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Piers Morgan: Andrew Neil would be ‘delighted’ to talk to ex-ITV man about role at GB News

Veteran heavyweight broadcaster Andrew Neil says he would be “delighted” to talk to Piers Morgan about future work opportunities.

Neil – who left the BBC recently after years as its top news interviewer – said “any network worth its salt” could find a role for Piers Morgan as a “broadcaster of his calibre”.

Neil said Morgan would be a “huge asset” to GB News, the new network he chairs.

It comes after the former ITV presenter’s sudden departure from Good Morning Britain this week.

Morgan quit after a backlash over his comments about the Duchess of Sussex and her headline-making interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Appearing on BBC News, Neil said Morgan’s departure was “a pity” for ITV and said he had brought “energy, dynamism and controversy” to its morning broadcast schedule.

He said: “It had always lagged way behind the BBC breakfast time show and people tuned in because of him.

“It reminded me of the old days of Newsnight. People tuned in if Jeremy Paxman was doing it. If he wasn’t doing it, it wasn’t so exciting and the same is true of GMB.

“It’s a real problem now for ITV that they’ve lost him. The programme this morning was much more run of the mill, low key, kind of ordinary, so it’s going to be difficult for them to replace him.”

GB News has already announced a series of signings including Dan Wootton, former executive editor at The Sun.

Neil said: “Piers would be a huge asset to GB News and we’ll definitely look at that… we haven’t started any negotiations yet but we would certainly be delighted to talk to him if he’s up for it.”


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Asked whether Morgan would be allowed to repeat the kind of behaviour that led to his exit from Good Morning Britain, he said: “You’ll understand I wouldn’t want to negotiate with Piers Morgan on the airwaves of the BBC.

“All I would say is I wouldn’t really want to simply transfer what he did at GMB onto GB News. But could we find a role for Piers Morgan? Of course we could. Any network worth its salt could find a role for a broadcaster of his calibre.”

GB News will have more than 6,500 hours of content a year, made exclusively for the channel.

The network has been founded by media executives Andrew Cole and Mark Schneider.

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