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GB News hits back at Question Time debate, claiming ‘number of demonstrably untrue remarks’ made about channel

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GB News refuted comments made on Question Time (Picture: Rex/GB News)

GB News bosses have condemned ‘a number of demonstrably untrue remarks’ which were made during Thursday’s episode of Question Time on BBC One.

Journalist Andrew Neil was making his first non-GB News TV appearance since announcing he had left his role as chairman and host of a prime time show on the fledgling channel, and a lively debate ensued around both Andrew’s reasons for exiting GB News and the channel’s future as a possible ‘British Fox News’, following recent resignations.

Neil explained: ‘Well I had always made it clear it wouldn’t be a British Fox News, and I think you could do something different without going anywhere near Fox.

‘Fox deals in untruths, it deals with conspiracy theories, and it deals in fake news. And that’s not my kind of journalism, and I would never have set out to do that.’

When probed further on his reasons, he stated: ‘I’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to why I’m here tonight and not with GB News.’

Shadow education secretary Kate Green MP also had her say on the channel, commenting: ‘We don’t need a channel that spreads dissent and hatred, that creates division within or communities. We don’t need a channel that insults and ridicules – and we do need a channel that is accurate, truthful and broadcasts the facts.

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Neil fielded probes from panellists and the audience as to why he left (Picture: BBC)

‘If GB News can get round those hurdles, then I hope it survives because I too would like to hear a plurality of voices and broadcasters in our media.’

Fellow guest, executive chairman of the National Care Association, Nadra Ahmed, branded an interview she watched on social care as ‘absolutely dreadful’ and said her experiences being interviewed by GB News had encountered several ‘hiccups’.

 

A statement on the official GB News Twitter account on Friday said: ‘During last night’s BBC Question Time, a number of demonstrably untrue remarks were made about GB News. We stand for fair debate, tolerance, free speech and factual journalism. There are always more than two sides to any story and we believe in listening to all of them.

‘We look forward to welcoming Andrew Neil back on GB News on Monday for his regular appearance.’

The channel also faced fierce criticism from writer Nels Abbey during the episode, who, as well as accusing Neil of ‘dog-whistling’ and knowing ‘exactly what you guys were setting up’ when it came to the channel’s agenda, dismissed GB News a ‘shoddy platform’ and ‘embarrassing to watch’.

After Abbey and Neil’s terse exchange, host Fiona Bruce interjected to explain: ‘It may be that there will be people who are in GB News who might object to how it’s being described. They’re not here to speak for themselves, so I’ll just say that.’

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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