GB News launch – success or flop?

By Jamie Williams Last night, on the hottest day of the year to date, over 164,000 viewers tuned in to the launch of GB News. This figure was 280% higher than those that were watching Sky News during the same time. There were 31,000 more viewers watching GB News compared to BBC News. The big…

I’ve started, so I’ll finish…

By Christine Quigley The BBC’s Mastermind programme is a cultural institution. First aired in 1972, it’s now approaching ​one thousand episodes, and announced yesterday that Clive Myrie would be taking over as quizmaster, only the fifth host in the show’s history.  As a former contestant, I have a deep and abiding affection for the show, and was…

Is GB News the British Fox?

By Simon Gentry Is Britain about to get its own Fox-style, right-wing 24 hour rolling news television station?  That question has been exciting left-wing Twitter in the last week or so and does raise a host of questions about the way the media landscape is changing and what the public think of the current providers….

In TV You Can Trust: The Facts that are Fit to Screen

By Dafydd Rees, Partner For UK television news the past few months appears to have been both the best of times and the worst of times. The COVID-19 lockdown brought both mass audiences and sky-high levels of public trust in broadcast news. And yet, in the commercial news sector falling revenues have resulted in cutbacks….

Whip hand?

By Guy Smith, Partner When a government minister poses for a picture with a whip strategically placed on his desk, it’s bound to get people talking. The photo was taken on the day Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced a U-turn on A Level and GCSE grades. There was tittle-tattle on Twitter, rumours on radio and much…

The not quite 10 commandments of social media

By Ian Silvera, Account Director Woe unto you, naughty Sky News presenters, producers and correspondents, for you have committed heinous social media sins, the outlet’s boss John Ryley almost declared as he unveiled a novemalogue of rules for Twitter usage yesterday.  The Head of Sky News, building on Fryer ‘David’ Cameron’s famous warning that “too…