Andrew Neil quits job as GB News chairman months after channel launched

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Andrew Neil has resigned as the chairman on GB News and will also no longer appear as a presenter on the channel, instead he will act as a commentator twice a week, starting on Monday evening's show.

The 72-year-old confirmed he would be leaving the channel after his exit was revealed to Guido Fawkes. A spokesperson told the publication that the board has "accepted his resignation".

In his own statement, Andrew simply wrote to his 1.1million Twitter followers: "It's official: I have resigned as chairman and lead presenter of GB News."

The GB News Twitter account also confirmed Andrew Neil's exit with a statement posted on their profile and a comment from the former chairman.

He said: "I am sorry to go but I have concluded it's time to reduce my commitments.

"I wish GB News well in continuing to fulfil its founding promise and mission to reach audiences currently underserved by existing news broadcasters."

GB News added: "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."

The channel, which launched on June 13, welcomed Andrew as its chairman to spearhead the growing team in the months that led up to the official launch.

Despite his decision to leave as chairman and lead presenter, he will continue to appear as a commentator twice a week, starting on Nigel's show on Monday evening.

It comes after Andrew had taken a long break from GB News, with former Sky News anchor Colin Brazier stepping into his shoes to cover for him.

Earlier this month an insider told Metro that Neil was not expected to continue hosting the show as initially expected when it first launched.

Andrew has been active in encouraging people to give them time as he previously said they get "better every day", adding, "there's clearly an appetite for what we're doing".

Just two weeks after the launch he praised their already loyal audiences who constantly came to them for the latest news, adding: "On behalf of GB News, I say to all our viewers, thank you."

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