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April 10, 2023updated 10 May 2023 5:19pm

Who are GB News’ presenters? Everything you need to know

By Silvia Pellegrino

With the concept being initially created in 2019 by Andrew Cole and Mark Schneider, owners of All Perspectives Ltd, GB News itself as we know it today did not come to fruition for two more years. The conservative-leaning TV channel was first launched in 2021, with a rough start because of technical troubles and financial difficulties, accompanied by the early departure of flagship presenter Andrew Neil.

Today, however, its growth is impressive, with it registering ratings above TalkTV and also challenged head-on Sky News.

GB News has boosted staff numbers, poached Sunday Express editor Mick Booker to be its new editorial director, revamped much of the programming and launched a DAB radio simulcast. GB News has a wide variety of presenters, many of whom are known industry names But who are they, exactly?

Why did Andrew Neil leave GB News?

Andrew Neil, the original flagship presenter and chairman of GB News at its launch, stepped down after disagreements about the direction in which the channel was heading.

The initial objective of GB News, as Neil explained, was not to “slavishly follow the existing news agenda”, giving power and voice to reflect stories “that matter to you and those that have been neglected”.

As a guest on BBC’s Question Time after his departure, Neil said: “More and more differences emerged between myself and the other senior managers and the board of GB News.

“The differences were such that the direction they were going in was not the direction that I had outlined, it was not the direction I had envisaged for the channel.”

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Since Neil left, Nigel Farage has become the flagship evening presenter.

Why did Simon McCoy leave GB News?

A newsreader and journalist who previously worked at Sky News and BBC News, Simon McCoy was a senior figure in the initial GB News presenting roster.

After joining GB News, he hosted the breakfast show, then called The Great British Breakfast, alongside Kirsty Gallacher.

McCoy decided to leave GB News in December for “personal reasons”. He has not since elaborated on his statement, but the channel’s chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos praised the former presenter as an “outstanding broadcaster”,  adding that he would remain open to ways to work with McCoy again in the future.

Why did Mark Steyn leave GB News?

Mark Steyn started hosting his own show on GB News in November 2021, originally airing every Friday. Prior to that, however, he was first introduced to the channel on the Nigel Farage show. 

However, when GB News made him liable to pay some Ofcom fines on his own after two separate breaches occurred during his broadcasts, the presenter decided to leave the channel in February 2023.

Both of the Ofcom investigations relate to comments made in regard to the Covid-19 vaccines. During an episode of Steyn’s show on GB News in October 2022, journalist Dr Naomi Wolf disputed the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines. Furthermore, Ofcom was already investigating Steyn for a possible breach of standards since he claimed on air that individuals who received a booster vaccine during the pandemic were three times more likely to die than those who only had two doses.

Who are the GB News presenters?

The GB News schedule starts at 6am and ends at midnight daily. The channel uses personality-led formats, making the views of its hosts a major part of its output.

These are the regular presenters on the channel as of April 2023.

Christopher Hope

The latest addition to the GB News family is Christopher Hope, also nicknamed Chopper, who will be joining as political editor. 

His experience in political journalism started in 2006, when he joined The Daily Telegraph as a member of the lobby team. In 2008, Hope worked his way through the company’s ranks to become  Whitehall editor, and shortly after chief political reporter.

The renowned journalist, however, started as a business journalist, working for publications like Business AM in Scotland in 2001. 

Hope has anchored Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster and was a part of the investigative team that exposed the parliamentary expenses scandal.
The journalist’s latest role was in podcasting, hosting a weekly show called Chopper’s Politics for The Telegraph, in which he has conducted interviews with the majority of Cabinet ministers as well as every Prime Minister and party leader since 2017.

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes is a Northern Irish broadcaster and journalist. He currently hosts Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel on GB News alongside Isabel Webster.

After studying journalism at the Dublin College of Business Studies, he joined Ulster Television in 1979 as a host and reported for the station’s Farming Ulster programme.

Holmes held a number of roles at Ulster Television, winning a Hometown Radio Award in the process.

In 1986, he joined the BBC, later working for Sky News from 2005 and ITV from 2014. In 2021, Holmes joined GB News, though he took an absence in 2022 due to health concerns.

