GB News has announced it will start broadcasting the national anthem at the beginning of its live programming every day.
The channel has said a rendition of God Save The Queen will air across GB News Television and GB News Radio every day at 5.59am, starting tomorrow (January 18).
Editorial director Michael Booker has said it will be a “welcome addition” to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
Mr. Booker added:
“We always promised we would celebrate what’s good about our country when we can, and the Queen’s 70-year reign is definitely worth celebrating.
“We’ve chosen an uplifting instrumental version which, for our television viewers, will feature stunning scenes from across the UK.
“We think it’s a lovely way to start the day.”
In the days before BBC News 24, BBC1 closed down overnight with an announcer bidding the nation goodnight over the channel clock. The BBC1 globe symbol would then appear together with a rendition of the National Anthem before fading to black. On the 3 October 1997, God Save The Queen was played this way on BBC1 for the last time.
The GB News announcement comes after Andrew Rosindell MP recently urged the BBC to return to playing the National Anthem on television to increase ‘unity and pride in our nation.’
This was met with support from the Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries MP who could be heard saying “fantastic” in the House of Commons and Culture Minister Chris Philp MP who told fellow MPs:
“We fully support the signing of the national anthem and other expressions of patriotism – including the flying of the Union Jack.”
GB News, which launched in June with seven daily shows, has been expanding its output and recently launched a new radio station, GB News Radio.
The channel have also recently acquired several new presenters, including veteran broadcaster Eamonn Holmes who is co-hosting the new show breakfast programme with Isabel Webster.
Alex Philips who hosts ‘We Need To Talk About…’ weekdays between 2pm – 3pm is also a popular rising star on the channel.
An example of BBC1 closedown in 1985: