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People abandoning BBC propaganda for new UK Channel “GB News”

Signs of life in the UK outpost of Civilization

A new TV channel called “GB News” only opened on Sunday, to smashingly good ratings.  GB News outdid the BBC and Sky on its first day as 164,000 people tuned in to see if they got real news for a change instead of repetitive inane cliches approved by some middle level bureaucratic arts graduate who was pushing their own political agenda to pump up their grifting salary and impress their friends. The BBC got 133,000 viewers and Sky 57,000.

BBC hit by mass boycott as viewers flock to Andrew Neil’s GB News and cancel TV licences

by Laura O’Callaghan, Express

AVID fans of GB News have hailed Britain’s newest TV channel and vowed to continue their boycott of the Beeb as they seek information from alternative sources.

Naturally, the collectivist bullies have gone after the advertisers, and while many spineless corporate CEOs have folded to cancel culture, at least one team is fighting back.  Companies with weak CEOs include Kopparberg, Grolsch, Nivea, Open University, and Ikea.

Bravo to The Co-op which stood their ground 

The Co-op announced that it would not remove its advertising.

”Hi, we have developed a detailed and thoughtful advertising approach, which is driven by 3 principles:

    1. “We will not seek to affect the editorial independence of publications or channels.
    2. “We will not undermine the commercial value of our society for our members.
    3. “We will ensure our values and principles are clear and undiminished regardless of surrounding content.”

Former Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn tweeted that The Co-op had “knocked it out of the park” and he would be proud to shop at his local Co-op store.

As Sacha O’Sullivan says: GB News has been ‘cancelled’ and made a roaring success out of it.

In his opening introduction, Andrew Neil vowed to expose “cancel culture” and focus on the news that matters to people outside of the “Westminster bubble”.

Right on queue, a host of companies from Octopus Energy to the cider firm Kopparberg began pulling their advertising on the channel. Ikea, only hours after being fined €1million for spying on their own employees, claimed the news channel was not in line with its “humanistic values”.

So case closed for GB News: cancel culture is an evil stain on society attempting to drown out dissenting voices by starving them of advertising money. Those who diligently fight the culture wars threw themselves at the barricades and tuned into GB News and those curious as to what the fuss was about turned it on too. Either way, only days after launch, GB News had achieved the holy grail status of “cancelled”, thus ensuring its survival.

h/t OldOzzie and Beowulf

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75 comments to People abandoning BBC propaganda for new UK Channel “GB News”

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    Phillip Bratby

    Another example of the “Streisand Effect”. See Rod Liddle for the Spectator’s take on this.
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-breath-of-fresh-airwaves

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    ian hilliar

    The Epoch Times has also launched its own TV station in the US, as it keeps being silenced by the Brave New Media thugs.

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    PeterPetrum

    I listened to Andrew Niel roast the British Chancellor of the Exchequer on a range of budget issues, including the disastrous policy to replace all gas fired heating with “heat pumps” at £10,000 a pop. He was totally unable to answer who would pay this ridiculous sum, but maintained that the “benefits” of the changeover would outweigh the costs. Niel soon disabused him of that theory.

    There is no way the BBC would have pushed so hard.

    It will be a great Broadcasting station to tune into from time to time,

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      Richard Owen No.3

      I bet that there won’t be anything from GB News appearing on “our ABC”.

      And Andrew Neil was with the BBC until he failed to toe the line and was cut adrift. With 200,000 reported as not paying their licence fee there should be a big audience out there for him.

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        Hanrahan

        With 200,000 reported as not paying their licence fee…….

        Is paying the license fee optional?

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          Ronin

          Yes, don’t pay and hope you don’t get caught, same as here ages ago

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          Ian

          Paying the licence fee isn’t optional and if you’re caught without one it is a criminal offence for which you can go to prison

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            Kalm Keith

            The good thing about that is you are probably safer there.

            It is New Britain after all where the law only applies to wh!te people.

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            David Wojick

            Plead civil disobedience.

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              Saighdear

              Respectfully, what’s that? will it even work? some Corts have a mind of their own ….. if the face fits or the (now) right kind of elbobump

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            OriginalSteve

            if yiu dont watch the BBC,the licence fee doesnt apply, period.

            Cancel the cancel bullies….

