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The who’s who of GB News: Alastair Stewart, Kirsty Gallacher join Andrew Neil’s new channel

The lineup behind Andrew Neil’s television news network has been revealed. 

Neil is the face and chairman of GB News, and he will present a show four nights a week.

Joining him on the new network is former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart, who will anchor Alastair Stewart And Friends, which will feature conversation and analysis of current affairs.  

Former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher along with Darren McCaffrey and Rosie Wright will host The Great British Breakfast.  

Former Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry will host Dewbs & Co every weeknight.

Darren McCaffrey and Rosie Wright, who will host morning show The Great British Breakfast, have also been brought onboard, along with ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy.

Left to right: Kirsty Gallacher, Andrew Doyle, Neil Oliver, Darren McCaffrey, Alex Phillips, Rebecca Hutson, Simon McCoy, Nana Akua, Liam Halligan, Gloria De Piero, Dan Wootton, Andrew Neil, Michelle Dewberry, Mercy Muroki, Tom Harwood, Colin Brazier, Inaya Folarin Iman, Alastair Stewart

Presenter Michelle Dewberry broadcasts from a studio during the launch event for new TV channel GB News at The Point in Paddington, London

Presenter Michelle Dewberry broadcasts from a studio during the launch event for new TV channel GB News at The Point in Paddington, London

Andrew Neil

Michelle Dewberry

The new British television news channel GB News will launch at 8pm on June 13 with a special programme called Welcome To GB News. Left: GB News presenter Andrew Neil. Right: Michelle Dewberry

Kirsty Gallacher

Gloria De Piero

Left: GB News presenter Kirsty Gallacher. Right: Gloria De Piero

Dan Wootton

Simon McCoy

Left: GB News presenter Dan Wootton. Right: Simon McCoy

Broadcaster and author Neil Oliver, known for programmes including Coast and A History Of Ancient Britain, will host Neil Oliver Live.

Andrew Doyle will host Free Speech Nation, described by the channel as ‘a fearless filleting of the country’s thorniest debates’.

Brazier and social commentator Mercy Muroki will host a joint show, as will former Labour MP Gloria De Piero and economist Liam Halligan.

McCoy and Alex Phillips will also co-host an afternoon programme.

Neil has pledged that the new 24-hour news channel will tackle cancel culture and will not be ‘yet another echo chamber for the metropolitan mindset’. 

It is the first new British news network in 24 years – since BBC News 24 launched in 1997. Although foreign channels have launched in the UK in that time, such as Al Jazeera English, this is the first new network specifically for UK audiences.

Veteran political interviewer Andrew Neil will lead the evening line-up on GB News and is also chairman

Veteran political interviewer Andrew Neil will lead the evening line-up on GB News and is also chairman

Pictured: Alastair Stewart will also be joining the team of GB News presenters

Pictured: Alastair Stewart will also be joining the team of GB News presenters 

At 8pm, as the channel launched, Neil gave a five minute introduction for viewers, saying the network would concentrate on ‘the stories that matter to you and that others are neglecting’.

He added: ‘We are committed to covering the people’s agenda, not the media’s agenda. 

‘GB News will not be yet another echo chamber for the metropolitan mindset that already dominates so much of the media.

‘We are proud to be British, the clue is in the name, and while we will never hold back from covering our country’s many flaws and problems… we won’t forget what the B stands for in our title.  

‘We will puncture the pomposity of our elites… and expose their growing promotion of cancel culture for the threat to free speech and democracy that it is.’    

Global media and entertainment company Discovery, Inc is the lead investor. GB News will feature more than 6,500 hours of content a year, made exclusively for the channel, which has secured broadcasting licences from Ofcom.

It has been founded by media executives Andrew Cole and Mark Schneider. They plan for the channel to reach 96% of British television households via Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media.  

GB News has recruited a team of regional reports to help serve its mission of involving ‘non-metropolitan voices in the national conversation’.

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