Isabel Webster

Isabel Webster worked at Sky News until 2021, when she joined GB News to co-host its weekly news review show. She now presents Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel alongside Eamonn Holmes.

Webster grew up in Surrey, studying Politics and Theology at the University of Bristol before earning a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City, University of London.

Webster’s career spans both radio and TV and she previously worked for BBC News before joining Sky News in 2011. In early 2014, she replaced Charlotte Hawkins on its Sunrise breakfast show.

Nigel Farage

The former Brexit Party and UKIP leader’s career in broadcasting started by contributing to the US TV network Fox News.

From 2017 to 2020, Farage hosted The Nigel Farage Show on LBC Radio, where he interviewed then-US President Donald Trump who he has since had on GB News.

After leaving LBC, Nigel Farage joined GB News initially to host a programme called The Political Correction, which airs on Sunday mornings. Now he has a Monday to Thursday evening show, simply called Farage, which is one of the biggest on the channel.

Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster is a Northern Irish broadcaster and the former First Minister of Northern Ireland. She made her first media appearance on TV when she was only 16, after her school bus was bombed by the Provisional IRA.

Since leaving politics in 2021 she has embarked on a media career, including as a presenter on GB News. She has her own show, The Briefing with Arlene Foster, which airs on Fridays at 2pm.

Dan Wootton

Dan Wootton is a journalist and broadcaster from New Zealand, now based in the UK.

He was an executive editor of The Sun newspaper in charge of the Bizarre showbiz column, during which time he had to deal with Johnny Depp suing the paper for libel which the publisher won in 2020.

In 2021, Wootton left The Sun and became a columnist for MailOnline, as well as hosting Dan Wootton Tonight four days a week on GB News at 9pm.

Philip Davies and Ester McVey

Philip Davies is a British Conservative Party politician and MP for Shipley, West Yorkshire.

Davies is known for comments against political correctness and has spoken openly about men’s issues in parliament.

He is the husband of Esther McVey, with whom he co-hosts Saturday Morning with Esther and Philip on GB News. The show runs every Saturday morning from 10am until noon.

McVey is also a Conservative MP, having served Wirral West from 2010-2015 and Tatton since 2017. During that time she also held ministerial posts for Housing and Planning, Work and Pensions and Employment.

McVey was educated at the private Belvedere School, before reading law at Queen Mary University of London. She holds Master’s degree in radio journalism from City, University of London and Science in Corporate Governance from Liverpool John Moores University.

She was a co-presenter of the BBC Children’s show But First This in 1991, as well as BBC1’s science entertainment series How Do They Do That?

She later set up her own business providing training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and office space for new startups. This motivated her to found Winning Women, which she sold before starting her political career.

Nana Akua

Nana Akua is one of the weekend hosts of GB News with a self-titled show focusing on debates and news stories.

Akua’s career in radio started at Kiss 100 despite originally wanting to be a trader to follow in her father’s footsteps.

After Kiss 100, she went on to work at Capital Radio, where she set up Capital Interactive. She then pursued her dream of being a presenter and after negotiating a position as a trainee DJ at The Capital Radio Cafe, she moved on to having her own Drivetime Show on Fusion 107.3.

After working for Sky Vegas, she had various jobs at the BBC, presenting national, regional and local radio. She now is a host of her own show Nana Akua on GB News on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4pm to 6pm.

Gloria De Piero

Gloria De Piero hosts Gloria Meets on GB News, running on Sundays from 6pm until 7pm. She moved to the fledgling channel from presenting duties on Talkradio and Times Radio.

De Piero grew up in Bradford and was the first in her family to go to university. She has said: “I became active in politics as a teenager because I wanted to change things for people from backgrounds like mine.”

After a stint working for the BBC and as political editor for GMTV, she was elected as Labour MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire in 2010. In 2019, she decided not to stand for election again and instead returned to broadcasting.

Michelle Dewberry

Michelle Dewberry has her own GB News show, Dewbs & Co, which runs Monday to Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

Dewberry had a difficult childhood that meant she left school at 16 but then took a YTS Apprenticeship with St John Ambulance, which she has said put her on the right path, initially to a career in computing.

She has said that the biggest push and motivation in her life is her sister, whom she lost when she was young.

