Early next year, a new TV channel called talkTV will launch in the UK.
The channel will be launched by News UK, the Murdoch-owned media company that boasts titles such as The Times, The Sun, and talkRADIO.
News UK promises that talkTV will broadcast “proper hourly news bulletins”, as well as sports, entertainment, current affairs, debate, opinion and documentaries.
New and existing News UK talent will contribute to the new venture, with Murdoch announcing Piers Morgan as the channel’s first major hire.
What do we know so far?
The channel will be streamed live from new TV studios at New UK’s HQ in the News Building in London Bridge.
The company has already softly launched talkRADIO TV which can be streamed on an app, online, or on smart TVs. The station features presenters such as Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham, Trisha Goddard, and Rob Rinder.
Murdoch’s stable of radio brands (talkRADIO, talkSPORT, Virgin Radio and Times Radio) already produce video content, so extending their broadcasts to television seems like a natural progression.
Murdoch previously planned to launch a 24-hour British news channel that pitched itself as a British equivalent to Fox News. However, it was shelved in April as it was deemed not “commercially viable”.
Who has signed up so far?
News UK said alongside existing talent within the organisation, they will also be hiring “exceptional new talent” to join their schedule of prime time programming in the evenings.
Piers Morgan’s new show will air on talkTV in the UK, FOX Nation for US audiences, and on Sky News Australia. In joining Murdoch’s conglomerate Morgan will also now have a column in The Sun and the New York Post, and the Murdoch-owned publishing house HarperCollins will publish a follow up to Morgan’s book, Wake Up.
Another familiar face from ITV has also joined the News UK roster.