India Willoughby accuses GB News of demonising trans people and says she will no longer appear on the channel

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India Willoughby, the transgender national TV newsreader, had previously agreed to appear weekly on the news channel as a panel commentator on Tonight Live with Dan Wootton (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
India Willoughby, the transgender national TV newsreader, had previously agreed to appear weekly on the news channel as a panel commentator on Tonight Live with Dan Wootton (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Broadcaster India Willoughby has accused GB News of the “demonisation” of trans people and said she will no longer appear on the channel.

Willoughby, the transgender national TV newsreader, had previously agreed to appear weekly on the news channel as a panel commentator on Tonight Live with Dan Wootton.

She told Pink News she had thought the channel was “going to be a breath of fresh air” but said the experience became “an absolute nightmare”.

Writing in the Mail+ on Wednesday, Ms Willoughby said: “All I wanted to do was present a passionate defence of trans people (of whom I am one) after a week of unrelenting negative media coverage…”

Ms Willoughby said she decided to quit GB News following an on-screen interaction with Wootton on Sunday.

“I didn’t want to be part of what I considered the demonisation of a section of society with no representation,” she wrote.

GB News presenter Andrew Neil said the channel had been launched to “expose the growing promotion of cancel culture” and give a voice “to those who feel sidelined or silenced”.

The channel, positioned as a rival to the news and current affairs offerings of the likes of BBC and Sky, has signed a series of high profile figures including former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy and former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart.

GB News has been contacted for comment.

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