The CEO of soon-to-be-launched GB News has accused the Guardian newspaper of making “untrue” and “baseless” claims about the broadcaster’s commitment to impartiality.
The Guardian has published a letter it has received from GB News rebutting comments made by one of the newspaper’s columnists in an article on January 8.
Marina Hyde waxed lyrical in her column about Britain’s regulated broadcast media when comparing it to the United States. She said that Trump would never have made it to the White House without Fox News pushing “boomer-bait” which “terrified and radicalised with wild disinformation.”
She later compared Fox News with GB News in the UK, describing it as an “anti-impartiality news channel”, despite the broadcaster at the time not having announced any of its production staff, its presenters or having indeed broadcast a single second of news.
And Angelos Frangopoulos, chief of GB News has hit back at the left-wing newspaper for its assumptions, blasting Hyde for her “false imagining of what GB News will be.”
In his letter, he states: “To call us an “anti-impartiality news channel” is not only untrue but baseless, given that we haven’t launched yet.
“It also misunderstands Ofcom’s due impartiality rules, which do not allow a biased news station in this country.
“GB News will be staunchly independent. That is our point. Our investors know this, our journalists will know it and so will our viewers. We aim to serve British communities who feel poorly represented by mainstream television media, especially outside London.
“We are proud to be adding plurality to UK media by investing in journalism that will be as diverse and broad-minded as the British people themselves.
“We are absolutely committed to our mission to report news in the most accurate and balanced way we can.”