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Ofcom awards News UK TV broadcasting licence

New channel is expected to launch Free-to-Air.

News UK TV, the planned news channel from Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, has been awarded a broadcasting licence by Ofcom and will launch as soon as it is ready.

The channel is expected to broadcast for around four to five hours each evening and include news, politics and debate programming.

According to the Guardian, News UK TV will be a free-to-air channel, although the company is said to be focusing on launching it as a streaming service. Ofcom’s licence approval means it is likely to launch a linear channel of some sort.

The new channel, which will be run by David Rhodes, looks set to compete with GB News which is also expected to debut some time in the new year. It is said to have already acquired a slot on Freeview.

TVBEurope reported in October that News UK had begun hiring producers for the new channel.