GB chairman and veteran broadcaster, Andrew Neil, has taken to Twitter to announce his departure from GB News – just months after launch.
Following weeks of speculation, Neil confirmed to his 1.1 million followers on Monday: ‘It’s official: I have resigned as Chairman and Lead Presenter of GB News’.
The former Sunday Times editor and BBC interviewer’s departure comes at a turmoil time for GB News. According to The Times, three senior producers reportedly quit within days apart, which they believe is a result of an “increasingly populist agenda [which] is polarising the newsroom.”
It’s official: I have resigned as Chairman and Lead Presenter of GB News.
Talks of the right-leaning ‘anti woke’ channel kicked off last year after Andrew Neil announced his departure from the BBC after 25 years. The channel features presenters such as Nigel Farage and Alastair Stewart and has been plagued with technical problems and questionable moments throughout.
From falling for the ‘Mike Hunt’ prank, the controversial moment Lady Colin Campbell claimed Jeffery Epstein wasn’t a paedophile, to Dan Wootton’s questions branded as “stupid” by Lord Sugar, GB News had an interesting past few months, to say the least.
It’s a technological car crash. Either there’s a real Mike Hunt out there, or someone was having a laugh… editorial… https://t.co/WRY8v3RGRR
Neil will continue to appear as a commentator twice a week on Farage’s show. A GB News worker said Neil joined ‘12 months ago and signed a multi-year contract, so we hoped he’d stay longer.’
GB News has since announced a weekly political programme called The Briefing PM hosted by journalist Isabel Oakeshott. “I’m really excited to announce I’m joining GB News – my new show coming soon...”, she said.