These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate GB News Right Biased based on editorial positions that strongly favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with ownership and funding. Straight news reporting is generally factual.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United Kingdom (33/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in June 2021, GB News is a conservative-leaning TV News station based in the United Kingdom. They set up the station to compete with News Corp-owned Sky News and model the popular USA-based Fox News Channel. The website offers an editorial charter, which lacks transparency as they do not disclose their conservative bias. GB News also lacks transparency as they do not indicate ownership.
Upon launching the station, some advertisers such as IKEA pulled ads due to GB News not upholding “humanistic values.” Many other advertisers joined the boycott, which can be seen here.
Funded by / Ownership
GB News lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership. A search reveals that London-based ALL Perspectives Ltd owns GB News. According to Reuters, the television channel “secured millions of dollars from investors such as Discovery Inc, Legatum and hedge fund manager Paul Marshall. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
GB News features significant opinion programming from a right-leaning perspective. Notable commentators are former leader of the conservative United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage, former Brexit Party member Alexandra Phillips and former editor of The Sun newspaper Dan Wooten. The website features news reporting that uses moderately loaded language but is reasonably balanced such as this The Prime Minister admitted he has known about the UK haulage problems for months. This story is sourced correctly through direct quotes, while other stories are sourced through hyperlinks to usually credible sources such as the BBC.
Editorially, the news is reported with reasonable balance; however, we calculated that more stories favor the right such as this ‘Previous generations of Labour leaders, activists and voters would look in dismay at what Labour has become,’ says Oliver Dowden. The website features opinion pieces under the “GB Views” tag that demonstrates significant right-leaning bias. Many opinion stories oppose cancel culture and are often critical of the so-called “woke” movement Nana Akua on ‘ridiculous’ number of gender pronouns. Op-eds also display negative views toward immigration, such as this Patrick Christys: There’s a magic money tree for illegal immigration, but not for social care. In general, GB News reports news mostly factually, while editorial views align strongly with the right.
Failed Fact Checks
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Overall, we rate GB News Right Biased based on editorial positions that strongly favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with ownership and funding. Straight news reporting is generally factual. (D. Van Zandt 10/4/2021)