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            Russell

            But only if authorities find a TV set in your house. No TV = no need to pay for licence.
            And there are so many ways to disguise a USB TV tuner that you use with a computer monitor.
            Like putting it in your pocket …

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            Annie

            It has to be paid if you watch any live TV channel. It does not have to be paid if you do not watch live TV.

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              Russ Wood

              Interesting thing coming up in South Africa – the national TV transmitters are (finally!) going from analogue to digital – to free up bandwidth. So, you can only get TV if you have a digital set, or spend who knows what to buy a ‘set-top’ decoder. (Anyone realised yet that modern TVs are TOO THIN to balance a box on top?) So, if you have an old set, and DON’T buy a decoder, you no longer have “a set capable of receiving broadcasts”, which means you don’t have to have a licence! The SABC is in dire straits, with only one in about 50 TV owners paying the licence fee. The ANC government is trying to get the satellite broadcasters to pay up – fat chance!

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              NuThink

              Wikipedia on TV licences in the UK.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_licensing_in_the_United_Kingdom

              There used to be TV detector vans, but I don’t know the current situation.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_detector_van

              Remember too that many of the modern TVs connect to the internet with wi-fi and use Mozilla Firefox as our tv does.

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                Ronin

                Don’t think they work on flat screen tvs.

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                bobn

                The fake detector vans were props from Dr Who.
                Vans with coathangers on the roof. Total faked joke – like the rest of BBC output.
                You cant detect a reciever! only transmitters!

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                Lucky

                TV sets can be detected, if turned on.
                TV receivers like many radio receivers, but not all, radio receivers use the superheterodyne principle. This uses a generating/transmitting circuit for radio frequencies which are detectable.
                (I may be a few years out-of-date, again).

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            bobn

            Ian. If you dont watch live over air you dont have to pay.
            If you do watch, then dont pay, they cant do anything about it unless you confess.
            The dutiful citizen should practice civil disobediance and defy the fascists and not pay.
            Face the [snips] down.
            Defy and dont pay. I dont, their silly ‘you must pay’ letters all go in the fire to release glorious co2.

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    yarpos

    Surprised to see Neil Oliver there , I had clearly made many wrong assumptions about what camp he was in. Fantastic thing for Great Britain and satisfying to see the BBC starting to reap what it has sown. If only we had the chance to vote with our $s on ABC/SBS.

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      Ian

      “If only we had the chance to vote with our $s on ABC/SBS.”

      Get together like-minded people and set up OZ News

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      Yonniestone.

      Neil Oliver! yes we liked his history programs and is probably over the target considering the backlash he’s getting over his involvement.

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    GARETH LEWIS

    We have no such thing in Australia. Sky after dark has conservative opinion, but the daily Sky News is the usual progressive biased drivel one sees elsewhere in our msm.

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      gowest

      I watch/record Tucker Carlson, Hannity, etc – hopefully Foxtel will broadcast GBnews as well. Its been a fantastic week for news. Combine that with Steve Kates on Catallaxy with the latest vaccine scandal and you have all the commonsense news you need to avoid their ABC green weekly news.

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      Deano

      And it’s funny to see the handful of conservative commentators on Sky’s night time shows being attacked for having “too much influence”. Their critics seem to be scared of half a dozen voices saying true things.

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        Harves

        Yeah, same way that apparently Murdoch has too much influence because he owns a few newspapers and one pay per view TV news channel.
        Meanwhile their ABC alone has dozens of radio stations nationally and 5 or 6 TV channels in every capital city.

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    Saighdear

    Well I dunno about GB News….on 16Jun21, I wrote about their article on the vaccine as a “First?” comment – ” Nope! WHY? so much already been said: good / bad …. WHICH Vaccine to use anyway? What next, Chipped ? Maybe we should start at the begining:eg, No Engineering degree – no Engineer job, no Cleaning degree no Cleaner jobs, NO Grass cutting degree, no grass cutting. …after all if you want to be an ELECTRICIAN …. but a Plumber ? or Farmer, or Science Journalist,there’s no need to have a degree, or or or
    What about the “Leaders” …. a Leaders Degree? Anyone?

    It was moderated out. I “replied” with some other helpful comment to the Moderator because I couldn’t watch the program Live online despite removing Adblocker, etc, – and That was removed too. Huh – trying to be helpful ….. With all those sound gremlins on the first day, Non-synched sound , etc, Looks like they have “UKIP” staffers – so will / may not last the pace, unfortunately.

