Nigel Farage criticises Priti Patel over migrant vessels
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Just weeks after coming on air, GB News’ viewing figures fell to a low of 11,700 on Saturday, industry figures have shown. Last Wednesday the channel slumped to 13,300 and an average weekly audience rating of 14,900. In contrast, following the channel’s opening on June 13, it hit an average of 45,529 in its first week.
Due to the addition of Mr Farage, the channel received nearly an average of 100,000 viewers during his Monday evening slot.
GB News welcomed the former Brexit Party leader, who will host a one-hour slot from 7pm Monday to Thursday.
Despite the channel’s struggles since coming on air, Mr Farage praised GB News chairman, Andrew Neil.
He said: “I believe in Andrew Neil.
“He is one of the most intelligent broadcasters we have seen in our lifetime and will make GB News a great success.”
Mr Farage’s introduction comes as the channel’s chairman announced his intent to step away to recharge his batteries.
The 72-year-old former BBC man decided to step down for a time late last months just weeks after the channel’s launch.
Mr Neil said: “I’m simply taking a break to replenish my batteries after the rigours of the launch, plus I have other business matters to attend to.
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“I’ll be back before the summer is out brimming with ideas for the channel and my own show.
“I will also be in close contact with management and the board through my break – and even ready to appear should news events demand it.”
Mr Neil did also acknowledge the channel had suffered some setbacks since its beginning.
Away from Mr Neil’s break from the channel, former BBC journalist Guto Harri announced his decision to quit GB News.
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The now-former GB News man, took the knee following a discussion on the racist abuse three England football players received following the Euro 2020 final.
After Mr Harri made the gesture in support of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, he was suspended from the channel.
Following his suspension, Mr Harri announced his resignation in a stinging attack against his former employer.
He said: “Before I took the knee on air I discussed it with my producer, director, co-presenters and head of newsroom.
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“After I did it, GB News captured the moment and proactively cascaded it on social media.
“Two days later you told me you wanted me to take a break for the summer.
“You did not say you were briefing papers and issuing a statement that accused me of breaching your editorial standards.
“I asked you to change that on the night – pointing out it was defamatory.
“You ignored my texts and refused to take my calls.
“I now see that you’ve hired Nigel Farage who immediately declared in public that he will not be taking the knee.”
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