The much-anticipated channel launched on Sunday and hit the ground running, being watched by more people than both BBC News and Sky News despite several technical glitches. Yesterday, Mr Brazier made his first appearance, having been poached from Sky after 25 years there to join a new set-up that he says feels “hugely liberating” because he can “stop pretending” he does not have an opinion. The 53-year-old wasted no time in sharing his thoughts after leaving Sky, including on students at the country’s leading university that have been dubbed “woke”.
He wrote on Twitter last week: “I wonder if it might be time to defund some Oxford colleges?”
He was commenting on a link he shared regarding Oxford University students who voted to remove a portrait of the Queen from their common room.
The group of postgraduates at the university’s Magdalen College reportedly agreed the painting should be taken down because Her Majesty “represents colonialism”.
Mr Brazier then shared photos of activist Greta Thunberg, Meghan Markle and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in what appeared to be a further pop at political correctness.
He wrote: “The Oxford College where academics have voted to remove a picture of the Queen are said to be looking for an inspirational replacement.”
The issue was discussed by former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on GB News’ inaugural breakfast broadcast, where he also addressed academics at the university refusing to teach over a statue that “glorifies colonialism”.
He said: “Have a bit of pride in your country. Have a bit of respect for your institutions.
“Britain is not a racist country. There may be one or two racist individuals, Britain is not a racist country.
“Other than Australia, I can’t think of a freer or fairer country than the UK – respect the achievement.
“So leave the portrait of the Queen in the common room, leave the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, and get back to making Britain better rather than running the place down.”
GB News’ chairman Andrew Neil left the BBC last year, stating in February that “the direction of news debate in Britain is increasingly woke and out of touch with the majority of its people”.
He added that “our national conversation has become too metropolitan, too southern and too middle-class”.
GB News is attempting to fill the gap for those who currently feel left out.
And while he stated he was not a fan of the term “woke,” Mr Brazier previously told the Yorkshire Post that many of the issues related to it will be a key part of the channel’s focus.
He added: “If you use the word ‘woke’ it essentially hinders a broader conversation.
“But are we worried about cancel culture? Yes. Are we worried about free speech? Yes.”
While the channel is opinionated, it will have to abide by Ofcom rules designed to ensure impartiality in news broadcasting.
Mr Neil’s inspiration to launch the channel was to “champion robust, balanced debate,” as well as bring “a range of perspectives on the issues that affect everyone in the UK, not just those living in the London area”.
And he appeared to take a swipe at the BBC during his opening programme, stating: “We won’t forget what the B stands for in our title.”