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‘I was a minority of one’: Andrew Neil reveals why he left GB News | GB News

Andrew Neil has said he resigned as chairman of GB News after differences in which direction the channel was heading.

The journalist and TV station appeared on the BBC’s Question Time on Thursday night days after announcing his departure from the new channel in a tweet in which he said it was “time to reduce my commitments on a number of fronts”.

GB News was launched in June with Neil saying it would not “slavishly follow the existing news agenda”, would cover “the stories that matter to you and those who have been neglected” and deliver “a large selection of voices that reflect the views and values ​​of our UK ”.

Neil told Question Time that the launch of the channel could not be described as a “sensational success” and that he felt he was in a “minority of one” about its future.

“More and more differences arose between myself and the other top executives and the board of GB News,” he said.

“Instead of these differences narrowing, they got wider and wider, and I felt it was best that if that was the path they wanted to take, then it’s up to them, it’s their money.

“The route is what I think you can see on GB News at the moment, people should decide what they want to see.”

Nigel Farage has since become the most important evening presenter, and the channel is seeking to hire more of its former Brexit party comrades in what appears to be a step to the right of the political spectrum.

A number of big names joined the channel for the launch, including ITV News journalist Alastair Stewart, BBC journalist Simon McCoy and and former Labor MP Gloria De Piero.

Guto Harri left the channel after a row over him that took the knee during a debate on racism aimed at English footballers while other staffers are reportedly gone.

Neil said: “I thought it was not for me, I wanted a different route – it does not mean that I am right or that they are wrong, but it was definitely a difference.

“The differences were such that the direction they went in was not the direction I had outlined, it was not the direction I had imagined for the channel.

“But I was in the minority of one, so it does what it does, and it’s up to them. Good luck with them if that’s what they want to do. ”

Following Neil’s announcement on Monday, a statement from GB News said: “Andrew is without a 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 television room inhabited by the GB News will soon find another resident, after Rupert Murdoch announced that Piers Morgan – often hailed as a possible savior by GB News – will front a new channel called Talktv.

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