She entered BBC’s The Apprentice in 2006 and won before becoming more engaged in politics in 2010. She ran for election in Hull as an independent in 2017, and again for the Brexit Party in 2019.

Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond joined the GB News team in 2022 to host Breakfast with Stephen and Anne, the weekend breakfast show with Stephen Dixon. She is also a regular newspaper reviewer for Sky News.

Diamond began her television career with BBC West in Bristol, before moving to ATV Today as a reporter and newsreader in 1979, later rejoining the BBC to become a reporter on the nightly programme Nationwide.

During the 1990s, she presented the breakfast show on LBC, alongside Sir Nicholas Lloyd and Tommy Boyd, but left in 1999.

In 2016, Diamond joined ITV’s Loose Women with Denise Welch, but left in 2018 when she appeared in Channel 5’s Costa Del Celebrity.

Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon joined GB News at the end of 2021, and now co-hosts Breakfast with Stephen and Anne on weekends from 6am to 9:30am.

Dixon has worked for 5 News, Big Breakfast News and eventually Sky News, where he stayed for more than 20 years.

Mark Dolan

Mark Dolan joined GB News in 2021, hosting Mark Dolan Tonight on the channel on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8pm to 11pm.

Born in Camden, Mark Dolan comes from an Irish family. He grew up in the Sir Robert Peet public house and then went on to attend University College School and the University of Edinburgh, where he achieved a Master’s in politics.

With a career in stand-up comedy, Mark Dolan has hosted various successful radio shows throughout the years, with many recognising him as the host of Channel 4’s Balls Of Steel from 2005 to 2008.

He also has experience with radio, having worked for stations like Viva Radio and Talkradio.

Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle is a playwright, journalist and political satirist from Northern Ireland. He joined GB News in 2021, hosting Free Speech Nation every Sunday from 7pm to 9 pm and now also hosting Headliners every day at 11pm.

Doyle completed his undergraduate degree at Aberystwyth before completing a Master’s at the University of York. He also holds a doctorate in early Renaissance poetry from the University of Oxford.

He started his career as a stand-up comedian, still running a comedy night in London called Comedy Unleashed. He has appeared on Sky News as a commentator and as a panel member on BBC Radio 4’s show The Moral Maze.

Tom Harwood

Tom Harwood grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Durham University before moving to London in 2018 to start his journalism career.

He is the political correspondent for GB News, hosting The Briefing With Tom Harwood daily from 9.30am to 10 am. He has also worked for the political news website Guido Fawkes and written for The Daily Telegraph.

Before entering journalism, Harwood was involved in the student wing of Vote Leave.

Patrick Christys

Patrick Christys is originally from Cheshire. He entered the journalism world as a local reporter in Cumbria at the Westmorland Gazette.

When he moved to London, he started as an overnight editor at and at the time of Brexit. He also got first-hand experience by reporting in Iraq and Syria, as well as producing a documentary covering the migrant route through Morocco and Spain.

With a past in investigative journalism, he switched to radio. He won the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 Award, while working with Kelvin MacKenzie.

He joined GB News in 2021, and hosts his show Patrick Christys at 3pm every weekday. 

Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver is a British television presenter, archaeologist, historian and author. He hosts the current affairs show Neil Oliver Live on GB News, which airs on Saturday nights from 6pm to 7pm.

He was born in Renfrew and graduated from the University of Glasgow, then attained a MA in archaeology. Oliver then worked in the field before training as a journalist.

Oliver directed documentaries and first appeared on television in the 2002 BBC Two series Two Men in a Trench. He stayed with the BBC until 2018 and in April 2021 was announced as a presenter for GB News.

Bev Turner

Beverley Turner is a small business owner, journalist and host for television and radio. She has been hosting her own Monday-to-Thursday show on GB News, called Bev Turner Today, since November 2022. 

The broadcaster worked for many UK media outlets including hosting ITV‘s coverage of the Formula One in 2001, before transitioning to the tourism and entertainment industries in 2002.

Turner’s time at LBC came to a tumultuous end when the then-host highlighted the gender and racial imbalance at the broadcaster upon leaving, but LBC responded that her contract had not been renewed.

Turner also encountered controversy on two separate occasions for her views on COVID-19, getting barred from appearing on This Morning after advising viewers to reject the vaccine as well as comparing Austria’s lockdown restrictions to Apartheid on the Jeremy Vine show.

