Andrew Neil has stepped down as chairman and lead presenter of GB News, it has been confirmed.
The 72-year-old broadcaster and journalist had been absent from the channel after announcing a break two weeks after the launch.
It has been confirmed that Neil will continue to be a regular guest on the news channel, despite his departure.
“I am sorry to go but I have concluded it’s time to reduce my commitments on a number of fronts,” Neil said.
“Over the summer I’ve had time to reflect on my extensive portfolio of interests and decided it was time to cut back.”
“I wish GB News well in continuing to fulfil its founding promise and mission to reach audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters,” he concluded.
GB News released a statement following the news: “Andrew is without doubt one of the finest journalists and interviewers in this country.”
“GB News thanks him for his 12 months of leadership, wisdom and advice, and we wish him well.”
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