'There is an all-out attack on GB News that is coming from the established broadcasters', says Nigel Farage

'There is an all-out attack on GB News that is coming from the established broadcasters', says Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage claims GB News is under all out attack

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By Nigel Farage

Published: 24/04/2024

- 20:28

Updated: 25/04/2024

- 08:34

Nigel Farage shared his views on the impact of GB News

I have no wish to be self-indulgent, but GB News has been making a bit of an impact, and I think over the last six months the channel has grown.

Certainly the viewing figures and the listening figures back that up. And I have to say, I'm very proud of the fact that some evenings this show gets more viewers, according to the official figures, than the other news channels added up together.

In line with that, I think GB News and its influence over the national debate is growing way beyond its size. Now look, of course, we've got problems with the advertising industry. The boycott that was put on this channel before a single minute of transmission has made it hard.


But there is an all-out attack coming on GB News from existing established broadcasters. Andrew Neil, and bear in mind that Andrew Neil was the chairman for a brief period of this company when it launched, yesterday said: "I'm surprised how tolerant Ofcom has been of GB News."

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage shared his views on the impact of GB News

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Andrew Neil didn't last very long on this channel. He did eight episodes of his programme before he left, and I think what he's saying sounds a little bitter, but my real complaint is Nick Robinson.

Yes, of The Today programme, from his lofty and very comfortable perch at the BBC. Repeatedly, continually, has a go at GB News and today's tweet kind of just summed up where we are with next.

He said: "So, Nigel Farage, one of the founders and owners of the Reform Party, can present an impartial programme on a TV news channel during the general election, according to the broadcasting regulator Ofcom.

"The leader of the party, Richard Tice and its only MP, Lee Anderson, can also present programmes in the run-up to the campaign alongside Jacob Rees-Mogg. Is this your idea of impartiality?"

Well, I wonder, Nick Robinson, how impartial are you? I mean, you were a member, weren't you, of the Conservative Party in years gone by?

He recently said in an interview with Lord Cameron that Israel attacks and murders tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians, and I could go back over the years and I could accuse you time and again of allowing your opinion to be expressed on the BBC.

I don't think you're impartial either. I don't think any human being who works in news or current affairs is impartial. We all have our own personal opinions, but that's not the point.

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It's our pitch. It's our little game where the established broadcasters, nobody else, can be allowed to join our club. I would remind you, that in the early days when Sky launched, Sky had some very opinionated presenters.

Sky was the challenger. But now you're the establishment. You don't want anybody else to be able to play with the ball. But here is why Andrew Neil is wrong. Here is why Nick Robinson is wrong.

Our duty as broadcasters is not to be impartial.

This channel has never pretended that it would have impartial presenters. our job as broadcasters is to give due impartiality. That is the definition.

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Farage claimed that there was an "all-out attack"

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That is what is demanded of us now. The pressures that are being put on Ofcom are enormous. And yes, they have picked the channel up once or twice for things that have gone wrong, which, if you think about it, for a fledgling broadcaster, is not in itself particularly surprising.

I would say this, and I mean this. I think this channel gives more air time to different views right across the political spectrum in this country than any of the other broadcasters.

I don't believe we break the law. I think we give due impartiality. I don't believe that news is biased at all.

I think this all-out attack on us that is coming from the established broadcasters is rather like the way Ukip was treated ten years ago as it was rising in the polls. Human beings have got their little club.

They never want anyone new to join.


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