Explaining the reasons behind his departure on the BBC’s flagship political debate programme, Neil said: “In the run-up to the launch, through the launch and in the aftermath of the launch … more and more differences emerged between myself and the other senior managers and the board of GB News.
“Rather than these differences narrowing, they got wider and wider, and I felt it was best that if that’s the route they wanted to take, then that’s up to them.
“I thought it wasn’t for me. I had wanted a different route, doesn’t mean I’m right, they’re wrong, but it certainly was a difference.”
Asked by host Fiona Bruce if he felt that the channel was going too far to the right of the political spectrum, Neil replied that “people should make up their own minds on that”, adding that the direction they were going in “was not the direction I had outlined” or “envisaged for the channel”.