Nigel Farage slams 'propaganda' channels as he joins GB News
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Since GB News launched on June 13 it has been blighted by technical difficulties, had adverts pulled over content concerns, and been boycotted by viewers. The rocky start only got worse last week as Guto Harri decided to take the knee making viewer rates drop to a painful zero. But can the well-known, loved and hated Nigel Farage get the show back on the road?
The ex-Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage announced his new primetime show “Farage” on GB News saying “I’ve covered stories that everyone else wants to ignore,” and he “won’t be taking the knee for anyone”.
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Andrew Neil, chairman of GB News and former journalist at the BBC, opened the show by saying: “GB News will not be another echo-chamber for the metropolitan mindset that already dominates so much of our media.
“We are proud to be British, the clue is in the name.”
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Yougov data from earlier this year showed that 27 percent of viewers thought that news would be better if it was less London-centric, showing that Mr Neil was tapping into a gap in the market with his anti-metropolitan rhetoric.
Mr Neil’s own section of the show named “woke watch” discusses how social movements such as racial equality and transgender rights have “gone too far”, which reflects the sentiment of 55 percent of the UK population outside of London according to Yougov.
Mr Farage featured as a guest on the opening night. He blasted the Black Lives Matter movement and was about to give his opinion on whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson had gone “woke” after his G7 speech that mentioned gender equality, but he was instead cut off by a pizza advert.
GB News claims to voice and defend the views of the public that are ignored by mainstream news broadcasters.
Mr Farage said: “Mainstream broadcast media in this contry all virtually agree on everything.
“They ignore stories that should be talked about, and frankly they’re propaganda machines for a centre-left agenda.
“They support diversity of everything, except for opinion.
“Here it’s going to be very very different.”
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The show has suffered technical difficulties such as autocue failure, grainy image, sound problems, poor lighting and has had adverts pulled over content concerns about inclusivity.
Major brands Ikea, Grolsch and Kopparberg all scrapped their adverts on GB News less than a week into broadcast – a move that would have put the show under financial strain.
Less than two weeks after hitting the airwaves, Mr Neil announced he was stepping down from his show to have a break, despite being the programme’s most highly rated presenter.
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