The veteran newsreader Alastair Stewart has actually become the latest speaker to sign for the forthcoming GB News channel, as the new rightwing station prepares to introduce later on this year.
He will host a weekend news and existing affairs programme, signing up with a growing number of well-known older male speakers who have actually signed up with GB News in recent weeks. The station is pitching itself towards disaffected audiences who feel television news presently alters to the left.
Stewart is a familiar face in the country’s houses after his decades hosting bulletins for ITN, along with reporting from all over the world. Nevertheless, his profession came to an abrupt end in 2015 after he was sacked from his function presenting periodic bulletins.
It was commonly reported that Stewart was release by ITN after he tweeted the expression “mad ape” at a black political campaigner, but sources at the business firmly insisted that his agreement was ended over several “errors of judgment”.
” It was never about a single tweet, it was constantly mistakes plural,” an ITN source said at the time.
However, this did not stop the person who was the subject of Stewart’s comment from getting a barrage of racist abuse from mad members of the public, who blamed the person for taking Stewart off air.
Because leaving ITN Stewart has composed short articles for the Viewer and hosted programs on TalkRadio. He said: “GB News is a distinct chance to expand the spectrum, challenge the groupthink and move away a foreseeable program in news and debate. I can’t wait to get stuck in and tackle problems that really matter to people throughout the UK.”
Other finalizings for the channel, which is pitching itself towards audiences outside significant cities, include Andrew Neil, Sky’s Colin Brazier, and the BBC’s Simon McCoy. They sign up with the similarity the ex-Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry, the previous Sky Sports News speaker Kirsty Gallacher and numerous previous Brexit party candidates.
The channel has actually raised 10s of millions of pounds in financing and has actually secured a slot on Freeview. Although it will be regulated by the media guard dog Ofcom, GB News’s presenters will be totally free to express political viewpoints and fulfill the standard of “due impartiality” so long as they expose viewers to alternative viewpoints.