To: Oliver Dowden, culture secretary
For decades, Fox News has spread right-wing propaganda in the US. It backed Trump for president, and helped him incite violence last month.
Already, the channel’s bosses are steeped in controversy. GB News will be chaired by the Spectator’s Andrew Neil, who declared that EU supporters are “banned” from watching it. Co-founder Andrew Cole has said the BBC “needs to be broken up”. Sun columnist Dan Wootton has been announced as a presenter and the channel is attempting to recruit right-wing TalkRadio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer.
GB News is one of several projects trying to shift the media landscape even further to the right in post-Brexit Britain. Another channel along similar lines, News UK TV, is also in the pipeline and is reportedly in talks with Nigel Farage.
News should be unbiased and impartial – that’s not just our opinion, it’s UK law. GB News and others plan to use a loophole in broadcasting rules that allows “strongly opinionated coverage so long as viewers are exposed to alternative views”.
We need to close this loophole before biased media takes Britain down the same road as the US.
If news and journalism isn’t impartial then it’s propaganda, pure and simple. Allowing right wing propaganda channels will lead to our democracy being compromised, as happened in the US when the Capitol was attacked.Frances, South London
We have our version of Trump and do not under any circumstances need the equivalent of Fox News to go with him.Sarah, Bath
Fox News UK is a frightening prospect. In this world there is truth and there are lies told for power and profit. Truth is the basis of democracy. Lies destroy democracy.Sandra, Hampshire
UK news must be unbiased and impartial. This law protects us from the disaster that has befallen the US – but Andrew Neil is explicit that GB News will be partisan.David, Devon
We already have a government that lies automatically. We do not need a broadcaster to promote the views and lies of the Brexit backers and their moneyed chums, in their own interests – never ours.Wendy, Northumberland