GB news channel

Ken Hill1Ken Hill1 Member Posts: 261 ✭✭
Looks like GB news has brought its launch date forward to the 28th with GB morning from the 28th at 6 a.m.
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  • Jeffuk1Jeffuk1 Member Posts: 47
    So looking forward to it.  Wonder whether it will be fuzzy images .....
  • Jeffuk1Jeffuk1 Member Posts: 47
    Delayed!
  • Ken Hill1Ken Hill1 Member Posts: 261 ✭✭
    There is now video on the channel and the launch date of been put back to June the 13th
  • barnpiecebarnpiece Member Posts: 8
    Well the channel has started broadcasting. My initial impressions?
    Their clock seems to be 10 seconds out.
    The sound is slightly out of sync with the picture.
    Not very good!
    Richard
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    edited 13 June 2021, 8:52PM
    It can be found on freeview 236
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 825 ✭✭
    edited 13 June 2021, 10:17PM
    Also can be found on Freesat channel 216 (in HD). Yes, first impressions, looks promising, a new fresh news format.

    Slight technical sound problems: microphones not set at correct levels between guests and the presenter + too much echo around voices, maybe studio acoustics? Plus sometimes camera not focused correctly in sharp focus with people's faces. Maybe I see more detail in HD? Also the adverts sometimes cut straight through programme before end of conversation. Andrew Neil, did say there may be errors on first broadcast. Hopefully it will be fixed. Be interested to hear what others think. John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,140 ✭✭✭
    edited 13 June 2021, 11:04PM
    This new venture, despite vastly rich backers, only has a of budget of £25m pa. Hows that going to challenge other news channels?
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • alal Member, Super User Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭
    John L said:
    Also can be found on Freesat channel 216 (in HD). Yes, first impressions, looks promising, a new fresh news format.

    Slight technical sound problems: microphones not set at correct levels between guests and the presenter + too much echo around voices, maybe studio acoustics? Plus sometimes camera not focused correctly in sharp focus with people's faces. Maybe I see more detail in HD? Also the adverts sometimes cut straight through programme before end of conversation. Andrew Neil, did say there may be errors on first broadcast. Hopefully it will be fixed. Be interested to hear what others think. John L
    Are you getting a watchable picture in HD? I've tried 2 receivers and there appears to be some sort of interlacing problem. 
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 825 ✭✭
    Hi @al,
    The picture I get in HD overall is excellent, but on some studio closeups, the presenter's faces are slightly grainy? The actual overall picture, including bottom of screen rolling banners are all perfect on my Tv, very sharp in focus. In SD, the picture is certainly inferior, same picture quality as Sky news SD. I think they have improved some of sound issues with microphones. You would have thought they would have practiced & tested this before live transmission. John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • DarrenDarren Member, Super User Posts: 521 ✭✭
    Cant get GB News in HD on Freeview and picture quality for SD is not great.
    @al dont know how you think the SD picture quality is the same as Sky News SD for I think its a little worse than Sky News SD.
    Sound is ok but not as good as other SD channels on Freeview.
    Cant see me watching the channel much unless it improves.
    Think I maybe sticking to BBC News and Sky News HD and may only every now and again tune in to GB News.


  • Ken Hill1Ken Hill1 Member Posts: 261 ✭✭
    I got Freesat box as a backup a picture quality on on GB news channel is perfect but that's probably because Freesat has got it in HD because Seaview you is not very good in my area and I can't get all the channels like I'm losing great classic film channel and the great TV channels I don't know everything to do with the aerial the weather or not but where I live it is a poor area for Freeview you for everyone round here that's all got dishes where I live at this time I got no signal on great TV and great classic film channel so are you not over to Freesat as my backup but you've you always come first with the subscription channels
  • alal Member, Super User Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭
    edited 15 June 2021, 12:35PM
    Darren said:
    Cant get GB News in HD on Freeview and picture quality for SD is not great.
    @al dont know how you think the SD picture quality is the same as Sky News SD for I think its a little worse than Sky News SD.
    Sound is ok but not as good as other SD channels on Freeview.
    Cant see me watching the channel much unless it improves.
    Think I maybe sticking to BBC News and Sky News HD and may only every now and again tune in to GB News.


    Not me @Darren but @John L with his (superior) freesat kit. I would say GB SD and Sky SD look pretty similar but a lot depends on your equipment and settings (and eyesight and preference). 
  • alal Member, Super User Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭
    I finally got to see this on my yv box.
    It was there in the EPG but the channel showed SS & SQ = 0. So I had to run a scan which I'm surprised I needed to do.
    It also offered the Preferred region of a very low level signal at higher frequencies and further down the alphabet. I guess it's ordered by ID which makes no sense.
  • jimbjimb Member, Super User Posts: 1,332 ✭✭✭
    Still lots of picture/sound sync problems.
    Overall sound level about 12dB lower than the other news channels. 
    Lots of technical errors in the studio presentation. 

