GB News mocked after mixing up Llandovery and Birmingham
The new GB News channel has been mocked online after placing Llandovery in the middle of Birmingham.
The TV station’s chyron claimed a segment ‘from our GB News reporters nationwide’ was filmed in the rural Carmarthenshire market town.
In reality, the background was Alum Road in Saltley, an inner-city area of Birmingham east of the city centre.
There was no evidence that the right-wing news channel, which has already been plagued by technical errors, intended to mislead. However, the mistake was the subject of much amusement on social media.
Llandovery is in Wales. But she’s clearly stood in Birmingham. As VERIFIED on Google Street View! https://t.co/jD01s8020L – From the premier news station for geography. #GBNews pic.twitter.com/S5CpkkyNUV
— GBNews Fails (@GBNewsFails) June 16, 2021
“Born and bred in Birmingham, proud now to be Welsh due entirely to GBnews,” said John Moss.
“Also a clue on the shopfront with the 0121 telephone number,” added Nick Gill.
“Birmingham must have its very own Welsh enclave,” suggested Dominic Eaves. “More Druid Quarter than Latin Quarter?”
“Well, it’s a new Great British variation on the old ‘for Wales, see England’ we suppose!” YesCymru said.
Another user noted that they have made a similar mistake a few days earlier as Linlithgow in West Lothian, Scotland was reported as being in Doncaster, England.
The mix-up is the latest to draw the scorn of viewers after the channel’s launch was plagued by problems, including an unclear picture, audio echo and microphones that did not work.
The channel has also run into an advertising boycott after Ikea, Kopparberg and Octopus Energy withdrew their ads from the network after it was launched on Sunday.
IKEA said: “We are in the process of investigating how this may have occurred to ensure it won’t happen again in future, and have suspended paid display advertising in the meantime.”
The boycott relates to the channel’s partisan content, with veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil claiming that the channel would not be “another echo chamber for the metropolitan mindset that already dominates so much of the media”.
Campaign group Stop Funding Hate, meanwhile, has challenged advertisers on social media to stop funding the channel.