    [Saighdear, I think is referring to moderation on GB NEws. Jo]

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      Saighdear

      Yes indeed Jo, Saighdear does it again! Thanks, and sorry for any “grief” .. saw your Moderator’s comments earlier but was too busy too, sorting out other people’s practical problems ( Work here ) Remains to be seen whether I’m right or not – I wished them well, but their Moderator didn’t seem to think so !!
      Midnight here and just back from a Job out near Grannies Hielan Home ( Embo – Dornoch) Bitter cold after a relatively warm day. ( just some news for the expats)

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    Philip

    And they are already facing sponsor withdrawal due to pressure groups.

    The secret is to not be right wing, but genuinely centrist. On climate change they could genuinely give both sides of the story for instance, not just the skeptics. How refreshing that would be, because no one does it, no one. People would flock to it.

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      Peter C

      Remember what happened when Kelloggs pulled its advertising from Breitbart. I am hoping that GB News can do something similar.

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      Hanrahan

      The secret is to not be right wing, but genuinely centrist.

      How does that work? A “genuine centrist” is a far right extremist in the eyes of the left and still unworthy of oxygen.

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        Ian

        Small l liberals are centrists. Conservatives are regarded as far right extremists in the eyes of all other Australians who aren’t because Conservatives are far right extremists

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          Kalm Keith

          Far out man!

          That’s huge.

          Sorry to see that you aren’t working at the Uni any more.

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          OriginalSteve

          That is complete BS and seriously funny….

          “because Conservatives are far right extremists”….

          So tell everyone …why does GB news exist again?

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        Binny Pegler

        True the left strategy for a generation, has been to declare themselves to be a the center. And label anyone to their right as extreme.
        The result is the bulk of the media is trying to call the game while sitting on the 10 yard line. Just one of the reasons why Trump was such a surprise – they can’t even see half the field.

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        StephenP

        IIRC it was one of Jordan Peterson’s talks where the person introducing him said that in the same way at the North Pole every direction is South, there is a Left Pole where every direction is to the Right.
        The main result is that the left activists traduce JP as being a far right extremist.

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      David Wojick

      That there are two sides is a skeptical position.

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      Phil O'Sophical

      Both sides of the story? There is only ONE side: The truth.

      GB News will question the costs and timescales and effectiveness of CO2 mitigation measures, but not the underlying false narrative that there is any danger at all from warming or that that warming is man-made and not natural. The only media place I find that is Outsiders, Bolt, et al, on Sky News Australia.

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    Peter C

    That is the best news that I have read this week.

    Grass roots pushback!

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      GlenM

      Amused as I was at the mention of Kopparberg, the makers of sickly fruity cider. Sweden’s contribution to diabetes fast lane for dopey lefty undergraduates.

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    Ross

    We need the equivalent in Australia. Sky news is probably the most balanced, but its general news is still very left leaning, sensationalist. All the COVID news is basically just scaremongering irrespective of network. I have seen a little of Andrew Neil and he has impressed me.

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    Geoff Sherrington

    On advertising.
    This insidious influence fires daily barrages at your senses in heavy bursts to try to affect your understanding of reality.
    The recent catchwords “Gamble Responsibily” episomise advertising’s relentless stupidity.
    Gambling is by definition irresponsible. Advertising agencies are being paid to reverse the definition (if you believe them).
    You would be surprised, if you have not tumbled to this already, how many advertisements assault your senses hourly trying to reverse definitions and your personal preceptions.
    We can start with personal health for example. Phrrmacies and pressure groups on the fringe have adpoted “wellness’ and “de-tox” and “scientific tests prove” which are devoid of scientific proof. That is why mainstream pharmacy has not adopted them for prescription-only. Same with alternative health like acupuncture, homeopathy, iridology, aroma theraphy and countless other fads that have failed to make it past professional scientific screening.
    We still have people pushing weird things like water dowsing, UFI descriptions, religion, global warming, vitamin supplements, mattresses designed by aerospace experts, huge numbers of TV shows about impossible things like flying supermen and women, other shows claiming that men can be women and vice versa, parents who tell kids absolute myths about Santa Claus … it just goes on and on, no respite by moving from dreamland to scientific reality.
    And behind it all, advertising consultants taking big quids from clients happy to perpetuate myths so long as it makes them more dollars.
    Really, it is quite sick. Should we pass advertising thriugh the Therapeutic Goods Approval process?

