News UK’s proposed news channel has received its broadcast licence from the regulator Ofcom.
Rupert Murdoch’s News UK & Ireland Limited has been issued a TLCS (Television Licensable Content Service) licence for News UK TV.
The channel is expected to launch in the spring, initially for four or five hours each evening, some distance from the 24-hour Sky News launched by Murdoch in 1989 and sold to Comcast in 2018.
News UK TV will present a Fox News-style network with Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan linked with a nightly show.
It will face competition from GB News, a similarly minded right-leaning news service, headed by Andrew Neil, the political journalist, who was the first executive chairman of Sky Television.
News Corp’s Wireless Group already runs a number of talk-based radio stations including TalkRadio and the recently launched Times Radio.