30 Aug 2020

New channels hope to capitalise on criticisms of BBC


Fair, balanced and impartial – that’s the law for anyone broadcasting news and current affairs programmes in the UK.

But two new channels are hoping to capitalise on what critics of the BBC have described as its “woke, wet” agenda.

One is spearheaded by former Downing Street adviser Sir Robbie Gibb, the other is reportedly being mulled by Rupert Murdoch’s News UK. Both insist they will be impartial.

We’re joined by the former culture minister Ed Vaizey, who’s talked of the BBC’s massive public support, and Tim Montgomerie, a former prime ministerial adviser who’s accused the corporation of “Guardianista wokeness”.