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In The Wake Of Guto Harris Knee Brawl Gb News Director Of Programming Resigns

Advertisement GB News’ director of programming has resigned after the channel’s host, Guto Harri, was suspended by employers for kneeling on live television, angering many of the new station’s fans.
Mr. Harri took a knee on Tuesday in support of black England football players who were subjected to racist insults following the team’s loss on penalties in the Euro 2020 final.
But, it offended other viewers, who claimed that anybody who takes a knee, including police officers, athletes, and TV hosts, risked being perceived as endorsing parts of the Black Lives Matter organization’s Left-wing ideals as well as opposing racism.
Mr. Harri’s gesture provoked a viewer boycott, with no people tuning in to multiple GB News programmes following the segment.
Once GB News management put out a tweet denouncing him for kneeling, he was suspended by the channel and replaced on air today.
Today, senior executive John McAndrew, who had stated that the channel will be a “home for everyone,” is said to have left from GB News following a disagreement with management about the channel’s future.
Mr McAndrew was said to be the channel’s second-in-command and was credited with persuading several of the more mainstream broadcasters to join GB News.
Other senior personnel may be forced to retire as a result of Mr Harri’s decision to take the knee.
Mr Harri and his co-host Mercy Muroki discussed the horrible insults Three Lions stars Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka had received online on their show, during which Mr Harri claimed he now “gets” why footballers take a knee before each game.
Mr Harri then went on television to take a knee, igniting a boycott and a public reprimand from his managers.
The broadcaster issued a statement saying it was “inappropriate” for any presenter to kneel, and Mr Harri was accused of violating the channel’s Editorial Code.
A GB News spokesman said he couldn’t say whether Mr Harri would be departing the network or whether any other important employees had resigned.
Mr Harri and the channel have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
‘It’s ludicrous to claim he’s breached editorial standards and very definitely libelous,’ said friends of Mr Harri to the Guardian.
In truth, it was’sacked for irritating the lynch crowd,’ not a breach of editorial policy.’ Chairman Andrew Neil has remained mute on the matter since announcing his departure barely two weeks after the channel began after a ‘rocky start.’
The former Sunday Times editor is believed to have taken a vacation to his permanent property in the south of France, but no official return date for his flagship show has been set.
Guto Harri and his GB News co-host Mercy Muroki spoke about the horrible abuse during Tuesday’s show, during which Mr Harri confessed he ‘gets’ why sportsmen take the knee live on TV in protest at racist abuse thrown at black England football heroes following the Three Lions’ Championships defeat to Italy. Mr Harri and his GB News co-host Mercy Muroki spoke about the vile abuse during Tuesday’s show, during which Mr Harri admitted he ‘
‘GB News stands foursquare against racism in all its manifestations,’ it wrote on its official Twitter account.
Guto Harri: Ex-BBC correspondent and Remainer punished for kneeling on GB News Guto Harri was born in Cardiff and studied Policy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford before pursuing a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University.
His studies led to an 18-year career with the BBC, where he began as a Welsh-language radio producer.
He soon became a fixture on various mainstream political broadcasts after hosting Welsh election programming for the broadcaster.
Before covering the Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and northern Iraq, Harri documented the fall of Communism in Romania, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany.
He became the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent in November 2002.
He turned down a job with David Cameron after leaving the BBC in 2007, instead joining a PR firm and acting as a four-week advisor to Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
During Boris Johnson’s tenure as Mayor of London, he was appointed Communications Director in May 2008.
He joined Rupert Murdoch’s News UK as Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs in May 2012, and was credited with helping to disband the company following the phone-hacking incident.
Harri has also worked with Liberty Global, the parent company of Virgin Media, Hanover Communications, GQ Magazine, and Hydro Industries Ltd.
He has been hosting the S4C current affairs series Y Byd yn ei Le since June 2018.
‘I’ll tell you where I am,’ Mr Harri said in an advertisement on Tuesday.
I’ve never understood why it would offend anybody.
I see what you’re saying, and I used to be one of those people who wondered, “Do we really have to do this at every football game?” Can’t we just enjoy whatever sport we’re watching instead?”
‘Yet, having witnessed how close to the surface, how deep-rooted, and how horrifically nasty racism is among some England fans over the past few days, I completely understand why this squad has to state, day in and day out, that racism is not on.
‘And I genuinely, with the benefit of hindsight, I may have overestimated how close to the surface racism still is, I actually get it,’ GB News said on Twitter.
We don’t have a company policy regarding kneeling.
Some of our visitors were in favor, while others were opposed.
All of them are anti-racist.
All GB News journalists adhere to a set of editorial standards.
‘On Tuesday, a contributing presenter kneeled live on air, which was an unacceptable breach of our standards,’ said the station.
