GB News to launch radio station in 2022: Eamonn Holmes, Anne Diamond and Colin Brazier are among the stars who will present shows on new DAB service
- It becomes the only broadcaster to simultaneously broadcast the entire output live on radio and television.
- Holmes will present breakfast each day with co-host Isabel Webster
- GB News bosses said today the move will upset “mainstream media”
GB News will be launching a radio station in the New Year, which it says will shake up “mainstream media”.
The channel will become the only UK broadcaster to simultaneously broadcast all of its programs live on radio and television across the country.
New programs and a number of new presenters – including recently announced breakfast host Eamonn Holmes – will be introduced alongside the launch of its DAB radio service in 2022.
Eamonn Holmes, who replaces broadcaster Simon McCoy, and Isabel Webster (pictured together) will be the first to feature on the dual service when their TV show airs on January 4.
How many listeners GB News radio rivals attract each week
BBC Radio 4 – 10.8 million
BBC Radio 5 Live – 5.9 million
LBC – 3 million
Radio Time – 637,000
Holmes, who replaces broadcaster Simon McCoy, and Isabel Webster will be the first to feature on the dual-service when their television program airs on January 4.
Managing Director Angelos Frangopoulos said the changes were the first in a long series for 2022.
“With radio, we are disrupting traditional media because everyone will be able to continue with the same channel, whether at home, traveling or at work,” he said.
“We set out to innovate and shake up news media and that’s what we do, whether it’s on DAB TV and radio, online, in apps, live on YouTube or on digital media. digital platforms, GB News will be where the public wants it. to be.’
Launched in June with seven daily broadcasts, GB News has doubled its programming.
In the New Year, reporter Anne Diamond will co-host the Weekend Breakfast with Stephen Dixon, making her GB News debut on Dan Wootton’s show on Tuesday, it was announced.
In the New Year, reporter Anne Diamond (pictured) will co-host the weekend breakfast with Stephen Dixon
Colin Brazier (pictured) will anchor a new two-hour weekdays Drivetime program
Key programs on GB News radio station
Breakfast – hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster
Drivetime – a two hour program hosted by Colin Brazier on weekdays
We Need To Talk About … – a 2pm weekday program hosted by Alex Phillips
Alastair Stewart And Friends – a weekend afternoon program that airs three days a week
Weekend Breakfast – presented by Anne Diamond and Stephen Dixon
Real Britain – a weekend show presented by Darren Grimes
The discussion – A Sunday show at 3 p.m. hosted by Inaya Folarin Iman
Colin Brazier will present a new two-hour Drivetime program on weekdays and Alex Phillips will host the 2-hour program We Need to Talk About …, building on the franchise she already created on her show.
Meanwhile, the weekend afternoon program Alastair Stewart And Friends will air three days a week.
The channel’s recently introduced headliners, featuring a panel of British comedians discussing the next day’s papers, will become a seven-night offer, GB News has reported.
Also in the New Year, Darren Grimes will present Real Britain on the weekend, a new religious affairs program will be hosted by Calvin Robinson and Inaya Folarin Iman returns to host The Discussion at 3pm on Sunday.
The changes come after veteran newsreader McCoy announced he was leaving GB News earlier this month.
McCoy becomes the second prominent figure to leave the free news channel, which got off to a choppy start after former BBC political broadcaster Andrew Neil resigned as chairman and host of a prime-time show listen earlier this year.
The 60-year-old left BBC News after almost 18 years to join GB News in March, where he presented The Great British Breakfast alongside Kirsty Gallacher.
However, GB News confirmed in early December that McCoy had quit the channel for “personal reasons”, with a representative for the journalist also confirming his exit.