A test signal from Britain’s newest TV channel is live on satellite ahead of its launch date.
GB News is launching on both Sky and Freesat in high definition. In preparation, the test signal for GB News HD is now live on the Astra 2F satellite.
Ahead of the as yet unspecified launch date, the channel is undergoing routine test transmissions, including a full Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) test. These are required from all broadcasters in order to qualify for inclusion on the Sky channel list. On Freesat, a channel number has already been allocated: GB News HD will appear on channel 216.
The GB News interim EPG shows daytime programmes running in three-hour blocks, including ‘GB Lunchtime’ between 12:00 and 3:00pm and ‘GB Afternoons’ from 3pm to 6pm.
Closer to the launch time, GB News will be added to both Sky and Freesat channel lists. Until then, the GB News tests are only available on satellite receivers that have been manually retuned. Older SD-only satellite receivers will not be able to access the service.
GB News HD is being broadcast on the satellite transponder previously exclusively used by Sony Pictures Television and is uplinked by Arqiva. Tuning parameters are listed below.
Parameters may change at any point during the test period and may not contain any live content.
GB News HD
Satellite Astra 2F 28.2E Frequency 11308 Polarisation Vertical Symbol Rate 27500 FEC 5/6 Mode DVB-S Service ID 53395