Andrew Neil returns with Channel 4 show after quitting GB News

He is the broadcasting heavyweight famed for going toe-to-toe with politicians. And after quitting GB news, which he helped launch last year, Andrew Neil is set to make a return to our screens with a new Channel 4 show.

The well-known interviewer said his new Sunday evening politics programme will focus on “intelligent discussion” rather than “sensation and shouting”. The live ten-part series, titled The Andrew Neil Show, begins on May 8 airing weekly at 6 pm.

Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg will feature on the show as its first guest. The Daily Mirror’s Pippa Crerar and The Telegraph’s Madeline Grant will offer up their insight as political commentators.

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Neil told the PA news agency: “In British broadcasting, six o’clock is an unusual time on a Sunday night to do a political show but it means we have the waterfront to ourselves. There are no other competitors on at that time.

“Sunday mornings are a bit crowded and there are other points in the schedule which have lots of political programming – breakfast time as well during the week. We get this slot to ourselves.”

Neil said his programme would sit “in between” news and opinion. But he insisted it wouldn’t be like shows across the pond.

He said: “It won’t be American-style, that’s for sure. And it won’t be shouty. But I hope it will have some pace and some insight. Shouty can be quite entertaining, though it’s also a little bit exhausting after a while.”

Neil’s career as a political presenter and interviewer has spanned three decades. He is the chairman and editor-in-chief of Press Holdings Media Group, publishers of The Spectator and other related titles.

Neil is a former Sunday Times editor and was one of the BBC’s top political broadcasters for many years. At the broadcaster, he presented This Week, Daily Politics and BBC One’s Sunday Politics.

He stepped down as the chairman and host of a prime-time show on GB News last year.

The Andrew Neil Show launches on Sunday at 6 pm on Channel 4.

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