Andrew Neil QUITS GB News: Broadcaster resigns as chairman

Andrew Neil QUITS GB News: Broadcaster resigns as chairman

09/13/2021

Andrew Neil QUITS GB News: Broadcaster resigns as chairman and will step down as presenter ‘to reduce his many commitments’ but channel says he will continue to appear as commentator

  • Ex-BBC political presenter will continue to appear twice a week as commentator 
  • He quit after presenting just two weeks’ worth of shows before extended holiday 
  • Sources last week suggested reports of a rift with channel’s chief executive 

Andrew Neil has resigned as chairman of GB News and is also stepping down as a presenter. 

The ex-BBC political presenter will continue to appear twice a week as a commentator but has decided to cut down on his professional commitments. 

He quit after presenting just two weeks’ worth of shows before going on an extended holiday more than two months ago. 

Sources last week suggested the Scottish broadcaster was unlikely to return to the channel following reports of a rift with its chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos along with senior management.

Ex-BBC political presenter Andrew Neil will continue to appear twice a week as a commentator but has decided to cut down on his professional commitments 

While Neil had been one of the star signings for the Right-leaning channel when it launched back in June, he has only presented a handful of episodes of his show. 

Neil had previously said that he was simply ‘taking a break’ from his show to ‘replenish my batteries after the rigours of the launch’.  

A GB News worker said Mr Neil joined GB News ’12 months ago and signed a multi-year contract so we hoped he’s stay longer’. 

In a letter seen by Guido Fawkes: ‘Andrew shared our vision for GB News. He knew instinctively that many Brits, especially beyond London, were crying out for a trusted, accurate news channel that stands for tolerance, diversity, free speech, and fair debate. 

‘That mission, enshrined in our Editorial Charter, has not changed and never will.’ 

The launch of the channel, which features presenters including Alastair Stewart and Nigel Farage, was a chaotic affair marred by technical issues lasting for the first few weeks.

Companies also began to pull their advertising from the channel as a result of pressure from Left-wing activists. 

And despite getting off to a reasonably impressive start in terms of viewing figures, the channel saw them plummet with claims that at some points shows were drawing in zero viewers.

Presenter Guto Harri then quit the channel after he was suspended for taking the knee on air in a protest against racism. Neil is thought to have fallen out with management over what he saw as the channel’s premature and shambolic launch.

Yesterday GB News announced that journalist Isabel Oakeshott will present a weekly political programme for the station, called The Briefing PM. The political commentator is already a regular contributor on the channel.

She will front the new show every Friday. Miss Oakeshott, 47, said: ‘I’m really excited to announce I’m joining GB News – my new show coming soon…’ 

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