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Guto Harri joins new TV channel GB News

29 May 2021 2 minutes Read
Guto Harri. Pic: 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.

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.”

 

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Quornby
Quornby
18 days ago

Johnson has friends????

arthur owen
arthur owen
18 days ago
Reply to  Quornby

Guto Harri may believe that he is a friend of Johnson,but is likely to find out that the friendship exists exactly as long as his usefulness.

hdavies15
hdavies15
18 days ago
Reply to  arthur owen

Guto does not keep reptiles, he has Boris as a “friend” instead !

Last edited 18 days ago by hdavies15
GazzaCymru
GazzaCymru
18 days ago
Reply to  arthur owen

Oh I don’t know, his friendship with BJ helped secure a lucrative contract for Hydro Industries, with whom Guto is a director

hdavies15
hdavies15
18 days ago
Reply to  GazzaCymru

There’s a lot more to Hydro’s connections with UK government than Guto’s links to Boris. This runs very deeply into UK foreign aid and other aspects of policy.

Robert Williams
Robert Williams
18 days ago

For ‘Stunning line-up and lovely bunch of people’ read ‘Bunch of mendacious crypto-fascists’. Appalling if this glove-puppet for Johnson is kept on by S4C.

Royston Jones
18 days ago

“Crypto-fascists”, he says. ‘Everybody (who disagrees with me) is a fascist!’ Fascists! Fascists! Fascists! Fascists! Fascists! etc.

hdavies15
hdavies15
18 days ago
Reply to  Royston Jones

Hey ho Royston boyo, we’re ALL Fascists now ! Typical ironic nonsense from those people who want to supress any views which are remotely contrary to their own freaky orthodoxy. These clowns are the modern day inheritors of the Fascist mindset. Sad thing is that they don’t wear those nutty uniforms any more otherwise we could see them coming and get out of their way, and avoid the drivel they spout with alarming regularity.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
17 days ago

Guto and co. may be many things, but they’re not fascists, crypto or otherwise. That’s a meaningless hate-word that you’ve borrowed from some students. It’s the news content you should be targetting, which is, shall we say, selective in its critique of UK Government policy towards Wales, and largely treats the relationship between the two as if it’s, well, not hunky dory, exactly, but tolerable. I’ve yet to hear much from S4C, for instance, of Johnson’s new policy of forgetting that Wales has a devolved government. In fairness, though, Y Byd yn ei Le has dipped its toe in the… Read more »

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