Andrew Neil on GB News: – I am taking on woke culture

from The Evening Standard

As he prepares to launch the controversial channel GB News, its chairman Andrew Neil talks Piers Morgan, cancel culture, BBC salaries and getting out of your comfort zone

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By Susannah Butter@susannahbutter2 hours ago

“The real problem,” begins Andrew Neil, in his Scottish burr that will be familiar to anyone who has watched him grill politicians over his 50-year career in the media, “is there are so many delicious issues around cancel culture that it is hard to decide what to pick for Woke Watch.” He is referring to a five minute segment on his new TV show, beginning this Sunday on GB News, a bold new channel which is already highly controversial – impressive given that it has not even launched yet.

It will be free-to-air and sees itself as an antidote to rolling news, “carving up the clock from 6am to midnight with appointment to view personality-led shows like they have in the US and an attitude you don’t see on British TV at the moment”. Detractors have called it a British Fox News and are calling for advertisers to boycott it.

If Neil, 72, is ruffled by this he doesn’t show it. “It’s all good publicity,” he says. “For everybody that wants to boycott there are about 10 people who are going to watch. I am not worried about that. It only becomes a problem if you don’t stand up to them and I can assure you we will.” Neil is known for taking no prisoners – politicians fear his forensic interrogation technique, including Boris Johnson who refused to be interviewed by him in the lead up to the general election. The journalist James Delingpole once said that trying to wing it in an interview with Neil is, “like going for a dip in the river in Australia’s Northern Territory and hoping there are no crocodiles” … Continue reading >>>

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