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Welsh language Paw Patrol triumphs once more as GB News records zero viewers during some shows

15 Jul 2021 3 minutes Read
Andrew Neil. By Financial Times (CC 2.0). Right, Patrol Pawennau.

GB News’ viewing figures have slumped again since Nation.Cymru reported that their figures were lower than some broadcasts of S4C’s Welsh language Paw Patrol.

Chairman Andrew Neil’s new ‘anti-woke’ news channel attracted no measurable audience during some of its broadcasts yesterday, according to official television audience figures produced by ratings agency Barb.

The figures were recorded the day after Welsh broadcaster Guto Harri took the knee live on television to demonstrate solidarity with the England team following racist abuse aimed at some players – a symbolic protest which led to some viewers calling for a boycott.

The TV figures showed that Business editor Liam Halligan and former Labour MP Gloria De Piero recorded zero viewers for their show between 1pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

GB News’ audience hit zero once more during a late-afternoon programme co-hosted by ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy and former UKIP spokesperson Alex Phillips at 5pm, according to the Guardian.

The slump in viewers once again took GB News’ viewings figures lower than those of Patrol Pawennau, the Welsh language Paw Patrol, which recorded 19,000 viewers according to the delayed ratings most recently published by S4C.

‘Unacceptable’

Earlier today GB News has blasted as “an unacceptable breach of our standards” the taking of the knee by Guto Harri.

In a statement posted on Twitter, GB News said: “GB News stands four square against racism in all its forms. We do not have a company line on taking the knee. Some of our guests have been in favour, some against. All are anti-racist. We have editorial standards that all GB News journalists uphold.

“On Tuesday a contributing presenter took the knee live on air and this was an unacceptable breach of our standards.”

It also deleted a tweet that showcased the segment.

Guto Harri, who also presents Y Byd yn ei Le on S4C, was stepping in for Colin Brazier on Brazier and Muroki on Tuesday, and said he had “underestimated” the level of racism among some sections of England fans.

Discussing his decision to take a knee, Guto Harri said: “All politics is about gestures, not just about running public services. It’s about signalling what’s right and wrong about a country,” he said.

“I’ve never understood why people find it offensive. I tended to be one of those people who thought ‘do we really need to do this at every football match’.

“But having seen just how close to the surface how hideously ugly racism among some English fans is, I totally get it why this squad throughout wanted to make a stand, day in, day out, every time they took to the pitch.”

 

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Huw Davies
Huw Davies
7 days ago

“GB News stands four square against racism in all its forms.”  “On Tuesday a contributing presenter took the knee live on air and this was an unacceptable breach of our standards.” Given that taking the knee, in this context, is unequivocally anti racist, I find these statements mutually exclusive. Darren Grimes takes a cheap shot at Marcus Rashford without censure but ‘Welsh GBNews presenter shows solidarity with England football team against racism’ isn’t acceptable. Well done, Guto, for proving that this channel is a bit ‘woke’ after all, if something upsets its right wing ‘standards’! No surprise that Gloria de… Read more »

Bruce
Bruce
7 days ago

The sooner they go bust the better.

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 days ago
Reply to  Bruce

I doubt whether they were ever anything but bust. Debt underwritten by some backers will keep them afloat until said backers buzz off. Solvency will only last as long as cash is pumped in. Given the results I fancy that the pump may have stopped already.

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
6 days ago

Rather intolerant comments expressed here. It’s only a TV channel, if you don’t like it use your remote!
Comparing it to a childrens’ Welsh language-dubbed cartoon is rather silly. They’re chalk and cheese.
I don’t like the Guardian newspaper and therefore never buy it, but I respect the right of others to purchase it.
Live and let live.

Richard Y Cymro
Richard Y Cymro
1 day ago

GB News is Fox News without the budget. Like Fox it has no intellectual stimulus , but to thrust a thinly veiled British/English tub-thumping Unionism down viewers throats, if they had any that is. In fact. It’s so bad I wish it had music on so I could listening to something with substance whist I drifted off to sleep.

Last edited 1 day ago by Richard Y Cymro

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