Veteran journalist Alastair Stewart joins GB News more than a year after he was forced out of role at ITV News over ‘angry ape’ race row
Veteran newsreader Alastair Stewart has joined new channel GB News – over a year after he was forced out of ITN for quoting Shakespeare at a black Twitter user.
The ITV star had previously presented the news for some 45 years before the row exploded at the start of last year.
Stewart, 68, was hauled over the coals by bosses after viewer Martin Shapland, 34, complained about his tweet quoting a Shakespeare passage that contained the phrase ‘angry ape’.
At the time Andrew Neil, who is now chairman of GB News, publicly backed him and said ‘ITN suits had forced him out’.
Stewart appeared to make a veiled reference to the trouble in the statement welcoming him to the new channel.
He said: ‘GB News is a unique opportunity to broaden the spectrum, challenge the groupthink and move away a predictable agenda in news and debate.
‘I can’t wait to get stuck in and tackle issues that really matter to people across the United Kingdom.’