Andrew Neil ‘could return to the BBC’ after meeting Director-General Tim Davie for a ‘constructive conversation’ in the wake of quitting GB News
- BBC Director-General Tim Davie has had talks with Andrew Neil to help ‘clear a path’ for the presenter to return after his dramatic exit from GB News
- No job offers were made to the ex-BBC broadcaster, but the discussion proved to build back a relationship after Neil left last year
- The Andrew Neil Show was axed last year and the 72-year-old said he could not ‘repair the damage done’
Andrew Neil could join the BBC once again after a meeting with Director-General Tim Davie in the wake of quitting as chairman and presenter of GB News.
Davie met Neil in the aftermath of his dramatic GB News exit, when the pair enjoyed a ‘constructive conversation’.
Although no job offers were made, the talks suggested that Davie could clear a path for the presenter to return.
Andrew Neil could end up joining the BBC once again after meeting with BBC’s Director-General Tim Davie to help repair the relationship after Neil left ‘under a cloud’ last year
According to The Times, the discussion proved to help build back a relationship after Neil left the BBC under a cloud last year by Davie’s decision to axe The Andrew Neil Show.
Neil said he could not repair the ‘damage done’.
In an attempt to shore up the BBC’s impartiality credentials, the Director-General is said to be ‘keen’ to hire from all sides of the political spectrum.
One insider said: ‘He was the token right-winger at the BBC.
‘There’s always been an argument that Davie’s error in allowing him to leave could only be rectified by his return.’
Director-General Tim Davie is said to be ‘keen’ to hire from all sides of the political spectrum in an attempt to shore up the BBC’s impartiality credentials
The BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Fran Unsworth, quit in September amid a ‘bias row’ over the appointment of left-winger Jess Brammar as executive news editor.
Whoever takes Unsworth’s position will be crucial in the restoration of Neil and his Wednesday evening show.
Andrew Neil hosted just eight shows on GB News before confirming he had left the channel in September, three months after its launch.
Andrew Neil launched GB News in June with Neil saying it would not ‘slavishly follow the existing news agenda’ but quit with this fleeting Tweet in September
The 72-year-old broadcaster initially told viewers he was taking a break from the channel, less than two weeks after going on air.
GB News would not ‘slavishly follow the existing news agenda’, said Neil, and instead would cover ‘the stories that matter to you and those that have been neglected’.
He added that the channel would deliver ‘a huge range of voices that reflect the views and values of our United Kingdom’.