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Saturday 29 May 2021

GB News - Not Very British

For an organisation that has not been backwards in coming forwards to splash the red, white and blue across its advance publicity, and indeed its corporate style, GB News is increasingly showing that, in reality, it is rather less British than its target audience. But then, so is rather a lot of our free and fearless press.

As Private Eye editor Ian Hislop once pointed out, the Daily Mailis owned by the Rothermere family … The current Lord Rothermere’s father loved Great Britain so much he went to live in France as a tax exile … He then passed on the nom-dom status to his son who doesn’t actually pay the normal amount of tax despite owning a newspaper that’s owned through various tax companies in Bermuda”. The Murdoch titles fare no better.

After all, Rupe is a US citizen. And the Barclay brother (now singular) running the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph has also placed himself offshore. GB News appears to be inhabiting the same world: as Press Gazette has conceded, “Discovery Inc, the US-based network which has a documentary partnership with the BBC in the UK, was the first major investor with reports of it investing around £20m”.

That’s a third of the rumoured £60 million raised. Anyone else? “Dubai-based investment group Legatum, known for its funding of think tank the Legatum Institute which launched in 2007, has also come on board”. And despite all those sneak previews of their London studios, GB News’ key weekday evening show will come from, er, France.

The news came from the weekly Popbitch email, rather than any admission from the broadcaster: “GB News has finally announced its launch date, but it doesn't seem as if the project's frontman, Andrew Neil, is going to be back to GB in time for the grand début. Thanks to travel restrictions, he's been trapped chez Neil in the south of France for the last little while - a country currently on the amber list”. That should surprise no-one.

He's been put out to Grasse ho ho ho

After all, the Companies House filing for All Perspectives Limited, which owns GB News, lists Brillo’s correspondence address as “22 Old Queen Street, London, England, SW1H 9HP” - the head office of the increasingly alt-right Spectator magazine - and his country of residence as “France” (two other directors reside in the UAE, and one in the USA).

So how do the Popbitch team reckon that Brillo will be getting round his little local locational difficulty? “The whispered workaround? Andrew's show is going to be broadcast from a studio somewhere on the French Riviera”. How very British of him.

Their email signs off the item with this observation: “Critics will no doubt scoff at the idea of GB News's flagship show getting beamed in from France, but in fairness it was always the plan to break the London media stranglehold. And besides, if you want to take on les élites what better place to find them than the glittering Côte d’Azur?” Yes, well.

Much of the money coming from abroad, and now it looks increasingly like the key weekday evening show will be based in a country forming part of the hated EU.

But GB News will be challenging the elites. Presumably by looking in the mirror.

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Johnspartacusanonymous said...

As soon as one hears the dread name Legatum it's simply a given that we can expect devious sinister corrupt/corrupting subversive scum.
How can we combat the pervasive influence of these deranged pointyheads and their front-men ?

Anonymous said...

The target audience can't wait for this enterprise to 'stick it' to the apparently hard left wing BBC etc because they really do believe that the hedge funds and tax exiles behind it are on 'their side' (not that they know who's actually funding it of course) that would require a bit of effort which of course they don't do, ever!

Anonymous said...

So it's French jambon fume.

The poor gammons have been mugged again.

Johnspartacusanonymous said...

Can't beat jambon fume amongst other goodies in a cassoulet. Almost Germanic style in its excess of piggy bits. So evidently strictly for the monied and not the Duped Gammonistae.