Andrew Neil steps down as chairman of GB News

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Andrew Neil has stepped down as chairman and as a prime time host for GB News.

The journalist and broadcaster, 72, has been absent from the channel after announcing a break two weeks into its launch.

The former BBC presenter will continue as a regular guest commentator on the channel, GB News said.

He will continue to contribute to GB News as a regular guest commentator.

He 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."

He added: "I wish GB News well in continuing to fulfil its founding promise and mission to reach audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters."

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."

His resignation comes after a turbulent start for the news channel since its launch.

GB News began broadcasting in June, promising to offer an alternative to news providers such as the BBC and Sky News and take on so-called cancel culture.

Neil, formerly one of the BBC’s veteran political interviewers, was hired to lead the channel’s evening line-up with a primetime news and interview programme.

He announced a break two weeks into the launch but later said on Twitter that the channel was “finding its feet” and had a “great future” ahead of it.

Former Sky journalist Colin Brazier stepped in to fill his slot.

The channel has been dogged by senior resignations, technical problems and reported internal feuding.

Presenter Guto Harri quit the channel following a row over him taking the knee during a debate on the racism directed towards England football players.

The channel’s director of news and programmes, John McAndrew, was also said to have stepped down.

GB News launched after securing a number of high-profile signings from across the media landscape, including ITV News journalist Alastair Stewart, BBC journalist Simon McCoy and and former Labour MP Gloria De Piero.

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