Jeremy Corbyn has started a campaign against News UK, on the basis of having a more “free and accountable” press.
During an online rally to launch his new Peace and Justice Project, the former Labour leader stated that he would campaign against the soon-to-launch News UK channel founded by Rupert Murdoch.
At the rally, Corbyn asked his followers to support a “just, free and accountable” media as one of the four main causes he is campaigning for.
This could come in the form of a taxpayer-owned British Digital Corporation to offset the power of multi-national corporations in the media, which he proposed at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 2018.
News UK will be competing with the recently established GB News and other mainstream channels, receiving official approval to launch from Ofcom.
At the moment, the company is in the process of hiring presenters and finding donors, with Piers Morgan and Lord Sugar possibly being involved and with more big names expected.
According to insiders, it will be an evening-only programme airing for around four to five hours. Under the title of The Smart Cast, the line-up will be: “an early evening programme, followed by a daily political debate show and finishing with an evening news bulletin”.
The channel will be located at News UK’s headquarters based in London Bridge, where a studio is being added to the already large building next to The Shard.