The arrival of GB News has been billed as the biggest news channel launch in the UK since Sky News more than 30 years ago but much about the project still remains unclear.
The channel, led by former BBC host Andrew Neil, has set itself up as a mixture of news, opinion, and debate, rather than rolling 24-hour news like BBC News or Sky.
That description has inevitably drawn comparisons to the polarising right-wing network Fox News, which consistently blurs the lines between news, opinions and outright misinformation – a comparison Neil has rejected.
The channel’s director of news John McAndrew has said that GB News will be “free, fair, impartial” and follow Ofcom rules, but there’s no doubt some recent recruitments suggest it may adopt a right-leaning stance.
Here’s what we know so far about the key names who will be working for the new channel…
As Guido Fawkes senior reporter, Tom Harwood has become one of the UK’s most prominent pro-Tory commentators, writing forThe Daily Telegraph and appearing on programmes such as BBC Newsnight.
He was announced as part of the channel’s political reporting team as a political correspondent, alongside Euronews political editor Darren McCaffrey as political editor.
Sky News journalist Colin Brazier announced in February that he would be leaving the broadcaster after more than 20 years to join GB News as the anchor for its daytime news, interview and debate programme.
At the time, he promised that the channel would “lend an ear to some of Britain’s marginalised and overlooked voices”.
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Gallacher who had also worked for Sky Sports for many years told the Daily Mail that she was “thrilled” to be joining GB News and that journalism is her “first love.”
She added, “We’re really challenging the status quo with a fresh approach to news and debate and at this point in my career it just feels like absolutely the right thing – and the best thing – to be doing. It’s a small team but it already feels like a family. Everyone’s piling in and doing a dozen jobs each. It’s incredible to be joining at the beginning and building something from scratch.”
The former ITV news presenter has been confirmed as another addition to the line-up. He will host a weekend news and current affairs show.
Stewart stepped down from his role at ITV News in January last year saying that he made a “misjudgment which I regret”. A Twitter exchange, in which he quoted a Shakespeare passage, including the phrase “angry ape”, is thought to have led to his departure.
He said GB News is an opportunity to “challenge the groupthink”.
Stewart said: “GB News is a unique opportunity to broaden the spectrum, challenge the groupthink and shift away from a predictable agenda in news and debate.
“I can’t wait to get stuck in and tackle issues that really matter to people across the United Kingdom.”
He later added on Twitter: “Thank you so very much for all the kind words on my move to GB News. I could not be more excited.”
The former Labour MP, who left politics in 2019, will present a weekday afternoon programme on the new channel.
She currently presents the Gloria De Piero show and the Sunday political programme on Times Radio. She is the second figure GB News has poached from Murdoch’s media empire, after Dan Wootton was also announced in the line-up.
As MP for the Nottinghamshire seat of Ashfield for nine years, De Piero campaigned for Remain in a strongly pro-Brexit seat but did not support a second referendum and urged her party to accept the result of the Brexit referendum. She warned Labour was losing touch with its traditional “red wall” voters.
GB News says it is giving viewers an alternative to what it says is the “metropolitan”-led news agenda of the established channels.
In her journalism career, De Piero was political editor at GMTV and also worked as a researcher for political shows on ITV and BBC.
In a statement announcing the move to GB News, she her time as an MP “opened my eyes to the issues facing Britons today”. She added: “I’m passionate about bringing their stories to life at GB News, making sure every community is heard and reflecting Britain as it really is through grassroots journalism.”
Journalist, broadcaster and former Labour politician @GloriaDePiero joins GB News. https://t.co/WGe7ubKCCO
If those names haven’t got you excited/terrified already, there is also a long list of rumoured signings who could soon join the channel, including: LBC host Nick Ferrari, talkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer and even Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel Johnson (although she has denied any plans to join).