Simon McCoy is set to join GB News (Picture: BBC)
Simon McCoy is joining upcoming channel GB News after his departure from the BBC.
The journalist, who has announced he was leaving BBC News after almost 18 years, will present an afternoon show on the network.
Director of News and Programmes, John McAndrew, said: ‘Simon’s journalistic integrity, warmth and personality is a perfect fit for what we’re doing at GB News.
‘He’s a brilliant journalist with an exceptional ability to relate to people in an upbeat way so we’re keen to get him out from behind a desk and talking to people from all parts of the United Kingdom.’
GB News is an upcoming channel, which looks set to rival Sky News and BBC News when it finally launches.
Scottish journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil is the chairman of the television news channel, with a whole host of stars already being snapped up to join the presenting team.
With a financial backing from Discovery, GB News plans to broadcast individual programmes and news-based programmes built around its presenting team, instead of being a rolling news channel.
While some have criticised it before its launch for being too ‘right-leaning’, McAndrew has promised it will deliver ‘impartial journalism’.
McCoy announced his sudden departure from BBC News after nearly 17 years this week.
The 59-year-old confirmed the news on Twitter, after floor manager Niall Jackson wished him luck in his final week.
Jackson tweeted: ‘If you think he’s a handful on-screen, imagine what he’s like off it? Only got to floor manage 4 years of his 17+ at @BBCNews so was nice to do his final week. Made the dreariest of heavy news days instantly more manageable. May the road rise up to meet you @BBCSimonMcCoy Sláinte.’
McCoy tweeted: ‘Thank you Niall, I shall miss you’, and after a follower asked whether he was leaving, the newsreader wrote: ‘After 18 years… last day today.’
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