GB News is a British television news channel that launched on 13 June 2021.The channel does not provide rolling news, but instead is expected to be a mix of news, analysis, opinion, and debate. Characterised by some of its competitors as “right-leaning”,the channel set up with an explicit political orientation in the United Kingdom.
On 25 September 2020, it was announced that Andrew Neil, who had presented live political programmes on the BBC for 25 years, would leave the corporation after leading their coverage of the 2020 United States presidential election. He said that he had been in discussions to continue working on the BBC in a new format after the cancellation of his programme The Andrew Neil Show, but that these talks had “not come to fruition” and he had accepted the post of chairman of a new television news channel. On the same day, he was announced as the presenter of a prime time evening programme on the channel, due to launch early the next year. In a statement, Neil said that the channel would “champion robust, balanced debate and a range of perspectives on the issues that affect everyone in the UK, not just those living in the London area”, and GB News was addressing a perceived gap in the market for “the vast number of British people who feel underserved and unheard by their media”.