Guto Harri joins new TV channel GB News
A friend of Boris Johnson – Welsh journalist Guto Harri – is joining new TV channel GB News.
Guto will co-host a weekly news and discussion programme after the channel launches on June 13.
He was communications chief to Boris Johnson as mayor of London and played a key role in building the future prime minister’s brand in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics.
A Welsh speaker, he presents the current affairs programme Y Byd Yn Ei Le on S4C, a role he will continue.
He said: “Very excited to be joining this stunning line up and lovely bunch of people to bring new energy, insight and perspective to TV news in the UK.”
After graduating from Oxford, Guto trained as a journalist and spent 18 years with the BBC where his positions included chief political correspondent, Rome correspondent and North America business correspondent.
Very excited about this https://t.co/a0qCFN5SG2
— Guto Harri (@Guto_Harri) May 28, 2021
He has written for most UK newspapers including The Times, Telegraph and GQ magazine where is is contributing chief political editor.
He is also a regular commentator on programmes on BBC radio, LBC, Sky, CNN and Newsnight.
During his career he reported from Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War and covered the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.
He has interviewed Bill Gates, Richard Branson and the Google founders.
Guto is a consultant to the public relations firm Hawthorn Advisors and has held senior executive and communications roles with News UK and Liberty Global.
He serves as a volunteer crew member for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on the Thames and, more recently, as a volunteer Covid-19 vaccinator.
He is a non-executive director of the Hay-on-Wye book festival and of cleantech company, Hydro Industries.
He said: “GB News is pioneering a new way in television news and debate with an energy and feistiness that really appeals to me.
“Most importantly, the channel is determined to reflect as well as respect the range of views of its audience across the UK.”