I won’t tread on eggshells now I’m on the GB News alarm clock: Veteran newsreader Alastair Stewart vows to ignore ‘no-go zones’ in new presentation job after 40 years at ITV
- The 69-year-old has vowed to deliver free speech and honest debate to GB News
- GB News aims to be an antidote to ‘awakened’ agendas leading other broadcasters
- The new right-wing organization is so despised by the left that the location is secret
Veteran newsreader Alastair Stewart has lambasted the ‘political correctness squad’ and vowed to ignore ‘no go zones’ in his new post as presenter after 40 years at ITV.
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday to mark his new role on the ‘anti-clock’ channel GB News, the 69-year-old pledged to deliver free speech and honest debate to his target audience of “ ordinary people ”.
Founded by former BBC presenter Andrew Neil, GB News aims to be the antidote to the ‘awake’ agendas that drive other broadcasters – and Stewart is definitely on board.
“Political correctness is not something to be adhered to,” he said. “It must be respected and pierced. I have a real political correctness thing. It makes political speech like walking on eggshells. You have a really good conversation with people, but it’s a public conversation, and people choose their words so it’s not sexist, it’s not misogynistic or this, that, or the other.
News industry heavyweights including Simon McCoy (left) and Alastair Stewart (right) will join the all-new channel
The GB News website features its newspaper and a short message stating only that “GB News is coming soon”
The legendary broadcaster added, “ As long as you respect everyone, you can speak openly and freely. This is what we are going to do at GB News. What the BBC and ITN choose to do is up to them. They will do whatever they want, but there will be no no-go zones for us.
The creation of GB News has sparked such outrage on the left that the network’s bosses are trying to keep the location of its headquarters a secret for as long as possible, fearing it might be targeted by militants.
“It will start with the eggs, and then who knows,” a channel source said. “A lot of people think of GB News as Fox News.”
The US news channel is frequently criticized for its controversial right-wing views. Stewart dismissed the claims as unfounded and pointed to the diversity of opinions and backgrounds among GB News presenters, which include former Labor MP Gloria De Piero, BBC broadcaster Simon McCoy and former Sky reporter Colin Brazier.
Stewart said he was “ thrilled ” to face “ Alastair And Friends ” on the startup channel. His new job comes 16 months after his shocking departure from ITV News after a distinguished career. He left after a social media argument in which he sent a quote from Shakespeare including the phrase ‘angry monkey’ to a black Twitter user.
Despite the TV industry’s relentless drive for diversity, Stewart insisted he never felt threatened by those who sought to remove anyone “white, male, pale and stale” from high-level jobs. .
He said: ‘As a white man I never felt unsafe, never at all. But I think women felt more vulnerable to the idea of being relieved when they reached a certain age, as audience research suggested they were more comfortable with an older man than a man. older woman.
Founded by former BBC presenter Andrew Neil (pictured), GB News aims to be the antidote to the ‘awakened’ agendas that drive other broadcasters
“I think it’s absolutely outrageous. I am an absolute and total meritocrat.
Despite social media criticism to the contrary, Stewart said GB News was ‘in the throes of diversity’. He said of the 19 presenters, nine were women, three of whom were black. “And there was no checkbox,” he added.
Stewart said he was “ emotional ” at the prospect of starting his new job, but still knew he would work again after he left ITV.
Meanwhile, Mercy Muroki, the Kenyan-born journalist who will team up with Colin Brazier for her first-ever broadcasting job, said mainstream news channels make people feel like they are being “mocked”.
She said: ‘People are saying other channels are awake. I’m not even convinced the world knows what that word means anymore. We want people to be able to say what they think and give some grace if they don’t say something the way they want to.