GB News has announced that it will launch a national radio service as early as next month.
The new network, chaired by political interviewer Andrew Neil, said it was in the final stages of closing a “long-term deal to secure spectrum on Digital One’s national multiplex.”
The proposed deal with telecommunications company Arqiva would allow GB News Radio to reach 91% of households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, it said.
The news comes two days before GB News starts its television and digital service, on Sunday at 8 p.m.
The heads of GB News have already applied for regulatory approval from Ofcom’s media regulator.
Chief Executive Officer Angelos Frangopoulos said: “GB News is a digital start-up that aims to bring more voice to the UK media.
He added, “It is quite a challenge to expand into radio so quickly, but this opportunity is too big to miss. That means we can serve more people by giving them the ability to tune in anytime, anywhere.
“It was a highly competitive selection process, so we are very pleased.
“We look forward to working again with Arqiva, who are already taking care of our terrestrial and satellite television signals as well as our fiber optic connections.”
The GB News channel starts on June 13th with a special program at 8 p.m. entitled Welcome To GB News.
It has signed a list of high profile talent, including ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy, former Sun Dan Wootton editor-in-chief, and ex-Sky broadcaster Colin Brazier.
It was launched to compete with the BBC and Sky’s news and current news offerings and is available in HD on Sky Channel 515 and Virgin Media Channel 626 as well as Freeview and YouView Channel 236, Freesat. to see his channel 216 and online.