Welsh broadcaster Guto Harri blasts GB News as an ‘absurd parody’
Guto Harri has blasted GB News as an ‘absurd parody’ that is pandering to the far right.
The Welsh broadcaster was speaking out after his recent dismissal from the ‘anti woke’ channel for having taken the knee while presenting a live show.
He describes how he faced a ‘tsunami of disappointment, resentment and hate’ after his on-air gesture had offended the ‘lynch mob’.
In a Sunday Times column, he says: “I joined, part-time but with an ongoing commitment because I liked and trusted those in charge and supported the broad vision.
“But the channel is rapidly becoming an absurd parody of what it proclaimed to be. Rather than defending free speech and confronting cancel culture, it has set out to replicate it on the far right.”
He said he was inspired to take the knee after seeing racist abuse being aimed at England’s black players following the team’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final.
“When I saw Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and the fine young men around them drop a knee ahead of their Euro matches, it reminded me more of my Catholic upbringing — a symbol of humility, a recognition of a bigger picture, shared values and core principles,’ he said.
He says that his taking the knee was not unplanned and that, ‘immediately before going on air, I mentioned that I was considering making the gesture. “If you do it, do it to camera three,” I was told.’
He also rejects claims that his actions had caused the ratings to plummet, saying that the ‘figures actually dropped pretty swiftly after launch and kept slipping.’
Nation.Cymru revealed how viewing figures have continued to slump since the channel’s June launch with many GB News shows attracting smaller viewerships than episodes of S4C’s Welsh language Paw Patrol.
GB News has recently enlisted Nigel Farage to try and turn around the fortunes of the struggling channel.
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