Where in the world? GB News gets Wales’ match location and opponents mixed up
GB News continued a run of confusing geographic matters related to Wales today as they claimed that Rob Page’s team would be squaring up, not against Italy, but against the Italian capital Rome – and at Wembley.
The channel claimed that the match ‘Wales v Rome’ was being played at 5pm at Wembley stadium.
In reality, Wales will play Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in a match to decide who will top Group A.
It’s the second geographical mix-up by GB News related to Wales this week after they placed Llandovery in the middle of Birmingham.
The TV station’s chyron claimed a segment ‘from our GB News reporters nationwide’ was filmed in the rural Carmarthenshire market town.
In reality, the background was Alum Road in Saltley, an inner-city area of Birmingham east of the city centre.
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The Wales v Rome error caused much mirth on social media, with many suggesting it was a throwback to the days when the Celts and Romans were at war.
“They had a hard time defeating the Silures for sure,” Bri Rhys said.
“I can reveal Boudicca and Spartacus have made the transition to Welsh nationality so they can play in this match and finally take down Rome!” said Adam Ditchburn.
“Tune in to watch Wales take on the might of the Roman Empire only on Gammon News!” John Spiers said.
“Nero, Caligula, marcus Aurelius, Claudius, Hadrian, Augustus. Quite a team the Romans have at their disposal,” an anonymous user suggested.
The mix-up is the latest to draw criticism by viewers after the channel’s launch was plagued by problems, including an unclear picture, audio echo and microphones that did not work.
The channel has also run into an advertising boycott after Ikea, Kopparberg and Octopus Energy withdrew their ads from the network after it was launched on Sunday.
IKEA said: “We are in the process of investigating how this may have occurred to ensure it won’t happen again in future, and have suspended paid display advertising in the meantime.”
The boycott relates to the channel’s partisan content, with veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil claiming that the channel would not be “another echo chamber for the metropolitan mindset that already dominates so much of the media”.
Campaign group Stop Funding Hate, meanwhile, has challenged advertisers on social media to stop funding the channel.