Andrew Neil quits GB News after just eight shows


Insiders said Mr Neil’s exit from GB News could pave the way for him to appear as commentator for rival broadcasters. Sources said he was already booked to appear as a panellist on BBC One’s Question Time on Thursday night. 

Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders Analysis, said he now expected GB News to sharpen its focus on right-leaning journalism in a bid to shore up its audience figures. 

“[The move to the right] is already happening. The guest they are bringing on air, and the fact Andrew Neil has left is a response to that. 

“Right now, there are probably 20,000 or 30,000 people watching it, which is nothing. That is why they have to move towards an extreme to have some sort of impact and continue to be talked about.

“Because the more you go into the centre, the more you come up against the BBC, ITV and Sky News, which chronicle news and have superior production budgets.”

In an email announcing the departure to staff, Mr Frangopoulos said Mr Neil had signed a multi-year contract and the company hoped he would stay longer. 

“Andrew helped set our tone, our purpose, even our launch date,” he added. “He has been integral to every major programming and hiring decision.”

In its official statement, 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.”


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