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The most avid viewers of the struggling GB News channel appear to have been at’s News UK headquarters.
Insiders at talkTV admit they had learnt from watching the difficulties faced by the right-wing newcomer.
launched prematurely with technical gaffes driving presenters to despair.
News UK has invested heavily in new TV studios at its London Bridge HQ that are “already providing a professional capability that is visualising our brands in different ways and providing live news bulletins for talkRADIO.”
Experienced production staff will be hired to ensure the launch programming meets broadcast standards.
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Winnie Dunbar Nelson, who worked withat CNN and at Good Morning Britain, will oversee his show. Morgan’s presence should encourage wavering talent to sign up.
For Mr Murdoch, persuaded to back a new high-risk venture, the launch will revive memories of the seat-of-the pants race to get Sky Television to air in 1989.
“It’s a wing and a prayer,” the mogul confessed on the opening night. Mr Murdoch was forced to throw cash at the money-losing satellite station for years until the deal to acquirefootball rights saw subscriptions sales pick up.
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talkTV will offer a mix of programming generated from News UK’s stable of radio stations and newspapers.
New format shows will be introduced using broadcasters and journalists from talkRADIO, talkSPORT, Virgin Radio, Times Radio, The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.
talkRADIO TV, which will simulcast some of its schedule on the new station, has soft launched on connected TV platforms and is streamed live through the talkRADIO TV app.
Its roster of presenters includes Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham, Trisha Goddard, Rob Rinder and Jeremy Kyle who started this week.
A line-up led by Piers Morgan will feature hourly news bulletins, sports and entertainment shows as well as current affairs, debate, opinion and documentaries.
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Morgan signed a deal with News Corp and Fox News to launch a global show that will air on talkTV in the UK, a new television channel from Mr Murdoch’s News UK.
Lord Sugar is also believed to be among the star names approached to join the channel, which has ambitions to challenge the BBC as well as struggling newcomer GB News.
Morgan will become a columnist forand New York Post under the agreement with Mr Murdoch, who gave the journalist his first break as a tabloid showbusiness reporter 33 years ago.
Morgan, 56, had teased news of his next television job for weeks after quitting Good Morning Britain in March amid controversy over remarks he made about the Duchess of Sussex’s mental health.
Desperate for one more tilt at the TV industry after selling his stake in Sky, Mr Murdoch, 90, reeled in the former News of the World editor with the offer of a, a traditional TV channel, set to feature current affairs, sports and entertainment programming.
Morgan said his new global show will be a “fearless forum for lively debate and agenda-setting interviews, and a place that celebrates the right of everyone to have an opinion, and for those opinions to be vigorously examined and challenged.” Reunited with “the boss who gave me my first big break”, he promised “we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
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Launching next year, talkTV, which will offer hourly news bulletins and has an Ofcom licence to broadcast, will be available to UK viewers on Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat.
Morgan’s show will be broadcast on Sky News Australia and Fox Nation, Fox News’ subscription streaming service, giving the host the global reach he craved.
The former newspaper editor will also front true-crime documentaries for talkTV and publish a new book with the Murdoch-owned HarperCollins UK under the £5m deal, which puts Morgan on a par with Ant and Dec, UK TV’s biggest earners. He will continue to present Life Stories for ITV, it is understood.
Mr Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp, said: “Piers is the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.” The media mogul vowed to expand the international audience for a “brilliant presenter” who “says what people are thinking and feeling.”
News UK promised to hire “exceptional talent” to help build a station around Morgan. talkTV will simulcast content from the company’s radio stations, which include talkRadio, talkSport, Times Radio and Virgin Radio, and use its newspaper commentators as on-air presenters.
months ago. There has since been a change of heart.
Rebekah Brooks, News UK Chief Executive, said: “Taking advantage of modern technology, we can produce high quality shows at low cost.” The company expects viewers to watch via mobile apps and a stream on Smart TVs.
It is not clear how many hours-a-day the new station will be on-air for but the schedule will be filled out by talkRADIO programming and some repeats.
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