Andrew Neil says he ‘will not broadcast hate’ on GB News
Former BBC presenter Andrew Neil joined Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain and was quizzed about the #DontFundGBNews campaign which began trending on Twitter over the weekend. The chairman of GB News hit back at those claiming the channel would spread hate and calling for it to be “killed on arrival” insisting: “I’ve never broadcast hate.”
GB News has faced backlash online with campaign group Stop Funding Hate calling for advertisers to boycott the channel.
Over the past few days hundreds of tweets were sent to companies telling them #DontFundGBNews and asking them not to advertise on GB News.
Speaking about the campaign on Good Morning Britain, Neil explained he was baffled by the claims the channel would be spreading hate and be the British equivalent of Fox News.
Morgan began: “Andrew, your new venture, GB News is getting a lot of attention. There’s already a campaign to have you killed on arrival because you’re going to be an outrageous version of Fox.”
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“The station that is by the way,” Reid chipped in, clarifying there were not calls for Neil’s death.
Morgan continued: “What’s your reaction to that campaign Stop Funding Hate. I mean, no one has seen a single second of your output at GB News. Apparently you’re already hateful people.”
Neil remarked: “It’s slightly bizarre but I guess its good publicity in some ways but it is bizarre to try to ban or boycott a channel that hasn’t yet broadcast a second of footage on air.
“To be smeared as a hateful channel, I’ve been broadcasting for over 40 years on and off, I have never indulged in hate. There will be no hate.
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“I find it rather hateful that they think we would go down the road of hate.
“People should be free to say what they want and do what they want, that’s fine but there’s a particular strand of opinion now among this kind of woke group that says it’s not enough to that I can say I disagree with you.
“I need to stop what you’re doing. It’s cancel culture!”
Addressing the hate spread online, Neil later added he would “take the anonymity away” from trolls.
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“The law has to start holding them to account,” Neil stated. “[Social media] has to hold the individuals to account as well.
“We have edited newspapers, we would never have thought about doing that in a newspaper.”
Morgan agreed: “This is all crossing a line which would not be possible on TV or in a newspaper.”
Many of those watching online were quick to throw their support behind Neil insisting they would be watching GB News.
“Are they worried a news channel that reports the news in a factual unbiased way will completely undermine their position on pretty much everything in this country,” one viewer posted on Twitter. “Bring it on, I will be watching.”
Another added: “Yet more excellent PR for GB News – on a competing channel no less – generated by the absurd cancellation campaign!”
A third continued: ”Great interview/ discussion with Andrew Ferguson Neil-this morning, can’t wait for GB News to be broadcasted.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.
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