    Has anyone watched this channel long enough to figure out how many minutes in each hour are adverts? They seem to happen very frequently.

    Apart from Andrew Neil most of the other presenters/reporters are pretty unimpressive (IMO).

    I wonder if it will survive...

    This evening a lengthy discussion about companies pulling out of advertising with them.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gb-news-advertisers-ikea-kopparberg_uk_60c9aae8e4b0587266d60e04

    After ads for Ikea were shown earlier in the week, the Swedish company insisted that they had “not knowingly” advertised with GB News.

    "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,” an Ikea rep said.

     :D 
  • DarrenDarren Member, Super User Posts: 521 ✭✭
    @jimb I have not watched the channel long enough to see how many ad breaks there is per hour.
    Also dose the channel do any weather forecasts.
    I still seem to prefer BBC News and at times Sky News.

  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 825 ✭✭
    edited 18 June 2021, 10:26AM

    Well, I have been watching the channel most of the week. 

    I sincerely hope the channel grows from day to day. It looks like it is going to prove a great success. Nice to have a news channel that is not strongly biased for a change.  I’m impressed so far. I have watched it on HD (Freesat) and also on SD (Youview) HD is well worth watching if you are able to.

    Yes I agree, loads of technical problems. I think the sound levels have gradually improved during the week.  Maybe the main problems are line levels with outside broadcast tv units to the studio/you can sometimes hear the studio sound along with outside sound feed & also when they have a changeover, the presenters haven’t had their microphones set up correctly? Either too low or sound affect in studio is not correct? Since Wednesday, I noticed that they no longer seem to have a “handover” 5 minute chat between current & replacement presenters. Perhaps this was causing some technical sound problems?

    This is my own personal view: On a positive, my favourites so far are: Colin brazier’s show + also Simon McCoy’s show are excellent. A refreshing change to news.  As for Andrew Neil, not really my cup of tea.  I find him so serious & boring. But that’s only my opinion. It’s great watching it in full HD on Freesat, but as for Youview/Freeview  only SD picture. The HD picture is very high resolution, but occasionally the presenter's faces are slightly saturated. Hopefully if channel becomes more successful they will upgrade to a HD channel on all Tv equipment. 

    As for adverts, I actually don't mind. I think the adverts come on approx. every 10 minutes. (You need something to fill the programme up with - only joking!) Love the theme tune (when's it being released?) Some of the adverts are fun to watch. But again, this is my opinion. Normally I don't like watching adverts!

    John L

     


    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 825 ✭✭
    Darren said:
    @jimb I have not watched the channel long enough to see how many ad breaks there is per hour.
    Also dose the channel do any weather forecasts.
    I still seem to prefer BBC News and at times Sky News.


    @darren, Yes, full weather forecasts by weather presenters + also they play the theme tune & show the Uk map for a minute during the day. John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    John L said:

    Well, I have been watching the channel most of the week. 

    I sincerely hope the channel grows from day to day. It looks like it is going to prove a great success. Nice to have a news channel that is not strongly biased for a change.  I’m impressed so far. I have watched it on HD (Freesat) and also on SD (Youview) HD is well worth watching if you are able to.

    Yes I agree, loads of technical problems. I think the sound levels have gradually improved during the week.  Maybe the main problems are line levels with outside broadcast tv units to the studio/you can sometimes hear the studio sound along with outside sound feed & also when they have a changeover, the presenters haven’t had their microphones set up correctly? Either too low or sound affect in studio is not correct? Since Wednesday, I noticed that they no longer seem to have a “handover” 5 minute chat between current & replacement presenters. Perhaps this was causing some technical sound problems?

    This is my own personal view: On a positive, my favourites so far are: Colin brazier’s show + also Simon McCoy’s show are excellent. A refreshing change to news.  As for Andrew Neil, not really my cup of tea.  I find him so serious & boring. But that’s only my opinion. It’s great watching it in full HD on Freesat, but as for Youview/Freeview  only SD picture. The HD picture is very high resolution, but occasionally the presenter's faces are slightly saturated. Hopefully if channel becomes more successful they will upgrade to a HD channel on all Tv equipment. 

    As for adverts, I actually don't mind. I think the adverts come on approx. every 10 minutes. (You need something to fill the programme up with - only joking!) Love the theme tune (when's it being released?) Some of the adverts are fun to watch. But again, this is my opinion. Normally I don't like watching adverts!

