GB News, an upcoming British television news service due to launch early in 2021, has selected Arqiva to deliver its new channel.
Arqiva will distribute GB News to all major UK platforms, including Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, YouView and Freesat, reaching more than 96% of British television households and delivering 6500 hours a year of British news content.
Arqiva has designed a solution that will allow GB News to access all major DTT, satellite and cable platforms. The full-service proposition will see Arqiva execute the launch and manage the programme delivery for GB News, allowing the channel to capitalise on flexible content distribution solutions through a combination of traditional fibre and fully managed Virtual Connect cloud-based products.
Chris Alner, director of commercial broadcast at Arqiva, said: “We’ve been at the centre of UK broadcasting for decades and have the knowledge and experience to help our customers launch seamlessly across all major TV platforms in the UK. Our end-to-end proposition provides GB News with a one-stop service that will underpin a smooth arrival into the UK media landscape. As viewer expectations around instant news, reporting and analysis coverage heighten, we’re pleased to be able to support GB News on their journey.”
Angelos Frangopoulos, chief executive officer at GB News, said: “Arqiva’s heritage in broadcasting, and its track record in service delivery gives us confidence that our audience will have the best possible chance to see our content. We’re looking forward to working with them to deliver our channel seamlessly to people’s homes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”