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GB News is chaired by veteran political interviewer Andrew Neil, who has been working in journalism and broadcasting since he graduated university.

Neil is former editor of The Sunday Times and was founding chairman of Sky TV when it launched in 1988.

His new television channel will launch on June 13 with a special programme at 8pm titled Welcome To GB News – and by the look of things the set is definitely read.

With a roster of high-profile talent from the journalism and broadcasting industries, GB News has the likes of ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy, former executive editor for The Sun Dan Wootton, and ex-Sky presenter Colin Brazier.

Other names that will feature within the realm of GB News are former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, Darren McCaffrey and Rosie Wright who will host the new morning show – The Great British Breakfast.

GB News will be available to watch in HD on Sky channel 515 and Virgin Media's channel 626, as well as also showing on Freeview and YouView channel 236, Freesat channel 216 and online.

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Launching as a rival to the news and current affairs channels like the BBC and Sky, Andrew Neil has also brought in businesswoman and former winner of The Apprentice Michelle Dewberry.

Some of the programmes that will be shown on the news channel will be anchored by the likes of Neil Oliver, who is known for programmes including Coast and A History Of Ancient Britain, will host Neil Oliver Live, while Andrew Doyle will host Free Speech Nation.

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Former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart will also anchor a programme, Alastair Stewart And Friends, featuring conversation and analysis of current affairs.

Brazier and social commentator Mercy Muroki will host a joint show, as will former Labour MP Gloria De Piero and economist Liam Halligan.

GB News has also recruited a team of regional reporters to help serve its mission of involving "non-metropolitan voices in the national conversation".

Following his dramatic exit from Good Morning Britain earlier on in the year, Piers Morgan has been speculated to join the GB News team, many reports have suggested.

Piers Morgan left the popular ITV breakfast show after six years after making controversial comments about the Duchess of Sussex when her interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March, which received over 41,000 Ofcom complaints.

Chair of GB News, Andrew Neil told the Evening Standard it would "be nice to have him".

Appearing on ITV's This Morning, Neil praised the launch line-up of presenters as representative of "modern Britain".

He said: "On Sunday night we hope to launch GB News, a new channel. It is quite fraught, as you can imagine, trying to do this in the middle of a pandemic, but we are getting there.

"We are using lots of the latest new technology, which will be great, but, as you know, new technology doesn't always work first time round and all the journalists and technicians have got to get used to it. So it is a challenge, but I launched Sky News way back in 1989 so we are used to it.

"The one thing that has been great is the line-up of presenters. They are Britain, they are modern Britain."

The GB News studios are located in Paddington, west London and the channel will launch at 8pm on June 13.

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