Nels Abbey calls Andrew Neil 'broken down and traduced'
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When questioned over his reasons for leaving GB News, Mr Neil said: “Well, I had always made it clear it wouldn’t be a British Fox News, and I think you can do something different without going anywhere near Fox. Fox deals in untruths, it deals in conspiracy theories, and it deals in fake news. That’s not my kind of journalism, and I would never have set out to do that. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to why I’m here tonight and not with GB News.”
Fiona Bruce, the BBC Question Time presenter, pushed Mr Neil to give a direct answer as to why he quit the channel.
Mr Neil replied: “In the run-up to the launch, through the launch, and in the aftermath of the launch, and I think most of you who have read anything about it will know you couldn’t file the launch under a startling success, more and more differences emerged between myself and the other senior managers and the board of GB News.
“Rather than these differences narrowing, they got wider and wider, and I felt it was best that if that’s the route they wanted to take then that’s up to them, it’s their money.
He added: “People should make up their own minds as to whether that’s what they want to watch, I thought it wasn’t for me and I had wanted a different route.”
Ms Bruce asked whether Mr Neil felt the channel had moved too far to the right side of the political spectrum, but he declined to answer.
Mr Neil has given up on the channel too soon according to 77 percent of voters who took part in a poll of 1,005 people between September 14 and 17.
One voter, username Backfire, said: “It’s a shame Neil has walked away from GB News, but they have plenty of talent and diversity to succeed, and, unlike their opposition, diversity of opinion.”
But others agreed with Mr Neil that GB News was not a source of quality journalism.
Express reader, Prometheus, said: “It’s not the news programme we were promised. It’s like a semi-intellectual One Show!”
Another, username MountErebus, commented: “Smart move by Andrew Neil. The amateurism of GB News is not his style.”
In September 2020, Mr Neil announced his time with the BBC would come to an end after 25 years of loyalty, to become chairman of GB News.
There has been speculation amongst fans as to whether he will return to the widely trusted media outlet.
But a large 76 percent of Express voters said that he should not return to the BBC.
One reader, username Poshlad, said: “He should remain independent of all of them and answer to no one, that way the public get a balanced view instead of the one side arguments we get now.”
Another reader, Daemon Storm, said: “He is basically a trusted voice and I always look forward to his perspective. So any time he can spare, I am glad to have.”
They added: “Andrew Neil is one of the best presenters out there, he has his hands on the pulse and he tells it how it is – I don’t always agree with his point of view, but I know he will show me a new perspective and let me know what is going on, which is why I like him.”
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But other voters said 72-year-old Andrew Neil should hang up his microphone and retire from TV.
Express reader, Wafu, said: “He’s out of his depth now. Let him just grow old gracefully.”
When asked whether readers think GB News will survive after Andrew Neil’s departure, the majority of people, 67 percent, said the channel will continue, but 42 percent said it will be worse, whilst 25 percent thought it will improve.
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Yesterday Rupert Murdoch announced the launch of brand-new channel talkTV which plans to be a platform for ‘freedom of speech’, airing early next year.
Piers Morgan is set to host a weekday prime time show on the channel and fans are wondering if Mr Neil will also join the media mogul Murdoch in his new venture.
Mr Murdoch has had a close relationship with Mr Neil, appointing him as editor of The Sunday Times in 1983 and later working together to establish Sky TV.
Scott Taunton, CEO of News UK Broadcasting, said: “Some of the most talented people in news, sports and entertainment journalism will be taking part as contributors or creating original content for talkTV.”
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