GB News, the brand new British news channel that is set to air a mix of “news, opinion and debate”, finally has an official launch date – June 13 at 8pm (read ahead for how and where to watch it).
The channel is backed by American TV company Discovery (which is set to merge with Warner Media next year), and is chaired by former BBC presenter Andrew Neil, who will also be one of the prominent presenters on the channel.
The channel is positioned as an “alternative” to news services such as BBC News and Sky News, and is said to be ‘right leaning’, though not officially.
The channel will not focus on ‘rolling news’ and will instead bring 6,000 hours/year of opinion and debate alongside the news.
Some of the shows we can expect to see once GB News launches are:
Andrew Neil, the channel’s main evening show, hosted by Andrew Neil, with news and interviews.
The Great British Breakfast, a morning news and talk show hosted by Nana Akua, Kirsty Gallacher, Rebecca Hutson, Inaya Folarin Iman, Darren McCaffrey and Rosie Wright.
Alastair Stewart And Friends, hosted by former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart who will present conversation and analysis of current affairs.
Free Speech Nation, hosted by Andrew Doyle and described as “a fearless filleting of the country’s thorniest debates”.
GB News will launch on Sunday 13th June at 8pm with a special programme "Welcome to GB News"
— GB News (@GBNEWS) May 26, 2021
The first-ever programme on the new channel, on Sunday, June 13 at 8pm, will be the aptly named Welcome to GB News.
Where Can I Watch GB News?
GB News is a free channel, and will therefore be available to watch on most of the platforms in the UK.
Freeview (and YouView): on Channel 236, in Standard Definition (SD) only.
Freesat: on Channel 216, in High Definition (HD).
Sky: on Channel 515, in HD.
Virgin Media: on Channel 626, in HD.
The company has also said in the past that it plans to launch a streaming service, where at least some of the content will be available on-demand.
As with every Freeview and Freesat channel, watching it requires either a Freeview Aerial (see our recommendations) and a Freeview Player/Recorder (see our recommendations), or a Freesat player/recorder with a dish on your roof.
Note that some Freeview devices would require a manual retune for the new channel to show up.
You can already do that now, since the channel is already up on Freeview, showing promotional videos.
Some devices do a retune automatically, but others require a manual retune. You can find more information on how to retune your device, on Freeview’s retuning help section.