Twitter Reacts To The Wobbly Launch Of GB News: 'Like An Amateur Student Production'

·Head of Entertainment, HuffPost UK

The much-hyped GB News finally launched on Sunday night, positioned as a rival to the news and current affairs offerings from the likes of the BBC and Sky.

GB News chairman and presenter Andrew Neil hosted the launch with a promise to “expose the growing promotion of cancel culture” and give a voice “to those who feel sidelined or silenced”.

Because Nigel Farage needs to be given a platform, apparently...

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As does Dan Wootton by all accounts...

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“We are proud to be British,” Andrew told viewers. “The clue is in the name.”

Errrrm...

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But never mind that, why the hell was everything so dark?

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And it wasn’t just the lighting, either...

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The channel famously hasn’t spent a penny on advertising...

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As for those sets, they looked kinda familiar...

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Despite the hiccups, there was plenty of backslapping going on within the GB News team...

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And messages of support from the usual suspects famous fans...

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But love it or hate it, launch night was a success, beating both BBC News and Sky News in the ratings...

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GB News is available to watch now on Sky channel 515, Virgin Media channel 626, Freeview and YouView channel 236, Freesat channel 216, as well as online.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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