Mark Longhurst

Since September 2022, veteran journalist Mark Longhurst has presented at GB News on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12pm.

Mark Longhurst covered events including the 1991 Gulf War for TV-am and the 1992 general election for ITN before joining Sky News, where he has worked for 20 years, first in 1996 as a business correspondent before becoming a senior presenter. The journalist anchored Sunrise and Sky News at Ten until 2016.

Only two months after a public argument with Owen Jones about the Orlando LGBT nightclub tragedy, Longhurst left Sky News. Discussing whether the atrocity should be labelled as a homophobic or solely religiously motivated attack, Jones disagreed with Longhurst and co-panelist Julia Hartley-Brewer and walked off the show. Sky News stated however that the presenter’s resignation had nothing to do with this event.

Between 2017 and 2022, Longhurst worked as a media consultant for the fintech company G60 Technologies.

Laurence Fox

Actor Laurence Fox is now hosting his own show every weekday on GB News. Fox is well-known for playing DS James Hathaway in the television drama Lewis from 2006 until 2015, but his public presence has become more political in recent years.

During the pandemic, Fox frequently criticised the British Government’s response, urging people to disregard social conventions and refrain from donning masks. In an interview on Good Morning Britain, the activist asserted that “if the NHS can’t cope, then the NHS isn’t fit for purpose.”

Fox has also had ambitions for public office with the Reclaim Party when he ran against “extreme political correctness” in the 2021 London mayoral election and received 1.9% of votes. 

Andrew Pierce

Andrew Pierce has worked as a writer and consultant editor for the Daily Mail since 2009. He has also worked as a presenter on GB News since 2022, where he airs his own programme every Friday at 12pm.

The journalist has experience working as an assistant editor for publications including the Daily Telegraph and the Times. Additionally, from 2008 to 2012, he worked for LBC as the host of a political radio show on Sunday mornings.

The Daily Mail was ordered to make reparations to Kirsten Farage in 2014 after Pierce inadvertently stated in a column that she had been Nigel Farage’s mistress while he was still married to his first wife, damaging the journalist’s image.

Micheal Portillo

Michael Portillo hosts his Sunday show Portillo on GB News at 11am. 

After graduating from Peterhouse College at the University of Cambridge, Michael Portillo worked as a graduate trainee for a transportation business before starting his job with the Conservative Research Department in 1976.

“I have been lucky to have two distinct careers,” Portillo says. The first was in politics, where he served as an MP between 1984 and 1997 with ministerial roles under Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He made a brief return to parliament between 1999 and 2005 as MP for Kensington and Chelsea.

He has also had a broadcasting career since 1998 including Portillo’s Progress with Channel 4 early on. Since then, Portillo has produced television shows including Great Continental Railway Journeys (2012) and Portillo’s State Secrets on BBC Two (2015).

Camilla Tominey

Also covering the role of associate editor for The Daily Telegraph, Camilla Tominey is a writer and broadcaster best recognised for her coverage of politics and the British Royal Family.

She attended the University of Leeds to study law before beginning her job as a trainee at the Hemel Hempstead Gazette. After just three years, the journalist was hired as a royal correspondent for the Sunday Express.

Tominey began working for NBC News in 2010 as a royal expert. She co-hosted the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and broke the story of Prince Harry’s relationship with actress Meghan Markle in 2016. 

She began hosting a Sunday afternoon programme on LBC Radio in 2021, but she left the station in 2022 to work as a political presenter for GB News, where she now hosts The Camilla Tominey Show every Sunday from 9.30 to 11am.

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Born and raised in Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg studied History at Trinity College in Oxford. 

During his years in finance, until 2007, Rees-Mogg got close to the political field and he was elected as the MP for North East Somerset in 2010. Growing in popularity, and gaining even more votes in 2015 and 2017, Rees-Mogg was even in the running for Theresa May’s possible successor as Leader of the Conservative Party. However, he endorsed Boris Johnson in 2019. 

Johnson even appointed Rees-Mogg as Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency and he was later chosen as business secretary for Liz Truss. Today, he is still an MP for North East Somerset, alongside being a GB News presenter.