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      TdeF

      I would like anyone in consumer affairs to get valid analysis of windmills and solar panels. Cheap? Reliable? Sustainable? Low CO2?

      And how can things which do not work at least half a day get an energy output rating at the absolute maximum when you are lucky to get 25% of that? What happened to truth in advertising? This is in a time when a bag of peanuts carries the warning, “beware, may contain nuts.”

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      greggg

      ‘mainstream pharmacy has not adopted them for prescription-only’
      They aren’t prescription only because they cannot be patented and have megabucks made from them by pharmaceutical companies. They also don’t pose the risk to health that prescription drugs do.
      There is mountains of evidence supporting alternative health if you bother to look.
      Water dowsing is used by lots of people to find water underground – easy as. I’ve followed underground water pipes around not knowing where they are and having it confirmed.
      You have a problem with parents letting kids believe in Santa? You must be fun.

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      Tides of Mudgee

      “Gamble Responsibly” is a bit like “Procrastinate Now”. ToM

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    MrGrimNasty

    I think it’s fair to say GB news has put some noses out of joint, hence the hate campaign accusing them of hate, just for not being extreme lefty liberal enough!

    But the audience share is tiny, and I’ve not found it very watchable. Will it last? Hard to say.

    The real problem is that you can’t legally watch it live (even online) without a BBC TV licence!

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    The BBC, again

    “The symptoms are the same. Two hundred thousand households actively declining to pay a TV license fee every year. Fewer and fewer people watching it, never mind trusting it. A growing perception that it’s sleazy. Being consistently anti-Brexit when the vast majority want out. Predictably left-wing on every issue. Rampant racial, ethic and religious tokenism, to almost the complete marginalisation of white Christians, who happen to form the vast majority of Britain.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/the-bbc-again/

    GB News looks like it could finally put an end to the BBC.

    Pointy

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    GlenM

    Anything to deconstruct the grip that the mainstream media has on a dim-witted populace. Some pluralism would be greatly accepted in these dark times where information is contorted to suit a nasty paradigm of global manipulators.

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    PeterS

    Our Sky News started off well and used to watch it intensely but it slid to the left on the most part and so I stopped watching it over a year ago. Let’s see if “GB News” goes the same way. Hopefully not.

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      OriginalSteve

      People will keep fighting back against the Left totalitarians…..it will never stop.

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    PeterS

    I suspect at least some of us find alternative news sources to get away from the fake MSM news. That trend will continue but there will always be a significant proportion of people who won’t bother for a variety of reasons. The result the public will be increasingly polarised, which might mean more tension and so an increase in civil clashes. Not good but not surprising. Our government could easily prevent that from happening; start up and support a competitor to the ABC news, docos, etc.. Given the current federal government is supposedly a conservative one (LOL) why not anyway? Or is it the case the LNP is a fake conservative party that prefers to continue supporting the leftist ABC that so dearly loves to push out fake news against the LNP, Christian values and just about anything else that is not progressive left? If that’s the case then the LNP ought to rename itself to ALPv2. At least then the ABC funding will be consistent.

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    OriginalSteve

    “It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing, one loud noise, and its gone.

    “But the people are so cowed and disorganised. A few might take the opportunity to protest, but it’ll just be a voice crying in the wilderness. Noise is relative to the silence preceding it. The more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap.

    “Our masters have not heard the people’s voice for generations, Evey and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.

    “V”
    “V for Vendetta”

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    Serge Wright

    The TV license in the UK is a complete joke now that the BBC has become a far left-wing propaganda outlet. You could argue that it was an absurd Orwellian tax when the BBC was non partisan way back in the Thatcher years, but to force everyone watching live content to pay £157 for left wing propaganda 24/7 is right up there with what you would expect in North Korea. The greatest absurdity is that you are legally forced to pay the BBC tax even if you never watch the BBC and it even applies to streaming live content over the internet such as GB news or Fox news which is from a different country.

    Reading this article is rather heartening, because seeing a large number of people opt out of paying this extreme Orwellian tax and embracing anti-BBC content is sending a clear message, and it also hits the BBC revenues. My advice to UK citizens is to gang up on mass and refuse to pay the tax and tune into GB news whenever possible. If you get fined then take the matter to court as part of a class action on the basis that the BBC is breaching its charter by not expressing views that reflect those of a large section of the population. You should also lobby to make the BBC an optional subscription in the same way other private media outlets operate. This would force them to remain relevant if they wished to remain in business. The saame applies to the ABC down here, which is possibly even more Orwellian than the BBC. If people wish to watch mind and nation destroying indoctrination, then should pay the full amount for the privilege.