    John L

     


    The fact that you think news channels in this country are "strongly biased " makes you the perfect viewer for GB News. 
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 825 ✭✭
    @kodikid,
    Totally agree. Depends what your views are? John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    That's my point,  anyone who doesn't share your particular viewpoint is not by definition biased against you.
    In this country tv news is bound by strict impartiality law.


    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 825 ✭✭
    kodikid said:
    That's my point,  anyone who doesn't share your particular viewpoint is not by definition biased against you.
    In this country tv news is bound by strict impartiality law.


    Yes, I'm sure most of us know that @kodikid. It's great to have new fresh news channel that does things slightly different format. Nice to have a change from mainstream news. John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    kodikid said:
    That's my point,  anyone who doesn't share your particular viewpoint is not by definition biased against you.
    In this country tv news is bound by strict impartiality law.


    @kodikid

    What law is that, then?
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    Communications act 2003.
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    kodikid said:
    Communications act 2003.
    @kodikid

    Thanks - 

    320 Special impartiality requirements

    (1)The requirements of this section are—

    (a)the exclusion, in the case of television and radio services (other than a restricted service within the meaning of section 245), from programmes included in any of those services of all expressions of the views or opinions of the person providing the service on any of the matters mentioned in subsection (2);

    (b)the preservation, in the case of every television programme service, teletext service, national radio service and national digital sound programme service, of due impartiality, on the part of the person providing the service, as respects all of those matters;

    (c)the prevention, in the case of every local radio service, local digital sound programme service or radio licensable content service, of the giving of undue prominence in the programmes included in the service to the views and opinions of particular persons or bodies on any of those matters.

    (2)Those matters are—

    (a)matters of political or industrial controversy; and

    (b)matters relating to current public policy.

    Somebody should tell the presenter of Dewbs & Co then, who yesterday expressed her opinion on assisted dying, and on the repatriation of Shamima Begum, after a carefully balanced presentation of pro and con arguments by outside commentators.

    And more I think, on the merits of the pro and con cases being argued, than any prior position she might have taken; I found that quite refreshing.

    Though we must consider if a presenter is ‘the person providing the service’ or if the backers of GB News are; and whether impartiality is something that GB news will strive for over a series of programmes rather than in every individual programme, as is provided for in the Act.

    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    BBC news on Thursday
    3.2 million viewers 
    Paw patrol on S4C (in Welsh)
    44 thousand. 
    Andrew Neil on GB news 
    32 thousand viewers. 
    Maybe this is the real reason advertisers are jumping ship.
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • DarrenDarren Member, Super User Posts: 521 ✭✭
    edited 27 June 2021, 9:01PM
    kodikid said:
    BBC news on Thursday
    3.2 million viewers 
    Paw patrol on S4C (in Welsh)
    44 thousand. 
    Andrew Neil on GB news 
    32 thousand viewers. 
    Maybe this is the real reason advertisers are jumping ship.
    I have been watching GB News but not as much as I thought I would have.
    My main news is still BBC News followed by Sky News.
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    kodikid said:
    BBC news on Thursday
    3.2 million viewers 
    Paw patrol on S4C (in Welsh)
    44 thousand. 
    Andrew Neil on GB news 
    32 thousand viewers. 
    Maybe this is the real reason advertisers are jumping ship.
    @kodikid

    Don't you mean ‘No Andrew Neil on GB news’ 😛?

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/andrew-neil-gb-news-break-launch-b942603.html
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
  • John LJohn L Member, Super User Posts: 825 ✭✭
    Still has loads of technical sound problems. Some programmes are better than others. Still loads of incorrect sound level or no sound when next presenters start their shows. Errors in gallery sound mix would be a very good place to start. I would have thought they ran a sound level check before live show? Early days maybe & hopefully will improve. John L
    Can't wait for the day when Youview get rid of the dreaded darkened banner when using fast forward/rewind recordings. 
  • kodikidkodikid Member Posts: 699 ✭✭
    Sadly you dont get a second chance at a first impression. 
    Apart from the amateur dynamics really don't understand why they launched in the news silly season (summer) with probably the greatest concentration of major sporting tournaments on TV.
    Ignore this if you disagree. 
  • RoyRoy Member, Super User Posts: 16,884 ✭✭✭
    kodikid said:
    Sadly you dont get a second chance at a first impression. 
    Apart from the amateur dynamics really don't understand why they launched in the news silly season (summer) with probably the greatest concentration of major sporting tournaments on TV.
    It’s so they can get their act together while most people are distracted by other things, instead of everybody focussing on them at present, laughing dementedly, and never tuning in again ever.
    ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ Wm Morris
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