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 merely months after it launched, the channel has launched.

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 said that he had time over the summer time season to “reflect” on his “extensive portfolio of interests” and decided he wanted to “cut back”.

He will proceed to contribute to GB News as an on a regular basis customer commentator.

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

“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 launch from GB News said: “Andrew is little question one among many finest 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 information by tweeting: “It’s official: I have resigned as Chairman and Lead Presenter of GB News.”

GB News began broadcasting in June with the objective of providing further opinion and debate in distinction to information rivals Sky News and BBC News.

The Scottish broadcaster had been employed to lead the channel’s night time line-up nonetheless merely two weeks into the launch, he launched he was taking a break.

He knowledgeable viewers that he may 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 launched stay political programmes This Week on BBC One and Politics Live on BBC Two.

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

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