.
On-air GB News staff will include the likes of the child-like “condom campaigner” Tom Harwood and the “deeply unpleasant,” dogmatic, anti-‘Tatler’ magazine commentator Dan Wootton.
Nikolay Kalinin
Nikolay Kalinin
Nikolay Kalinin is a blogger who has been writing articles published on the automotive site ‘DriveTribe’ since July 2020. Previously, he ran his own blog about politics and culture in Russia.


  1. Their choice of presenters is shocking!!!!!!!!!!!! Where are the sexy birdies???????? Do not send these camp looking freaks Down Under!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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