Brillo’s divorce from GB News has prompted the inevitable mockery from the Twitterati, although Jeremy Vine’s spiteful intervention seemingly came out of nowhere. In a now-deleted tweet, the BBC’s Vine posted:
Brazier eventually suggested the cause of this apparently unprovoked attack:
BACKGROUND: On Monday I pointed out that Jeremy Vine is paid twice more than our PM - wages we are legally forced to pay via the BBC license fee.— Colin Brazier (@colinbrazierGBN) September 23, 2021
I think publicly-funded broadcasters need to be careful how they express personal opinions.
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It turns out Vine doesn’t like people pointing out he gets £324,000 a year from the public purse…
This isn’t the first time Brazier and Vine have collided: when Prince Philip died back in April, Vine took the opportunity to lament the lack of diversity on display at his funeral – to which Brazier tweeted “whatever the question, racism’s the answer.”
Brazier had the final word when he signed off last night’s show, introducing viewers to the latest member of his household…
Guido can reveal GB News’ newest high-profile signing to be Sky News presenter Colin Brazier. An email just sent to Sky employees from John Ryley confirms the move, saying:
“I will remember Colin for his distinct, eye-witness reporting on the ground from Afghanistan in 2001 on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, from the dangerous deserts of Iraq during the Second Gulf War in 2003, the nasty 2006 Israel – Lebanon war, and the award winning work of the migration crisis of 2016 – all told with his characteristic curiosity.
“Since 1997 – day in, day out – Colin has had a big role in building Sky News into a trusted international news organisation and I thank him very much for his significant contribution.
The more big-name professional signings GB News announce, the less the ‘UK Fox News’ attack sound credible.
UPDATE: Brazier tells Guido he is “massively chuffed to be joining GB News. They’re assembling some of the most trusted names in British journalism. Big evolutionary step for rolling news in Britain.”
Did it leave a mark?