The Co-op Group is one of a number of businesses called on by pressure group Stop Funding Hate to withdraw its advertising from GB News, the controversial TV news channel which launched this week.
The channel – owned by US multinational TV company Discovery Inc, with other investors including include Dubai investment firm Legatum and Vote Leave-backing hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall – has been accused of a right-wing bias by critics.
Critics of the channel have pointed to comments by pundits including former Sun journalist Dan Wooton. He attacked Covid-19 lockdowns, accusing the government, “paranoid health officials” and “doomsday scientists” of “scare campaigns”. He claimed that some in the government are aiming to build “an ultra-cautious biosecurity state, copying the likes of China”. He then condemned football players for the “political gesture” of taking the knee against racism.