Good Morning Britain presenter Pip Tomson enjoying 'freedom' after quitting for rival GB News

The former GMB reporter said she wanted to, "offer a voice to those who want to be heard but are thoroughly disillusioned."

Pip Thomson was News Correspondent on Good Morning Britain. (ITV/Shutterstock)
Pip Thomson was News Correspondent on Good Morning Britain. (ITV/Shutterstock)

Former Good Morning Britain reporter Pip Tomson has left ITV to work at GB News, praising the nascent news channel for its "freedom".

The 45-year-old News Correspondent worked at ITV for 21 years on breakfast shows GMTV, Daybreak and most recently GMB, but has made the decision to switch to rival channel GB News to co-host The Live Desk.

Tomson revealed: "When the opportunity arose to join GB News, I was in a bit of a pickle. It sounded enticing and exciting but I’d spent the bulk of my 21-year television career at ITV.

"The hours were bonkers but I worked with a great team who helped make the job full of fun, even at 3am when my eyes were droopier than a Bloodhound’s.

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"I was also well aware of the flak directed at GB News. Much of it from those types who profess that they’re tolerant members of the ‘Be Kind’ brigade (yawn) but are actually some of the most intolerant people you could ever hope to meet if you don’t profess to share their views. Which always makes me laugh."

Thomson added that GB News offered her a chance to be herself, saying: "Those who know me would probably describe me as straight-talking, authentic, feisty and fearless. Not all broadcasters would encourage that but GB News is different and I’m loving that freedom and individuality."

The journalist and presenter confessed she had personally struggled with the decision to leave ITV, until she spoke to a "famous broadcaster" she chose not to name, who persuaded her it would be an adventure.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06:  Pip Tomson attends the Daily Mirror & RSPCA Animal Hero awards at Grosvenor House on September 6, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Pip Tomson at the Daily Mirror & RSPCA Animal Hero in 2018. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

She said: "I sought out the advice of some of the less tribal folk including one of the most famous broadcasters in the business. I don’t want to name them but they’ve always been incredibly generous in terms of advice, feedback, reflections on the industry and how to deal with those delightful social media trolls.

"'It’s a no brainer,' came the answer. 'You’ve got to do it. It’s very exciting for you and a proper adventure.'"

Tomson added that she hopes to, "challenge and hold to account the powerful types and offer a voice to those who want to be heard but are thoroughly disillusioned so don’t bother to engage.

"I want to help change that and redress the balance, without fear or favour."

Other TV presenters to make the switch from ITV to GB News since the right-leaning channel launched 2021 include Eamonn Holmes, Anne Diamond and Dan Wootton.

Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn Holmes also made the switch from ITV to GB News. (Getty Images)

Other presenters the GB News roast include Nigel Farage, Laurence Fox and Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Piers Morgan was forced to quit GMB in March 2021 after saying he did not believe claims made by Meghan Markle about her mental health and suicidal feelings in the interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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He was said to be in talks with GB News, but now has his own show on TalkTV.