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    Deano

    I think the phenomenon of businesses using their advertising spend as a means of promoting their public image needs to be exposed and explored. By all means if say, IKEA suspend/cancel their advertising with an outlet over that outlets stance on a political issue then that’s IKEA’s business. But we as consumers need to acquaint ourselves more vigorously with the policies of the businesses we purchase from, and make decisions accordingly.

    And it’s curious that when a business boycotts a conservative media outlet, they don’t publicize it much do they. Having a bet each way – trying to impress the board members but not annoy the vast unwashed masses that contribute to their heaving salaries.

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    Lance

    If you have internet, there’s no need to pay a license or have a television.

    You can watch it online.

    https://www.gbnews.uk/

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      Lance

      In a similar vein, have a look at online live tv. Just one of several.
      Not recommended for slow connections, and they do have the odd commercial, but it is free.

      https://ustv247.tv/amc-live-stream/

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      Serge Wright

      From wiki

      “In the British Islands, any household watching or recording live television transmissions at the same time they are being broadcast is required by law to hold a television licence. This applies regardless of transmission method, including terrestrial, satellite, cable, or for BBC iPlayer internet streaming. The television licence is the instrument used to raise revenue to fund the BBC; it is a form of taxation.[1]”

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        Lance

        Seems wrong to tax people to fund a propaganda machine.

        Oh well. Must be one more reason why my ancestors left UK in 1750. How prescient of them

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          Ronin

          What an unwieldy method of taxation, open to dodging, they have to prove your tv was tuned to a direct broadcast, they can’t use force to enter your home.
          It takes two tax officers and a plod to deliver a summons, surely easy to dodge with some clever thinking, with the OZ system you pay even if you don’t own a tv.

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      MrGrimNasty

      As has been said, you can’t legally watch live by any means without paying the BBC!

      You can watch it catch up ‘free’ though.

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    wal1957

    Lance…

    Seems wrong to tax people to fund a propaganda machine.

    Yep. That is the reason I detest ‘their ABC’. Propaganda!

    Abbott 666!
    Orange man bad!
    Gerbil warming…aaarrgghhhh! ‘we’re all gonna die in 5…10…20 years!
    Fossil fueled power stations are unreliable and produce the costliest power!
    Wind unicorns and sun beams are cheap, cheap, cheap ….and reliable. Did I mention cheap?
    All white men are racists!

    It really p!$$’s me off, as you can gather.

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    Simon B

    Brilliant, good on them!
    It’s a truly uphill battle in a country which repudiated Marxist control and cancel culture by getting out of the EU, with a massive popular vote and then decimating the rabble in the racist Labour party, only to be lead by a gormless ‘greenie conservative’!
    It’s great to see the British public not lose their resolve to fight the cancel culture movement. They have the numbers and need to prove to corporate glad handers that they will go broke when they go woke.
    By the way, love this description; ‘to see if they got real news for a change instead of repetitive inane cliches approved by some middle level bureaucratic arts graduate who was pushing their own political agenda to pump up their grifting salary and impress their friends.’. Spot on!

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    CHRIS

    Speaking of the ABC, I wonder just how many employees will be led kicking and screaming to the new offices at Parramatta? After all, according to ABC Lore, any place west of Balmain is a bogan wasteland. Oh well…the poor little diddums will find out that Parramatta does serve soy latte; maybe that will help them fit in.

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    Tilba Tilba

    A new TV channel called “GB News” only opened on Sunday, to smashingly good ratings. GB News outdid the BBC and Sky on its first day as 164,000 people tuned in to see if they got real news for a change […] The BBC got 133,000 viewers and Sky 57,000.

    I find this difficult to believe … there are 67 million people in the UK, and only 133,000 were watching the BBC? Not possible – what are they covering – 3:00 am on a Monday morning?

    instead of repetitive inane clichés approved by some middle level bureaucratic arts graduate who was pushing their own political agenda to pump up their grifting salary and impress their friends.

    I’m not sure who wrote this, but they simply have very little idea how TV news is gathered and put together.

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