GB News launches recruitment drive for 140 jobs and declares commitment to 'impartial journalism' - Press Gazette

GB News launches recruitment drive for 140 jobs and declares commitment to 'impartial journalism'

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Andrew Neil’s GB News has launched a recruitment drive for 140 jobs, calling for “disruptors and innovators” who want to help “reshape television and digital news”.

It is been widely reported that the channel will be right-wing, with some even predicting that it will be the UK’s answer to Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox in the US.

Chairman and ex-BBC presenter Andrew Neil (pictured) has said GB News will target “the vast number of British people who feel under served and unheard by their media”.

But today chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos said “we are committed to impartial journalism”.

Available roles on the 24-hour TV and online news channel, expected to launch later this year, include producers of all levels, video journalists and reporters, technical production journalists, creative journalists and executive assistants.

The job adverts describe GB News’ plans to be “refreshingly different”, calling for staff who can “tap into what the country is talking about” and do “not want to make traditional news or follow what everyone else is doing”.

The broadcaster has told potential recruits: “We’re changing the face of news and debate in the UK – and you can be part of it.

“GB News is a hugely ambitious new television and digital service. We’re looking for brilliant journalists from all backgrounds to help us shake things up.

“You’ll be bursting with ideas and determined to find original stories and new voices from every part of the country.

“You’ll be a disruptor and an innovator who approaches the news in a provocative and entertaining way.

“We are serious about changing things, so only apply if you genuinely want to make a difference and reflect the stories and issues that really matter to the people of the UK.”

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The advert for the video journalists role reveals plans to build a network of people based across the country who are “embedded in – and are a part of – their community, with a ready supply of impactful stories, interviews and contributors”.

The television production journalists role claims the channel will be “shaking things up off the screen as well [as on-screen], changing the way television and digital content is produced”.

“You will be technology-savvy, passionate about journalism and driven to learn new skills which will frame the future of the media industry.”

The creative roles call for graphic artists and video editors who will help to use the “full power of all forms of telling and illustrating compelling stories – video, graphics, social and sound”.

The project has previously said it planned to hire 120 journalists and 20 support staff.

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GB News has also announced three senior appointments, including Reach’s group head of video Rebecca Hutson who is joining as head of digital. The former Mail Online director of video will also appear on-air.

It has poached ITN’s head of field operations Lucy O’Brien to be its head of technology and operations, while Lucinda Duckett has been named director of corporate affairs and editorial advocacy.

Duckett most notably spent 13 years at News Corp Australia where she was group editorial development manager and editorial communications manager and managed Australia’s Right to Know campaign which led to a reform of Freedom of Information laws.

Chief executive Frangopoulos, a former boss of Sky News Australia, said: “Rebecca, Lucy and Lucinda are outstanding achievers in their respective fields and demonstrate the calibre of talent we are hiring.

“We are committed to impartial journalism and a fresh approach to news, covering stories and issues that reflect the concerns and conversations of the whole UK.

“We’re looking for a range of voices and perspectives, so we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

John McAndrew, a former director of content at Sky News and consulting executive at NBC News, has already been named director of news and programmes.

GB News revealed earlier in January it had secured funding from Dubai-based investment group Legatum, known for funding think tank the Legatum Institute, and one of the UK’s most prominent hedge fund managers, Sir Paul Marshall, who was a donor to the Vote Leave campaign.

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.

The full amount raised was not revealed but is understood to be in the region of £60m.

The channel says it expects to reach 96% of British television households via Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, YouView and Freesat. It will also have streaming, video-on-demand and audio services.

Picture: BBC/iPlayer


16 thoughts on “GB News launches recruitment drive for 140 jobs and declares commitment to 'impartial journalism'”

  1. It’s not an issue of left or right wing…
    There needs to be a media .. written or broadcast .. that reports the news.. WITHOUT a layer of bias. For example..
    Complaining about “high earners” this is grammatically incorrect equally “benefit scroungers” shows bias …
    A story that exists at this moment is “legacy benefits not receiving the £20 up lift” but the media has focused on “UC loosing £20 up lift” .. it’s not as if this couldn’t be researched.. its been going on since March 2020…
    The ability for the public to contact the media exists but the biased fire wall that I have found to even the above is across ALL the media.
    A story is not on a plate.. work needs to be done… Think of the whistle blowers that have contacted the media with the evidence.. only to be instantly dismissed.
    Andrew Neil’s GB News could change the landscape…
    Mark James.

  2. Classic BBC News at 10 tonight, featuring both Huw Edwards and Laura Kuenssberg solemnly repeating Boris Johnson’s claim today that he ‘truly did everything that he could’ to prevent Covid fatalities.

    What Boris Johnson said is, unequivocally, a lie. It is a matter of fact that what he said is a lie. Did the BBC report the objective fact that this is a lie? No.

    On all three occasions that Johnson announced a lockdown, he did so long after the scientists told him it was necessary, by which time many more people had become infected and deaths had rocketed. Did the BBC explain this? No.

    The UK ran a pandemic simulation a few years ago which demonstrated that the country would not cope and made numerous recommendations to plug the holes, none of which were enacted. Did the BBC mention this? No.

    The UK was supposed to have a PPE stockpile but did not, because all its emergency planners had been diverted for years to work on Brexit preparations. Did the BBC mention this? No.

    The UK government initially decided to pursue a strategy of herd immunity – a fact admitted by Boris Johnson on breakfast TV at the beginning of the pandemic – which was disastrous and caused many deaths. Did the BBC mention this? No.

    The government insisted upon keeping schools open, constantly misstating and denying the evidence that they were responsible for a vast amount of the spread, which resulted in huge rises in cases and therefore deaths. Did the BBC mention this? No.

    The government forked out billions to cronies and Tory donors for a Test and Trace system which has never worked. Other countries who did Test and Trace properly have seen fewer deaths in a year than the UK is currently recording per day. Did the BBC mention this? No.

    But it found time to repeatedly mention Boris Johnson insisting he had done all he possibly could. The BBC aired this lie multiple times in one news broadcast without ever informing viewers of the unequivocal fact that it was a lie.

    In a 15-minute news package, mention of the government’s innumerable failures was limited to a clip of Kier Starmer, which was about seven seconds long, and about ten seconds of commentary by Kuenssberg.

    This is a TV station which internet fantasists, groomed by Facebook disinformation and Twitter bots, insist is a left-wing propaganda factory which has it in for the Tories.

    People need to switch off the social media, engage in reality and get a grip.

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