GB News is already on the radar of UK media regulator Ofcom after its opening night generated more than 350 complaints from disgruntled viewers.
The Discovery-backed news network launched Sunday night and, after an introductory hour, got down to business, when host Dan Wootton delivered a fiery monologue on the “madness” of lockdowns before Boris Johnson will delay the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England. .
During his undisputed six-minute rant, the former Sun and Talk Radio journalist said the blockades “should be removed from the public health playbook” and compared the UK to an “ultra-cautious biosafety state” like China.
Wootton also went after a hot topic from the culture war currently plaguing the UK: whether England soccer players should kneel during Euro 2020 in protest against racism. Wootton argued that kneeling is a political gesture related to the Black Lives Matter organization, “which supports the” overthrow of capitalism. “
His show Live tonight with Dan Wootton, prompted 373 complaints to Ofcom, which will now determine whether to investigate GB News. If it were to initiate an investigation, the regulator will examine whether Wootton’s program displayed “due impartiality” under UK broadcasting laws and included a “sufficiently wide range of important opinions”.
It’s the latest concern for GB News, which has been plagued with technical difficulties since its launch. The news network, designed as an antidote to market leaders BBC News and Sky News, has also lost advertisers such as Ikea and Vodafone in its early days.