One Year at GB News

A year ago today GB News launched, promising to shake up the broadcasting media establishment, ask the questions other broadcasters don’t, and fix a few technical errors. The launch months were shaky, although the channel has now established a solid and loyal viewership; often beating Sky News during primetime, the BBC during big set-piece interviews and TalkTV relentlessly. Among highlights over the past year, we’ve seen: 

  • Their set held up thanks to the Suez canal blockage
  • An advertising campaign set up outside the BBC
  • Presenters told to smarten up
  • The return of a national broadcaster playing the national anthem every day
  • A presenter dox Sajid Javid’s mobile number
  • A guest accuse her husband of an affair live on-air, nearly giving their legal team a heart attack
  • Their rivals at TalkTV begin borrowing their green room for interviews

Guido hears celebrations at the channel were held prematurely yesterday, with a channel family BBQ at a London sports ground for staff, families and pets. Videos of bouncy castle antics and karaoking are doing the rounds…

The channel’s doing so well it’s becoming a springboard for some careers. While Simon McCoy doesn’t seem to be up to much now, Andrew Neil has a Channel 4 show, former director of programming John McAndrew is its producer, and presenter Guto Harri is running government comms. Not bad…

UPDATE: “The PM wishes GB news happy birthday. A year in – hired great talent, presented new perspectives and served new audiences”

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