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12/08/2021 16:29 BST

GB News Addresses Speculation About Andrew Neil's Future With The Station

Just two weeks after GB News' ill-fated launch, it was announced Andrew would be taking an extended break from his nightly show.

A GB News spokesperson has shot down speculation that Andrew Neil will not be returning to the ill-fated broadcaster.

Having left his role at the BBC last year, Andrew began a new position as an on-air presenter and chairman of GB News, which debuted in June.

However, just two weeks after GB News’ shaky launch, it was announced that the anchor would be taking an extended break from his nightly current affairs show.

A report published in The Telegraph on Wednesday quoted insiders who claimed that Andrew was reconsidering his future with the station, which has been met with numerous string of bumps in the road during its first two months on the air.

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Andrew Neil pictured in 2019

One of the Telegraph’s sources claimed the veteran journalist “looked miserable, dejected and seriously stressed” during the two weeks he spent in the GB News studio, and appeared “close to tears” one night as a result of various “technical disasters”.

However, a representative for GB News has insisted that Andrew will return to his show next month as planned.

As previously announced, we look forward to Andrew Neil’s return from holiday in September to host his 8pm show,” they told The i.

“We are enormously proud of our progress in only eight weeks. As a start-up, we continue to move at lightning speed, learning, refining and growing constantly.”

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Andrew Neil posing with the on-air GB News team

GB News was hit by rumours of behind-the-scenes turmoil last month, after it was revealed that certain shows had recorded zero viewers.

Responding to this speculation on his Twitter page, Andrew Neil wrote at the time: “Start ups are fraught and fractious. GB News is no exception. But the news channel is finding its feet and has a great future.”