Andrew Neil has revealed his plans for Piers Morgan amid speculation the broadcaster is set to join GB News following his departure from Good Morning Britain.
After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired, Piers reportedly refused to apologise for the remarks he made concerning the duchess’ mental health.
Despite the criticism Piers has faced, with mental health charity Mind saying the organisation was ‘disappointed’ and ‘concerned’, the Life Stories host has been tipped to join GB News, a news channel set to be launched by Andrew, 71, later this year.
‘I wouldn’t want to transfer what he was doing for Good Morning Britain straight to GB News, I’d want to do something different with him at a different time of day,’ Andrew said.
Phillip questioned whether it would be possible for Piers to take on a role that differs from his former GMB presenting position, stating: ‘He is what he is though, isn’t he?’
‘He is what he is but I think he’s also adaptable and he can do different things in different ways, and I think he would be a huge asset to our channel if we could get him,’ Andrew responded.
However, he added that he may be up against some other companies vying for Piers now he has left GMB.
‘We will try to do so and see if we can come to a mutual agreement. He won’t be short of offers so no doubt there’ll be a little bit of competition,’ he added.
GB News is said to become the biggest launch of a new TV channel in the UK since Sky News began in the late 1980s.
With a financial backing from Discovery, GB News is not set on becoming a rolling news channel, instead building individual and news-based programmes around its presenters.
Despite criticisms of the channel ahead of its launch that it appears too ‘right-leaning’ politically, with some people drawing comparisons with US TV channel Fox News, GB News has insisted it will offer ‘impartial’ journalism.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.