A New Era for British News?

This policy outlook will explore the tension between the historical role of broadcast news in the UK and the growing influence of partisan and personality-based media as seen in the US.

Two news channels, GB News and UK News TV, are expected to launch in the United Kingdom in the upcoming months. Their impending introduction to the British media landscape has prompted a slew of controversies. With several founding figures and senior executives hailing from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, predictions on the editorial views and style of the new channels have prompted comparisons with American networks like Fox News. At the same time, broadcast news in the UK is monitored by Ofcom, a regulatory body that requires news to be balanced and accurate. As GB News and UK News TV enter the media landscape, Ofcom is also facing its own challenges, some of which comes from the government itself. This policy outlook will explore the tension between the historical role of broadcast news in the UK and the growing influence of partisan and personality-based media as seen in the United States.

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