Andrew Neil said he resigned as chairman of GB News after differences over which direction the channel was headed.
The journalist and broadcaster appeared on BBC Question Time Thursday night after announcing his departure from the fledgling channel in a tweet where he said it was “time to reduce my commitments on multiple fronts”.
GB News was launched in June with Neil saying he would not “slavishly follow the existing news agenda”, cover “the stories that matter to you and those that have been overlooked” and deliver “a wide range of voices. which reflect the views and values of our UK ”.
Neil told Question Time that the channel’s launch couldn’t be described as a “surprising success” and that he felt in a “minority of one” about its future.
“More and more differences have arisen between myself and the other senior executives and the board of directors of GB News,” he said.
“Rather than these differences getting smaller, they just got bigger and bigger and I thought it was better that if this was the route they wanted to take, then it was up to them to decide, that is. was their money.
“I think the itinerary is what you can see on GB News right now, people should decide for themselves what they want to watch.”
Nigel Farage has since become the main evening presenter and the channel is looking to hire more of his former Brexit stable mates in what appears to be a move to the right of the political spectrum.
A number of big names joined the channel for its launch, including ITV News reporter Alastair Stewart, BBC reporter Simon McCoy and former Labor MP Gloria De Piero.
Guto Harri left the channel following an argument over his knee grip during a racism debate directed at England football players, while other staff are said to have left.
Neil said: “I thought it wasn’t for me, I wanted a different route – it doesn’t mean I’m right or that they are wrong, but it was definitely a difference. .
“The differences were such that the direction they were going was not the direction I had mapped out, it was not the direction I had envisioned for the canal.
“But I was in a minority of one, so he does what he does and it’s up to them to decide. Good luck to them if that’s what they want to do.
After Neil’s announcement on Monday, a GB News statement said: “Andrew is without a doubt one of the best journalists and interviewers in this country.
“GB News thanks him for his 12 months of leadership, wisdom and advice and we wish him good luck.”
The television space in which GB News lives will soon find another occupant after Rupert Murdoch announces that Piers Morgan – often portrayed as a possible savior of GB News – will run a new channel called talktv.