GB News director of programming quits hours after host is suspended

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GB News' director of programming has quit amid an ongoing row over taking the knee.

The fledgling channel has been engulfed in a major storm after presenter Guto Harri took the knee live on air.

The move was intended to show solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in the UK.

However, many GB News viewers were outraged by the move.

Senior executive John McAndrew is reported to have walked from the channel after a 'clash with bosses' over their response.

The Guardian claim he decided to quit after coming under pressure to favour ‘culture war’ topics.

He was said to have been asked to "dial down" the focus on local reporting.

Earlier this week GB News issued a statement after Harri took the knee.

They claimed his actions 'breached editorial standards'.

In a statement GB News said: "GB News stands four square against racism in all its forms.

We do not have a company line on taking the knee.

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Some of our guests have been in favour, some against. All are anti-racist.

"We have editorial standards that all GB News journalists uphold.

"On Tuesday a contributing presenter took the knee live on air and this was an unacceptable breach of our standards.

"We let both sides of the argument down by oversimplifying a very complex issue."

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Chairman Andrew Neil is yet to comment on the fury surrounding the Channel.

The former BBC veteran is currently on level – just two weeks after the channel launch.

He is currently believed to be in the South of France.

It's not known when he will return to host his flagship show.

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