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GB News trounced in viewing figures by Pobol y Cwm – and gets five times fewer than Welsh language Paw Patrol

27 Jun 2021 2 minutes Read
No contest: Left, Andrew Neil. By Financial Times (CC 2.0) Right, Sera Cracoft as Eileen on Pobol y Cwm. Picture by the BBC.

GB News’s viewing figures have slumped below those of Welsh language S4C shows such as Pobol y Cwm, the latest figures reveal.

The right-wing news channel debuted to ratings of 336,000 on June 13, higher even than established rivals Sky News and BBC News.

But the latest figures showed a significant slump, with only a maximum of 32,000 tuning in on Thursday. Chairman Andrew Neil’s own flagship show only attracted 31,000.

It means that the channel has slumped below viewing figures for Welsh language S4C shows such as Pobol y Cwm, which attracts 44,000 viewers according to the latest S4C stats.

Welsh language Paw Patrol, Patrol Pawennau, pulled in over five times as many viewers at 161,000.

BBC News at Ten on Thursday meanwhile pulled in 3.6 million viewers.

The slump in GB News viewers comes as Chairman Andrew Neil announced that he would be taking a break from presenting on the network.

At the end of his regular program Thursday, Andrew Neil, said that he would “be back before the summer is out, and popping up when you least expect it.” Colin Brazier, another presenter for the channel, will be taking over Neil’s place during his break.

Admitting to a “rocky start” for the channel, the chairman said he would soon take a “few weeks” hiatus in a recent monologue.

He added: “We get better every day, and there is clearly an appetite for what we are doing.

“In two short weeks, we have already built a loyal audience, which has beaten all of our expectations.”

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 month ago

Pobol is the best soap on tele, by far!!!!!

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

And in fairness Paw Patrol is a lot more factual than GBNews

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Da iawn 😊

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Do you REALLY believe that a dog can drive a speedboat??

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Actually, thinking about it that’s not enough subscription fees to cover their wage bill, even if cast and crew were on minimum wage. Assuming ad space is cheaper than on proper TV they won’t even be breaking even.
I wonder which shadowy cabal is paying to keep this going

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

What subscription fees? The channel’s on Freeview!

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Phil Davies

Then I have been misled by some far right poster on another board who claimed they had 131k “subscribers”.
They are clearly in even direr straits then. Good.

Luke Smith
Luke Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

I think the ‘far right poster’ is talking about YouTube subscrbers.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Ok, so GB News is majority owned by people who live outside the UK, here are some names to play with, Mark Stalson who is from Malta and lives in UAE, Alan McCormick also resides in the UAE then there’s New Zealander Christopher Chandler, bet you can’t guess where he lives? ….. UAE. Then last of all, old wiggy himself, Andrew Neal, who is listed as living in the south of France, not only is he chairman of GBN he is also chairman of Discovery Communications Europe ltd who are another owner of GBN, I think I’ve got that right,… Read more »

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

😄 Thanks Mark, I didn’t know who specifically, but that does not surprise me overmuch. But having looked into it a little just now on Google, McCormick and Chandler are big players in the Legatum Group. Known to have affiliations with certain Conservative MPs, they have also recruited a former MI6 chief (none of which is illegal but raises eyebrows). A website called Intelligence online leaks a few enthralling words like “Russia” and “spying”. I won’t be looking into it any closer, but a Tory affiliated investment group with connections to intelligence services suggests to me that perhaps they have… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Chris
CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago

Duw mowr, na gyd sy’n watchad pobol dyddie ma?

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Another boring “current affairs” channel that only attracted attention because some muppet labelled it “right wing” and that brought loads of people out in a rash. Had it not drawn such criticism it would have been even more anonymous. Its content seems to be aimed at the Anglo audience anyway so best left to them.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

As much as England is a conservative, right oriented nation it isn’t right-wing enough to accept such a nationalistic channel as GB News. As for the other countries of the UK we’ve had enough of what is essentially English nationalism to start with !

Simon Rook
Simon Rook
1 month ago

‘Five times fewer’? No, that is a negative number.
I suggest if that is what you were taught at a school you sue them.

defaid
defaid
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon Rook

Bad grammar. Five times as many… five times fewer? Horrible.

“… one fifth that of… ” is much better.

Christopher Blackmore
Christopher Blackmore
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon Rook

Five times as many … one fifth as many… it’s not difficult.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon Rook

It sounds clunky but five times fewer is correct. Essentially it means GBN has 1/5th the viewers that Patrol Pawennau got.

stephen dignall
stephen dignall
1 month ago

All the British viewers want is a truthful, unbiased all encompassing view of news and current affairs (Whoops, sorry Matt!) in the uk and around the world such you get on C4 news.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

I wish that were true. Unfortunately I believe the Johnson cult only want somewhere that feeds their rage and tells them who to hate next

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Oh dear! They jumped on Johnson’s bandwagon just as the wheels fell off.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Not defending GB News in any way, but this article is entirely baseless, as the figures you quote for Pobol y Cwm and Patrol Pawennau are FROM MARCH. See for yourselves here: https://www.s4c.cymru/cy/amdanom-ni/page/31291/ffigurau-gwylio/. The latest stats from BARB have POBOL Y CWM at a high of 28k and PATRÔL PAWENNAU at 20k. Nevertheless, those numbers are on par with what GB News has been getting, as there have been ratings posted by Victoria Derbyshire on Twitter showing the channel at below 20k in daytime, and are only slightly below what Andrew Neil’s been getting too. So, you can make the… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Matt
Neil Smith
Neil Smith
1 month ago

Lol brillo pad hair

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 month ago

Now that’s a headline I’d never have predicted!

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

and I don’t watch Pobl or Patrol Pawen.

Matt Lore
Matt Lore
1 month ago

You can at least do the decent thing and compare like for like time slots not just random programs.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt Lore

Why?

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

‘Cos it would be sensible.

Vaughan
Vaughan
1 month ago

In the eighties Pobol y Cwm attracted c 200,000.
Less than fifty thousand now.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago
Reply to  Vaughan

I’m the 80s Pobol was also shown on C4 with English subtitles, was it not?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

N ever heard of Paw Patroll and I am not fluent in Welsh but I really do have to find “Pups and the Kitty-tastrophe.”

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

I think I’ve seen Matt Hancock’s ‘Gina’s Puppies and the Clitty-tastrophe’. Just after BJ and the Bare and Cummings not Going. Is that the one you mean?

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Wuf!

Sharon Blow
Sharon Blow
1 month ago

Wow ! The knives are out for GB news. Go Haters !

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