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Andrew Neil, 72, steps down as GB News chairman to ‘reduce his commitments’

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ANDREW Neil has stepped down as chairman of GB News simply months after it launched, the channel has introduced.

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

The 72-year-old journalist stepped down as chairman from GB NewsCredit: PA:Press Association
Mr Neil confirmed his resignation on Twitter
Mr Neil confirmed his resignation on TwitterCredit: PA

The 72-year-old stated that he had time over the summer season to “reflect” on his “extensive portfolio of interests” and determined he needed to “cut back”.

He will proceed to contribute to GB News as an everyday visitor commentator.

“I am sorry to go but I have concluded it’s time to reduce my commitments on a number of fronts,” his assertion learn.

“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 press release from GB News stated: “Andrew is no doubt one of many best journalists and interviewers on this nation.

“GB News thanks him for his 12 months of leadership, wisdom and advice, and we wish him well.”

On Twitter, Mr Neil confirmed the news by tweeting: “It’s official: I have resigned as Chairman and Lead Presenter of GB News.”

GB News started broadcasting in June with the goal of offering extra opinion and debate in contrast to news rivals Sky News and BBC News.

The Scottish broadcaster had been employed to lead the channel’s night line-up however simply two weeks into the launch, he introduced he was taking a break.

He informed viewers that he can be away for a “few weeks” and return “before the summer is out”.

Mr Neil was appointed editor of The Sunday Times by Rupert Murdoch, and served on this place from 1983 to 1994, after which he wrote for the Daily Mail.

He introduced live political programmes This Week on BBC One and Politics Live on BBC Two.

He is the present chairman of Press Holdings Media Group, whose titles embody The Spectator, and the ITP Media Group.

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