GB NEWS CONFIRMS NEW SHOW WITH JOHN CLEESE
GB News have confirmed the launch of Dinosaur Hour, a new ten-part series to he presented by John Cleese.
The post-watershed programme will begin on Sunday 29 October at 9pm. The star commented: "They said, ‘would you like to do 10 shows, and you can do whatever you like’. Can you imagine the BBC doing that? I had no interference of any kind. It has been joyful. I have been able to try one or two things that I have always wanted to try on television."
John Cleese said: "I used to be John Cleese and I'm gonna be doing some shows for GB News. For two reasons; one, they asked me to; and two, they want programming for viewers who are completely out of touch, a much-neglected demographic. So stay out of touch with me."
Last month, Ofcom launched five further investigations relating to the Don't Kill Cash campaign on GB News. The additional programmes they are investigating, under the same rules as above, are:
Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel, GB News, 6 Jul 23
Patrick Christys, GB News, 6 Jul 23
Britain’s Newsroom, GB News, 11 Jul 23
Britain’s Newsroom, GB News, 5 Jul 23
The Live Desk, GB News, 17 Aug 23
Earlier this month, Ofcom found GB News in breach of impartiality rules. An episode of Saturday Morning with Esther and Phil, which aired on GB News on 11 March 2023, presented by Esther McVey and Philip Davies, two sitting Conservative Party MPs.
This particular programme featured a pre-recorded interview between the two presenters and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt MP.
Ofcom concluded: "Given this programme featured two sitting MP presenters from one political party interviewing the Chancellor of the same political party about a matter of major political controversy and current public policy, we consider, in these circumstances, that GB News should have taken additional steps to ensure that due impartiality was preserved."
Ofcom say the investigation does not seek to question the merits of the Don't Kill Cash campaign itself.
GB News is available on Sky channel 512.