The veteran broadcaster has stepped down as the channel’s chairman and lead presenter after a breakdown in relations with its leadership
Andrew Neil has resigned as chairman and presenter of GB News in the wake of a bitter rift with senior management and the board.
The former Sunday Times editor and BBC interviewer confirmed weeks of speculation over his future by announcing he was stepping down from the fledgling broadcaster.
The Telegraph revealed at the beginning of September that Mr Neil was expected to quit GB News after relations with chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos suffered a total breakdown over the direction of the company.
Mr Frangopoulos is understood to be mulling a plan to remodel GB News along the lines of opinionated American television channels such as Fox – a proposal thought to have been strongly resisted by Mr Neil.
In a statement, GB News said it had accepted his resignation and said he would remain a regular guest commentator across its programmes.
Mr Neil said: “I am sorry to go but I have concluded it’s time to reduce my commitments on a number of fronts.
“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.”
The veteran broadcaster took a break from GB News just two weeks after its launch in June, saying he needed to “recharge my batteries” and would be back before the end of summer. He has been living at home in France since then.
However, sources told The Telegraph last month that Mr Neil had grown weary over repeated technical mayhem at the channel to such an extent that he looked “close to tears” after one broadcast.
GB News said on Monday: “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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