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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
10 months ago

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

Chris
Chris
10 months ago

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

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Da iawn 😊

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

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

Chris
Chris
10 months 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
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

What subscription fees? The channel’s on Freeview!

Chris
Chris
10 months 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
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

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

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Offensive t**t why would I want to give it a chance? Should Gweat Bwwwitain have given Lord Haw Haw a chance? Should we all give Infowars a chance? I have no interest in far right echo chambers or propaganda

Rob
Rob
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Yeah cause you’re blatantly not a left wing nut job who lives in an echo chamber watching BBC and reading the guardian

Bruce
Bruce
10 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I would not describe the BBC as left-wing, only a right-wing nut job with views to the right of Mussolini would describe it as right-wing. And if you don’t believe think about the free pass they have given Boris Johnson – had he been the leader of the Labour party they would have destroyed his reputation (such as it is) by now, and god knows there’s plenty of ammunition they could use against him.

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Why would I read the Grauniad? It’s a Labour, One Nation rag, as disrespectful to Wales as the BBC. I’m not even a Welsh nationalist. I just agree with them on many things. For me the key thing is that Cymru keeps getting drawn into governments it has NEVER voted for who treat it with contempt. So the logical answer for representative government is self governance.
Still, well done on being wrong on EVERY point of your personal slur

Mark
Mark
10 months 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
10 months 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 10 months ago by Chris
CJPh
CJPh
10 months ago

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

hdavies15
hdavies15
10 months 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
10 months 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 !

Lee Holman
Lee Holman
10 months ago

Typical that you had thumbs down for posting a sensible comment. Just goes to show what vile unwashed commies are out there

Tim
Tim
10 months ago

what is your definition of a “Decent” news channel Lee ? I am assuimng that you are capable of giving a reasoned reply

Simon Rook
Simon Rook
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago
Reply to  Simon Rook

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

Chris
Chris
10 months 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.

Brit
Brit
10 months ago

Then why does GB News call itself a right wing channel? They’ve been open about that right from the start, it’s the whole point of their existence. Turns out, the vast majority of Brits aren’t as bigoted and fanatical as they thought they were.

Brit
Brit
10 months ago

GB News is a failure and a laughing stock. Ever since Mike Hunt and Ivor Biggun stopped tuning in, the ratings have nosedived.

stephen dignall
stephen dignall
10 months 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
10 months 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

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Spoken like a true cultist. Deflect deflect deflect

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

What am I deflecting? Comparing a soap to a news channel is very silly. They’re chalk and cheese!

Quornby
Quornby
10 months ago

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

Matt
Matt
10 months 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 10 months ago by Matt
Neil Smith
Neil Smith
10 months ago

Lol brillo pad hair

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
10 months ago

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

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
10 months ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

and I don’t watch Pobl or Patrol Pawen.

Matt Lore
Matt Lore
10 months ago

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

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Matt Lore

Why?

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

‘Cos it would be sensible.

Vaughan
Vaughan
10 months ago

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

Matt
Matt
10 months ago
Reply to  Vaughan

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

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Wuf!

Chris
Chris
10 months ago

Hello Adolf. You an Eng Nat visitor to our site looking to vent your hate?

Rob
Rob
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

You really need to have a word with your doctor and get whatever issues you’re having sorted out…you’re literally the dumbest hypocrite I’ve came across, you insulted “gweat bwitain” but soon as it’s done to Wales you’re calling them Hitler lol you’re too soft for comment sections.

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I appear to have acquired my own personal hater. 😁

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
10 months ago

No doubt you eat Welsh Lamb you Gammon.

Bruce
Bruce
10 months ago

Pig ignorant lazy racism from a pig ignorant lazy racist. Try to think of something better to insult us with for a change. By the way your glorious leader Boris Johnson, someone you are clearly in love with, went to Eton where buggery is rampant.

Last edited 10 months ago by Bruce
Jim
Jim
10 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

And what’s wrong with that? A bit intolerant yourself no?

Bruce
Bruce
10 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Just trading insults for insults (and also using a quote from the film Mortdecai). I will admit that my remark is below the belt but give me one good reason why I should tolerate the sort of mindless insults from a racist d***head such as jaguar. Sod the tolerance and fight fire with fire.

Incidentally Eton is a school so it is wrong if the persons involved are underage.

Hywel
Hywel
10 months ago

What on earth are you doing on a newsite dedicated to newyddion Cymru (Welsh news)? Bizarre.

Bruce
Bruce
10 months ago

I think you’ll find that the animal characters on Paw Patrol are dogs.

hdavies15
hdavies15
10 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

Cut jaguar some slack. He thinks all dogs chase sheep and he identifies very closely with that kind of behaviour. Given time he may find a remedy.

Sharon Blow
Sharon Blow
10 months ago

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

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