The poster-child for corporate interests in the media, Andrew Neil, will soon help launch GB News
, Britain's answer to Fox News. In what can only be viewed as a grifting opportunity, Neil and his fellow status-quo warriors will attempt to rail against "wokeness" and the scary bogeyman of "the Left", a term that has no meaning in their mouths. Neil has previously used his platform on the BBC's flagship politics show to promote his own Hayekian views, while showing disregard for the BBC's impartiality rules. With a rap sheet too long to list, Neil has misled the public on several matters down the years, including the remarkable unfounded claim that 1 in 5 Scottish children were illiterate. The imminent launch of GB News
comes on the back of Paul Dacre, former Daily Mail
editor, taking over at OFCOM, the media regulator, and Richard Sharp, who has openly donated £400,000 to the Conservative Party, moving into the role as chair of the BBC.
According to the register of journalists' interests, via the government's official website, Andrew Neil's links to the corporate world include the following:
Chairman, Press Holdings Media Group (The Spectator, Spectator Health, Life, Money & Australia; and Apollo, the international arts magazine). Chairman, ITP Magazine Group (Dubai). Chairman, The Addison Club (London). Director, Glenburn Enterprises Limited (provides media and consultancy services). Fees for speaking at, hosting or chairing an event were received from the following organisations: Mergermarket (publication covering mergers); Investment Fund Managers (umbrella for investment managers); Standard Life Aberdeen (global asset managers); The British Security Industry Association (trade body representing the UKís private security industry); BNY Mellon (global bank); Brewin Dolphin (fund managers); IBC Amsterdam (annual trade fair for global broadcasters); Step (association of Financial Planners); Parliamentary Review (publication for business and politics); Weil, Gotshal (law firm); British Retail Consortium (association for retailers); Clyde & Co (law firm); Tudor Capital (hedge fund); Goodacre (financial services specialists); Retail Motor Industry association (vehicle dealers); London Metal Exchange; IIR (Association of senior investment managers); AON (professional services firm); HSBC (bank); EY (professional services); Construction News (publication for UK construction industry); National House Building Council; PARC (professional services); Lloyds Bank; Christie & Co (property advisory service); Premier (asset management advisers); Zurich Insurance (global insurance company); NBC News executives (US news network); ABI (association of insolvency experts); SES (European satellite providers); Publishers Association (of British book publishers); Stonehenge (property developers); Landmark (association of small retailers); RBS (bank); Belfast Chamber of Commerce; GAIM, Global Alternative Investment Managers Conference; Dairy UK (association of dairy producers) (registered July 201
Make of that what you will. If GB News
is going to be railing against "wokeness", then what exactly will it be speaking in favour of? The above list of "interests" gives a decent indication of exactly whose interests are being served.