‘By oversimplifying a really difficult matter, we let both sides down.’ Mr Harri defended his actions yesterday night, saying: ‘GB News is – above all – about free speech; having the debates others won’t.’
‘English sportsmen have made it plain that by kneeling, they are making a clear statement about rejecting racism (rather than adopting BLM’s narrow divisive goals).’
Mr Harri, 55, is a former BBC political correspondent who also served as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spin doctor when he was Mayor of London.
Mr Harri’s BBC reporting career took him to London, New York, and Rome, where he covered politics and business.
‘My @GBNEWS teammate @Guto_Harri is right to say and do what he sees fit,’ said Scottish presenter Neil Oliver of his colleague’s decision to take the knee.
I’m the same way.
It is the channel’s ethos.
The right to free expression
We don’t all agree – that’s the idea; otherwise, where would the argument be?
GB News was also chastised on Twitter, with comedian Danny Wallace jokingly writing: ‘Anti-racist gestures performed in solidarity with an mistreated English national football team are an unacceptable breach of GB News standards, got it.’ Another Twitter user wrote: ‘People will be astonished to discover you have standards,’ while a third person wrote:’someone taking a position against racism is an ‘unacceptable breach of GB News standards, got it.’
‘Doesn’t sound like a fun place to work.’ A fourth inquired, ‘How about free speech?’
Wasn’t that what you were all about?
It’s unclear whether Mr Harri broke GB News’ Editorial Code, which states that the channel defends “every individual’s right to express and communicate their views” and delivers “clarity to complicated and contentious matters.”
‘We will find out what is going on, present facts in a straightforward and honest manner, and guarantee that our coverage is well-sourced, facts are double-checked, and all data used is robust and accurate,’ the Charter adds.
‘If we make a mistake, we will own it and explain what happened.’
We shall provide our programs in a way that is respectful to individuals and leads to a more informed community and country.
We embrace freedom of expression, but not at the expense of causing unjustified offence or putting our audience in danger, especially when it comes to our most vulnerable viewers.
‘We don’t shy away from contentious topics.’
We will take a candid and honest look at the world, but we are sensitive to complicated themes and will respect privacy unless there is a compelling public interest that transcends this expectation.’ This comes amid claims that social media giants had turned over personal information of those accused of spreading racist statements online after England’s Euro 2020 final penalty shootout.
Last night, Harri defended his conduct on Twitter, writing: ‘GB News is – above all – about free speech’ Harry Kane and Declan Rice take a knee during the Three Lions’ Euros match against Austria last month. Twitter and Facebook have been ‘working very closely’ with investigating police officers, who say they are looking into dozens of racist messages after five people were arrested in the waffle incident.
According to the New York Times, if authorities request information, the tech giants will reveal the names, emails, and IP addresses of individuals who are suspected of sending discriminatory remarks.
In the aftermath of the Three Lions’ penalty shootout loss to Italy, the UK Football Police Unit issued an update on their investigation into abusive posts targeting Rashford, Sancho, and Saka.
Plasterer Brad Pretty, 49, from Folkestone, Kent; estate agent Andrew Bone, 37, from Sale, Cheshire; and children’s football coach Nick Scott, 50, from Powick, Worcestershire, have all been officially recognized.
A fourth suspect, a 37-year-old male from Greater Manchester’s Ashton-upon-Mersey, was arrested yesterday, according to officials, before a fifth, a 42-year-old guy from Runcorn, was seized by Cheshire police.
In the 24 hours leading up to and following the match, Twitter stated it had removed over 1,000 postings and suspended a number of accounts for breaking its rules.
Facebook and Instagram both stated they immediately removed hateful remarks off their platforms.
According to Crisp, an analytics firm that works with top-flight football clubs, England players received 12,500 hate comments on social media during Euro 2020, including emojis of bananas and monkeys.
The abuse was directed towards players via Twitter and Instagram, and included racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual orientation insults, as well as intense personal abuse and threats of damage, including to family members.
During the competition, the number of abusive accounts amounted to 3% of all users posting to the participants’ accounts.
According to the New York Times, Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, said that bugs in the company’s detection algorithms had allowed abusive posts to get through, but that they had now been resolved.
‘Sending racist emojis, or any type of hate speech, on Instagram is absolutely not OK,’ he said.
‘After England’s defeat against Italy on Sunday, a torrent of racist comments targeting at some of the team’s black players erupted on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter,’ according to a UKFPU statement.
‘The UKFPU is conducting a hate crime investigation, with a dedicated team of investigators sifting through a significant number of reports from around the country.’
‘Thus far, scores of data requests have been sent to social media companies, and four people have been arrested by local authorities.’

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