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Andrew Neil to return to BBC with Question Time appearance after quitting as chair of GB News

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Andrew Neil quit as chair of GB News this week (Picture: ITV)

Andrew Neil is set to return to his old stomping ground at the BBC with an appearance on Question Time days after quitting GB News.

The next episode of the topical panel show will go out on Thursday on BBC One has it returns for a new series.

The BBC press team account announced the news on Twitter, saying: ‘Former GB News Chairman, Andrew Neil, will be on the @bbcquestiontime panel as the programme returns to screens this Thursday at 10:35pm on @BBCOne 📺 #bbcqt.’

It comes just days after the 72-year-old announced he is stepping down from his role as chair and host of his primetime GB News show, however he will still appear as a regular guest commentator on the channel’s various programmes.

In a statement, Andrew 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.’

He added: ‘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 said: ‘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.’

 

In a short and sweet tweet about his resignation the former BBC star said: ‘It’s official: I have resigned as Chairman and Lead Presenter of GB News.’

Andrew quit the BBC in September 2020 after over 25 years at the broadcaster. GB News was launched on June 13, the first new news channel to launch in the UK in 30 years.

He took a break two weeks later as the channel had what he called a ‘rocky start’ – amid technical difficulties, brands pulling their advertising and people prank calling the station – and did not return full time.

Before the news of Andrew’s departure from the company was announced, it was reported that there are ‘split loyalties’ within the GB News ranks, with several high-profile presenters feeling frustrated about the direction the channel has gone in.

His former co-stars including Alastair Stewart and Colin Brazier paid tribute to the broadcaster.

Question Time airs September 16 at 10.35pm on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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