Every night, from Monday to Thursday, Rees-Mogg hosts his own show, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s State of the Nation, on GB News at 8pm. GB News editorial director Mick Booker said that Rees-Mogg is “an authentic and authoritative voice of the Tory backbenches with his trademark common sense, refreshing directness, and an impish sense of fun”.

Lee Anderson

Conservative MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire since 2019, Lee Anderson did not have a traditional politician upbringing. 

Anderson grew up in Ashfield and comes from a family of coal miners. His father took him to work in the mines after leaving school, and he kept working there for the following decade. For another ten years, Anderson worked at his local Citizens Advice Bureau and then in hostels to support the homeless. 

This motivated him to go into politics, and he became a Labour councillor in 2015. However, only three years later, Anderson was suspended from his role after the Party gave him a community protection warning for using boulders to prevent the Traveller community from settling down in the area.

In the same year, Anderson defected to the Conservative Party, becoming a councillor of Mansfield District Council. In 2019, he was then elected as an MP for Ashfield.

He is also the latest MP announced to host a show on GB News, but no details have yet been made public.

Emily Carver

North-London journalist Emily Carver graduated from the University of Bristol, where she read French and German, and pursued a master’s of science in European Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016.

Carver went from being a parliamentary researcher and policy adviser at the House of Commons between 2017 and 2019 to being a journalist, with bylines in publications like The Telegraph and The Independent, as well as being a regular columnist for Conservative Home since 2021. The journalist also developed an interest in broadcast, which led her to GB News. Between 2021 and 2022, she appeared as a panellist on BBC Question Time, Politics Live and LBC Cross Question.

Today, she hosts The Saturday Five every Saturday at 8pm, alongside Darren Grimes, Benjamin Butterworth and Albie Amankona.

Olivia Utley

Olivia Utley is an English Literature graduate from the University of York, which she left in 2015. As she describes, “I was a late political bloomer: throughout secondary school and university I couldn’t have cared less what was going on in Parliament”. However, that changed in 2015, when she got her first job as a parliamentary assistant to an MP and started freelancing on the side.

Recurring bylines include The Sun and The Telegraph, where Utley worked as a commissioning editor from 2021 to 2022. In those years, she also had regular appearances on BBC Question Time and Radio 4’s Any Questions, which made Utley get even closer to broadcast journalism.

In October 2022, Utley left The Telegraph to join GB News, where she is a political reporter.

Calvin Robinson

Calvin Robinson was born and bred in the East Midlands and achieved a bachelor of science from the University of Westminster in Computer games Design and Programming. Later, in 2022, he completed a postgraduate course in theology at the University of Oxford.

In the meantime, starting in 2017, Robinson started his journalistic career as a freelance writer for the Daily Mail, joining The Telegraph in 2020 too. Because of his degree in theology, he became a deacon at Christ Church Harlesden, and today he still tries “to put Christian values at the forefront of everything [he] does, including [his] media work”.

After being a guest on countless television appearances, Robinson transitioned to the presenter’s chair when he joined GB News in 2021. Today, he has his own Saturday show at 7pm, called Calvin’s Common Sense Crusade.

Darren Grimes

After graduating from the University of Brighton with a bachelor of arts in fashion and business studies in 2016, Darren Grimes started his journalism experience by covering the role of deputy editor at BrexitCentral. However, growing up, he had no intention of going into political reporting. “I never imagined I would be interested in politics,” he said, “I certainly never imagined I would go from a council estate to introducing the Prime Minister as he launches the referendum campaign in the North East.”

After working as a digital manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London in 2018, Grimes joined GB News as a presenter. He joins Emily Carver on Saturday during The Saturday Five.

Simon Evans

Headliners, a daily 11pm show, is hosted by Andrew Doyle and Simon Evans, alongside reporter Leo Kearse.

Evans, before joining GB News, was a comedian. Indeed, after leaving Southampton University with a law degree in 1986, he switched career paths. He was known as “the comedian with no eyes” and was known for shows like BBC Radio 4 series Simon Evans Goes to Market, as well as having his own appearances at events like Live at the Apollo in 2013.

After a series of comedy appearances, Evans started taking a more serious turn, contributing to Andrew Neil’s This Week and Radio Five’s Afternoon Edition. After appearing on BBC1 Question Time in 2019, he joined GB News in 2021.

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