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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Andrew Neil - A Nation Mourns

The Murdoch Times was first with the news, but not because of any rejoicing at the downfall of someone who fell out with Rupe, you understand: “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”. Yes, he really WAS going.

Worse for Brillo, it wasn’t going to happen “within a matter of days”. It was going to happen right there and then. Worse still, as the Guardian pointed out, “In the end Neil was outmanoeuvred by the former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who is now the channel’s best-known figure, along with a number of more stridently rightwing hires keen to address culture war issues”. From top dog to Mr Thirsty’s monkey in three months.

And, as the Guardian noted, things could get worse: “Many of the young behind-the-scenes staff who keep the channel on the air are believed to have become increasingly demoralised by its direction. Some joined due to Neil’s repeated promises that GB News would be a mainstream news channel with a right-leaning slant rather than a British version of Fox News. But it is continuing to lose staff as it leans into culture war topics, and several senior producers have quit in recent days”. So what now for GB News?

The Times notes that one ambition for the channel has failed: “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”. Yes, GB News is too tacky even for Piers Morgan.

So who will ride to the rescue? “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”. Ann Widdecombe. A figure of ridicule. Martin Daubney. A dishonest wacko.

And Mahyar Tousi. You hadn’t heard of him? Tousi was a pal of the disgraced Tory activist Mark Clarke of Tory bullying infamy (see HERE and HERE). He’s been trying to make a name for himself recently pushing suitably edited video content. Whether he’s still in league with Clarke, or Clarke’s disgraced former pal AndrĂ© Walker, is not known.

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What is more certain is that neither Tousi, nor Daubney, nor Ms Widdecombe, are going to light up the ratings for GB News this side of hell freezing over. As the Guardian has concluded, “the channel’s future may lie in the hands of its investors, who include Legatum, US media company Discovery, and Brexit-funding investment manager Sir Paul Marshall. One core issue is whether they are happy to subsidise the station’s losses for a lengthy period of time; another is whether they can find the staff willing to keep it on air”.

But, as the Times observes, “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”. Do Discovery and Legatum want to be associated with that level of rank amateurism? Viewers watching a channel just to laugh at it?

Brillo’s ego got the better of him. Now he’s out to Grasse. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

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David Walsh said...

A bit of abduction of the urine from fellow alt right site 'The Critic". With friends like these ?

Stephen said...

"Hardwood"lol. I am 62.

Anonymous said...

Gore Vidal once said, "The four sweetest words in the English language are 'I told you so'."

A supplement to that is: one of the sweetest sights in media is Neil's fat, greasy, cowardly, corrupt arse waddling off into the same seedy obscurity as MacFilth.

As for the Murdoch Slimes and the Grauniad, nobody with a sense of decency gives a fuck what they say. They're cut from the same rotting cloth.

J said...

Hahahaha, the fat bald guy with the shitty wig is out... and now Gammon Bastard News, the News of the National Front, is looking for more arseholes to talk bollocks.

Well, with the master arseholes arsehole Niggle Fartarse now lead arsehole the whole thing is looking a bit shit... and when I say "a bit shit" I mean shit being released into rivers due to Brexshit levels of shit.

I think however the funniest thing is that Brillo-pad has spaffed his unearned reputation up the wall... he will be forever known as the balding twat who set up a tv station and ran away. I just hope to god, or any other deity that the BBC nor any other real TV producer give him a job. Let him rot in obscurity in the south of france.

Arnold said...

An ideal gig for Katie Hopkins surely?

Anonymous said...

As for bullies, well this is where the similarities are mind bogglingly uncanny. Research has shown that the characteristics of bullies are that, "while some bullies are arrogant and narcissistic, they can also use bullying as a tool to conceal shame or anxiety or to boost self-esteem: by demeaning others, the abuser feels empowered". Also, "people who are prone to abusive behavior tend to have inflated but fragile egos. Because they think too highly of themselves, they are frequently offended by the criticisms and lack of deference of other people, and react to this disrespect with violence and insults". What does this description remind you of? Offended by everything, ashamed of nothing?

Mr Larrington said...

Ah, Martin Daubney. Former editor of Loaded. Peak circulation in mid-1998: almost 460,000. Circulation by 2010, after seven and a half years of Daubney's stewardship: less than 55,000. It is to be hoped that his presence will have a similar effect on Gammon Broadcasting's viewing figures. And when England played Romania before this summer’s foopballfest he lauded two “England” players for not taking a knee before the kickoff, except that he’d failed to notice that England were playing in blue that night.

Oh, and Wikinaccurate says he’s Deputy Leader of the Reclaim Party, headed by everyone's favourite multipurpose halfwit Laurence Fox.

Anonymous said...

There are more and more YouTube channels that seem to have had an increase in views over the past eighteen months.
The majority are opinions of armchair critics who lift stories from the MSM that they claim to despise, but counter this by giving their own, often ill informed opinions on those "stories".
These YouTube channels can easily put out several videos a day.
It is worth further investigation, but to refute these opinions takes time, which not everyone has.

Anonymous said...

"I just hope to god, or any other deity that the BBC nor any other real TV producer give him a job."

Too late - he's booked for Question Time this Thursday.

Anonymous said...

He was always soiled goods.

Now he's laughable soiled goods.

He'll end up a bitter and twisted old man, muttering to himself then shouting at passing pigeons and airplanes. The price he'll pay for the life he chose.

A horrible, malevolent, corrupt individual with the morals of a hungry pig.

iMatt said...

If GBN was ever the answer, God alone knows what the question was. Esp. if the answer increasingly relies on the far-right dregs of Farage, Widdicombe and Daubney!

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Have I missed an essential point?

The Discovery Channel now owns another slot on the dial.

Anonymous said...

Man didicombe on the box ….. Katie Hopkins naked attraction, Martin daubneys hitler hour ….Under the desk with Darren grimes, ital cooking with calvin jam jar Robinson and not forgetting frog face cunt …. Fer fuck sake it just gets better n better … non stop bollox

Beagle said...

Top tips:

Disgraced struck-off nurse Kate Shemirani
Humourless IEA tightass Mark Littlewood
Erstwhile star LBC presenter Katie 'Horsey' Hopkins

Anonymous said...

It'll own several if it buys Channel 4.

Flatlander said...

The only reason Morgan chose not to join is due to the potential audience size. This is a man who genuinely thinks he's more popular than Ant and Dec, and can't understand why anything he appears on doesn't attracts viewing figures that you'd either normally see for an England World Cup Final, a Royal funeral, or Morecambe and Wise at Christmas 1977.

It's ego, not principles.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm....Let me see....Leaves the Gammon propaganda at the weekend.....Gets a gig at Beeb Gammons the following Thursday.....Hmmmmmm......

Anonymous said...

Discovery Channel is owned by US corporation Discovery Inc.

So if they do buy Channel 4 you know what to expect.

You have been warned.

Nicko said...

So it turns out Piers Organ didn't swallow GBnews' mouldy bait because he was fondling the ponderous wallet of the aussie Fox himself, flattered into 'starring' on talkTV, the torpedo that will send GBnews to the ocean floor.