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.”

In a statement, Neil said: “I am sorry to go but I have concluded it’s time to reduce my commitments on a number of fronts.

“Over the summer I’ve had time to reflect on my extensive portfolio of interests and decided it was time to cut back.”

“I wish GB News well in continuing to fulfil its founding promise and mission to reach audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters”, he added.

A statement from GB News said: “Andrew is without doubt one of the finest journalists and interviewers in this country.”

“GB News thanks him for his 12 months of leadership, wisdom and advice and we wish him well.”

The news prompted many responses from Twitter.

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.

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.

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