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Andrew Neil resigns from GB News three months after channel’s launch


Andrew Neil has resigned as chairman and lead presenter of GB News, just three months after helping to launch the channel.

Neil, 72, had been on the air for less than two weeks before announcing his retirement.

The former BBC political presenter will continue to be a regular guest commentator on GB News.

He stated in a statement that he had decided to “reduce my commitments on a number of fronts.”

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

“I wish GB News continued success in fulfilling its founding promise and mission of reaching audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters.”

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“Andrew is without a doubt one of the finest journalists and interviewers in this country,” GB News said in a statement. GB News wishes him well and thanks him for his 12 months of leadership, wisdom, and advice.”

Neil left the BBC after 25 years in November, following the US presidential election.

He then focused on launching GB News in mid-June, promising to “change the face of news and debate in the UK.”

However, he was said to have taken a leave of absence at the end of June. He did not return, and earlier this month it was reported that Neil and CEO Angelos Frangopoulos had a falling out over the company’s direction.

In his absence, the network hired former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, as well as ex-Sun journalist Dan Wootton and experienced news anchors Simon McCoy and Alastair Stewart, who came from the BBC and ITV, respectively.

Neil’s departure comes two months after Guto Harri left the network over a disagreement over his decision to take a knee during a discussion about racism toward England’s black footballers.

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