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Welsh TV show deletes good luck message to GB News channel following backlash

12 Jun 2021 3 minutes Read
GB News chair and lead broadcaster Andrew Neil. By Financial Times (CC 2.0)

The Welsh TV programme Heno has deleted a good luck message to the GB News channel, following a fierce backlash.

The S4C magazine and news show shared a video clip on Twitter from is new TV series, Heno Aur, which features Andrew Neil, who is GB News’ chair as well as its lead broadcaster.

Angry social media users bombarded the show’s account with messages asking why it had posted the message.

The footage in the clip was of Neil making predictions in 1997 about how technology would impact broadcasting, business and politics.

The broadcaster, which is set to launch at 8pm on Sunday, has been pitched to potential viewers as “anti-woke”.

But those behind the opinionated, US-style current affairs television channel, reject suggestions that it will be a British version of Fox News.#

GB employees have reportedly been told that their target audience is “rational, civic-minded centrists”.

Welsh broadcaster Guto Harri, who was communications chief to Boris Johnson as Mayor of London will co-host a weekly news and discussion programme on the channel.

The tweet from Heno said: “THIS! HAS! COME! TRUE! AMAZING! How @afneil absolutely nailed predicting the future back in 1997 when most of us had no idea what he was talking about

“Ahead of the pack. Good luck shaping the future with @GBNEWS. Pob Lwc! @Guto_harri”.

‘Response’ 

In response to the tweet, Sion Meredith said: “What is this please?”

Brian Moran said: Parody account? GB News and Andrew Neil!? Dear me who thought this was a good idea?

Vaughan Williams said: “To tell the truth, they’re a threat to Wales. Right wing Brits!”

Ann Hopcyn said: Warning! Your account has been hacked by populists.”

Deian ap Rhisiart said: “Oh dear, not sure what to say.”

Angharad Mair, presenter, and Executive Director with Tinopolis, which produces Heno, replied: “Well thank you for not saying anything mean. I wrote this, an attempt to promote a new series of Heno Aur and it’s archive from the 90’s and I was combining an item in it with the comment on a new channel. From here on out, sticking from promoting Welshness.”

In the announcement of his new show on GB News, Guto Harri said: “Very excited to be joining this stunning line up and lovely bunch of people to bring new energy, insight and perspective to TV news in the UK.

“GB News is pioneering a new way in television news and debate with an energy and feistiness that really appeals to me.

“Most importantly, the channel is determined to reflect as well as respect the range of views of its audience across the UK.”

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Mr Williams
Mr Williams
1 month ago

I recommend France 24 for international news. Excellent news channel.

Phil Davies
Phil Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

… or a bit of Russia Today

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

Likewise Al Jazeera

paul-neath
paul-neath
1 month ago

Andrew Marr, Boris Johnson, Paul Gasgoine, Fred West, Nigel Farage Harold Shipman, Dominic Cummings, Prince William etc etc Oh and the Tw-t who runs Weatherspoons. What the Fu-k are we worried about. Let us just concentrate on Wales and our peoples. Ignore the other side of Offas Dyke. I do, and I can tell you it is refreshing experience indeed. Come on Cymru.

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago
Reply to  paul-neath

If we had a cymrocentric, rational, discourse driven news and opinion media, these guys at GB News could simply be seen as a concurrent view from a different place, like many US new/online media creators who have actual scruples {potentially; GB News haven’t produced anything yet. It could justvend up being a sensationalist news outfit like those created to try and amp up the ‘America 1st’ rhetoric above even fox news in the states}. Until we gave our freedom, GB is just another part of our de jure national news landscape, along with the unionist bbc, s4c, itv, Channel 4… Read more »

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  CJPh

I’ll go with that. International channels such as France 24, DW, are slanted globalist outfits, who often have “fact-based” adverts. But what one must be always aware of, is that the “facts” they report are of what They have chosen. It is the news they have chosen Not to report that is telling.

Last edited 1 month ago by j humphrys
Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

They might as well have called it FOX UK. Not wanted, not welcome, and not conducive to the public good.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

GB news is like Fox. Full of Xenophobes.

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