GBN News Launch, Queen’s Birthday Honours, King Sandilands

GB News Channel launch

Angelos Frangopoulos-led GB News Channel launches in the UK

GB News launched its opinion-led take on broadcast news and a new website on Sunday, prompting a campaign group to seek to shut it down with an ad boycott, reports Press Gazette.

Google Trends showed a surge in interest for GB News on the search engine with 200,000+ searches yesterday (Sunday) and GB News was also trending on Twitter.

The channel has been widely trailed as Britain’s answer to Fox News.

But interviewed by Press Gazette, GB News director of news John McAndrew said: “My view of our channel, and certainly how it’s going to be, is that it will be a very warm, inclusive channel where disagreements will be had, tough subjects will absolutely be taken on, but they’ll be taken on in a classy and courteous fashion.

“What this won’t be is a hate-filled divisive shout-fest that some people seem to have characterised it as, which is 180 degrees away from where we want to be.”

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GB News launch gains more viewers than BBC or Sky news channels

The launch of GB News was watched by more people than both the BBC News channel and Sky News despite several technical glitches on opening night, according to data released on Monday, reports The Guardian’s Kevin Rawlinson and Jim Waterson.

The television news channel, which claims to “lend an ear to some of Britain’s marginalised and overlooked voices”, launched at 8pm on Sunday with a mission statement delivered to camera by its chairman, Andrew Neil.

According to the TV industry magazine Broadcast, GB News peaked in its opening minutes with 336,000 viewers, meaning it outperformed the 100,000 who watched BBC News across the hour and the 46,000 who watched Sky News.

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Tony Abbott among guests on first full day of GB News channel

No country has had more of a positive impact on the modern world than Britain, former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott told GB News.

Abbott, who is advising the UK government on trade deals, said he did not understand why so many people played down Britain’s role in the world, and urged Brits to be proud of their history.

Critics have raised questions about the impact a trade deal with Australia could have on UK farmers, but Abbott said Britain had nothing to fear.

Speaking on the new Brazier and Muroki show, Abbott said: “It baffles me a little that so many people in Britain are always running the country down, always taking Counsel of fears no hopes.

“No country has had more impact on the modern world than Britain. When you think of the mother of Parliament’s, the rule of law, democracy, the Industrial Revolution, emancipation of minorities, written and spoken word.

“And this is a trade deal with one of Britain’s greatest friends, namely Australia.

That’s no threat to the people of Britain. This is going to help the people of Britain because we will stand beside the people of Britain through thick and thin in the future as we have in the past.”

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Queens Birthday Honours

Patrick Smith, a legend honoured for relentless campaigns

Patrick Smith was the light on the hill for many of us in journalism. A man of towering reputation, one whose thundering contempt held administrators, codes and participants to account, a relentless campaigner on issues that mattered and a beautiful writer who could throw the lever to vaudeville with equal effect, reports News Corp’s Peter Lalor.

The three-time Walkley Award-winner has been roused from retirement by the news he has been awarded a medal (OAM) in the general division of the Order of Australia for his services to print media.

The award’s citation mentions Smith’s advocacy for restricting the use of whips in racing and for the introduction of a racial vilification code in AFL football as chief among the 69-year-old’s achievements. Smith started in journalism in 1972, worked at The Age from 1976 to 2000 and anchored The Australian’s sports section from 2000 to 2019.

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Former Fairfax journalist Lindsay Murdoch honoured with OAM

Former Fairfax Media journalist Lindsay Murdoch has received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to journalism, reports SMH’s Josh Dye.

After a cadetship at the Warragul Guardian in Victoria’s Gippsland region in 1968, Murdoch joined The Age in 1977 as a police reporter. He became the paper’s chief-of-staff in the mid-1980s before spending 25 years on the road as a foreign correspondent throughout Asia for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021: Judi Farr, Angela Bishop

Showbiz actors, presenters, journalists, commentators, producers and crew are amongst those recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours, reports TV Tonight.

They include actors Judi Farr, Chris Hemsworth, Peter Caroll, Leah Purcell, journalists Angela Bishop and Simon Bouda, TV presenters Mark Beretta and Peta Credlin, cinematographer Russell Boyd and the late producer John Caldon of Flame Media.

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Business of Media

ABC’s reputation under scrutiny like never before

One of the ABC’s best-known on-air presenters is unusually blunt about the bad publicity the public broadcaster’s flagship current ­affairs program has attracted in recent months. “It’s incredibly bad for all of us,” the journalist says. “They’re embarrassing the whole organisation,” reports News Corp’s James Madden.

It’s a point of view widely held within the national broadcaster, whether those at the helm of Four Corners or in the upper echelons of management wish to admit it or not.

Of the dozens of ABC journalists The Australian’s reporters have spoken to in recent weeks, two central points of irritation are recurring themes — annoyance that 4C, as it’s known internally, appears exempt from the editorial oversights and management controls demanded of other news programs at the organisation; and deep concern that the lines of journalism and activism have, in recent times, too often been blurred on a program long considered the gold standard for current affairs on television.

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How Four Corners became the story in the government’s ABC wars

Conflicts – between journalists, editors and management – are the subatomic particles of journalism without which not much journalism appears. But rarely has an internal editorial process become so public than when the ABC’s managing director David Anderson decided to delay an upcoming Four Corners episode about the Prime Minister and his connections to a QAnon conspiracy theorist, reports SMH‘s Zoe Samios, Lisa Visentin and Stephen Brook.

Once again when ABC journalistic endeavour rubs up against the federal government, the friction throws the national broadcaster into turmoil. The ABC’s elite investigative unit strives to uncover damaging political stories that their colleagues can’t or won’t. As veteran investigative reporter Andrew Fowler, the last person to have a Four Corners episode delayed by ABC management, puts it: “Four Corners is the single most important investigative unit in Australia. Its powerful visual impact has the kind of political clout that really worries governments.”

Yet for its detractors, staff at the program are operating as a journalism vigilante unit whose overzealous reporting and intemperate tweets have plunged the ABC once again into crisis.

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Controversial Four Corners episode on PM’s alleged links to QAnon to air on Monday

The much-hyped Four Corners episode about an Australian man’s association with the far-right conspiracy group QAnon – and his alleged links with Prime Minister Scott Morrison – will air on the ABC on Monday night, just days after the boss of the national broadcaster said the story was “not ready”, reports News Corp’s James Madden.

The episode has been the subject of fierce debate since it was revealed last week that the ABC’s managing director David Anderson – after reviewing a draft of the program – had ruled that it did not meet the editorial standards of the national broadcaster.

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As News Corp savages its enemies, the ABC must strive for unity. Which makes it the perfect target …

The other day I got angry enough about an editorial in the Australian newspaper – which castigated in vicious terms two of the ABC’s most accomplished journalists – that I wrote a letter to the editor. A waste of time, of course: the letter wasn’t published, writes Guardian Australia‘s Jonathan Holmes.

So I posted it on Twitter, where it got thousands of likes, replies and retweets, almost all of them supportive. But as Ann Braine, a former teacher from Perth, tweeted: “Unfortunately those who should read it, won’t.”

She’s right. And they won’t read this either. The Guardian is not part of the diet of readers of the Australian, and vice versa.

It’s a cliché to say that we all inhabit news silos these days: we are seldom confronted by…

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