Exclusive: Three senior producers at GB News quit within days of each other last week, as the station's increasingly populist agenda polarises those within its newsroom

The former BBC anchor Simon McCoy is also believed to be considering his position thetimes.co.uk/article/split-…
Andrew Neil’s departure as GB News’s top presenter and chairman will also be confirmed within a matter of days as the channel’s top team are reconciled to his decision
Two camps are said to have emerged at the channel:

One side of the divide are those who consider themselves traditional news journalists

The other is a growing roster of populist commentators who are making the station’s agenda more like that of Fox News
Insiders have said that other more sensationalist voices are poised to join the station

They include Ann Widdecombe and Martin Daubney, both former Brexit Party politicians, and Mahyar Tousi, a Conservative social media commentator
“The idea that we aren’t Fox News is increasingly laughable,” a source said
GB News sources said that the channel had failed in an ambitious attempt to sign Piers Morgan. It is understood to have offered him a seven-figure deal, which would have been comparable to his Good Morning Britain contract
But GB News’s ratings continue to be a concern. Some shows register zero viewers and many others are in the low thousands

Only today, political commentator Tom Harwood launched his new show, The Briefing, with a chyron spelling his name as Tom Hardwood thetimes.co.uk/article/split-…

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