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