Mark Dolan takes Andrew Neil feud to air waves in vicious rant
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Mark Dolan mocked the highly respected journalist for leaving GB News after only nine shows and speaking out against the TV station. Mr Dolan said: “It’s been really difficult without Andrew, I’m not going to lie. Yes, our daytime and evening ratings have grown significantly, and we’ve had over a billion views online, but we really miss having someone so positive, and so constructive around. Someone that really backs the team, that he was part of creating.
“Those talented young journalists and presenters, were looking forward to having you as a mentor Andrew, but you taught them, a different lesson.
“Andrew is none too happy with some of our output and he called ME a shock jock. I was shocked, I thought he was the Jock. Look, Andrew Neil has a HUGE future.
“He may even go back, to the license-fee funded BBC, which would be confusing, because he started GB News to be anti-woke, but Andrew knows best. If he does go back to the Beeb, or that Spectator TV show he does in his bedroom, I just hope he’s able to get through more than nine shows. But if he doesn’t, who could blame him? The guy’s only human.
“So please set aside your own selfish concerns, as we navigate our way out of a pandemic and the biggest recession in 300 years, and spare a thought for the former chairman of GB News and presenter for nine days he won’t get back, Andrew Neil. Andrew – we feel your pain.”
His rant received a mixed response from GB News viewers.
Alan Henning wrote on Twitter: “Nice job Mark Dolan. Nailed it!”
While Matt Gunner added: “Oh dear, clearly Mark Dolan’s feelings got hurt when Neil took a swipe at him. Neil walked out ages ago but Dolan’s been sitting on it stewing.”
John Myles noted: “It’s a shame that Andrew Neil left GB News under a cloud of animosity. I’m not sure if it was because of all the technical problems or personality problems or both. But GB News is giving new young presenters a platform and has weathered those storm clouds.”
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Mr Neil said it was a “huge mistake” for him to become the face of GB News, and branded the channel as a “Ukip tribute band”.
The former BBC presenter said the channel was still haunted by the “shambles” of its launch and ran the risk of “falling into irrelevance and obscurity”.
Speaking at Freeview’s Outside the Box event, he discussed his short time at the channel with interviewer Beth Rigby.
Referring to his brief stint with GB News, he said: “The big mistake I made, and it was a huge mistake, and it did cause pain and aggravation, was that I put my name and face on the tin and yet quickly discovered that I really had no say in what was going into that tin.”
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Neil said he was in “no rush” to return to television but that he did not want GB News to be “the full stop in my broadcast career”.
He said his two main issues with GB News were its production values and ideological stance.
“My fundamental mistake was to get into bed with people who I thought shared my vision, but didn’t actually,” he said.
“What made it very stressful and very difficult was that in the public domain, understandably and quite rightly, it was Andrew Neil’s GB News, it was Andrew Neil’s channel, that was the brand of it.
“And yet it was doing things … that were not me.”
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