London | Featured presenter, Donald Trump interview and BBC poster contest: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch launched a new British TV channel on Monday, relying on ‘spirited debates’ to appeal to audiences in the already overburdened British media world.
“TalkTV” airs from 7:00 pm (6:00 pm GMT) on Monday with a news program followed by an interview with the former US president by presenter Piers Morgan, known for his outbursts of supposed political correctness.
In a video promoting the program titled ‘Uncensored’, Donald Trump is seen abruptly leaving the room after heated altercations during the 2020 US presidential election that he claimed was ‘stolen’ from him.
In a statement, the former president said Morgan had “unlawfully and deceptively attempted to interrupt his long and boring interview.” “It will all be there,” replied the journalist, who presented his program as a “brave forum for lively debate” and “a celebration of everyone’s right to have an opinion.”
The interview marks Piers Morgan’s big comeback since he left the ITV morning show live in March 2021. He had accused Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s wife, of lying, who in the interview mentioned her suicidal thoughts and lack of support from the royal family.
According to excerpts revealed by the British newspaper the sunLike Piers Morgan, Donald Trump – who has already criticized Meghan Markle in the past – believes that the prince is being controlled by his wife and that the couple will eventually separate.
TalkTV will be broadcast on UK TV, streaming platforms and YouTube and hosted by journalists from around the world. times And the Sun, two newspapers owned by Mr. Murdoch. The president’s interview will also be on Fox Nation in the US and on Sky News Australia.
“Bumping on the BBC”
Designed to compete with GB News, a conservative channel launched last summer, TalkTV is entering a packed British media scene.
Already in June 2020, the Murdoch group, News Corp. launched Radio Times, which is supposed to compete with BBC Radio 4, the general news channel.
While the Australian billionaire has long been angry at UK legislation that bans the kind of pro-Trump content he can broadcast on his Fox News channel in the US, he has found fertile ground for his UK empire in controversies and a “-wake up” agenda. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
And he has the advantage of maintaining good relations with the Conservative government, which recently targeted the BBC and Channel 4, another public broadcaster.
“Mr Murdoch’s real goal is to hit the BBC,” said Jan Seton, professor of media at the University of Westminster and an official historian for the public broadcasting group.
She added: “The BBC and public broadcasters are a thorn in the strategic business interests of News International (the British subsidiary of News Corp).”
According to Ms Seton, “it is about discrediting British institutions in favor of a political duty, without an alternative vision.”
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