Scot bows out

Neil quits BBC to launch rival 24-hour news channel

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil: ‘heavy heart

Broadcaster Andrew Neil is leaving the BBC after 25 years to join a new 24-hour news channel.

GB News aims to start broadcasting early next year as a rival to BBC and Sky.

The 71-year-old Scot, who becomes chairman of the new channel, said: “We’ve seen a huge gap in the market for a new form of television news … GB News is the most exciting thing to happen in British television news for more than 20 years.

“We will champion robust, balanced debate and a range of perspectives on the issues that affect everyone in the UK, not just those living in the London area.”

The station is backed by broadcaster Discovery and hopes to create at least 120 positions, including more than 100 jobs for journalists across the UK.

Its style is expected to be similar to the opinion-led programmes on Fox News, offering a right wing perspective.

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