Yet more GB News reshuffle news as they appoint Nick Pollard as their new director of editorial, to fill the gap left by John McAndrew who left over disagreements over the editorial direction of the channel. Pollard is a temporary replacement coming in to “take a leadership role in the channel’s output” while they look to fill the position on a permanent basis.
“Nick was Head of Sky News for ten years and before that, a highly experienced television journalist and executive producer for ITN’s News at Ten.
He has also chaired the Ofcom content board and previously led an inquiry into the BBC’s coverage of allegations of sexual abuse by the late broadcaster Jimmy Savile.
In his new role Nick will be working closely with programme teams to continue the development and improvement of our output in the absence of Director of News and Programmes John McAndrew who is leaving the company.
Nick comes with the finest journalistic pedigree and has exceptional insight across our industry, from the newsroom to the regulator.
Since joining us in March Nick has been a highly valued advisor to journalists and executives at GB News and I’m really delighted he has agreed to take up this mantle.”
Pollard also was involved in the launch of Forces TV, the dedicated channel for the armed forces. McAndrew – who had been considered the second-in-command – left after being told to dial down focus on local reporting and free debate “in favour of full-blooded culture war topics”, according to the not always reliable, Guardian…
As virtue-signalling social media warriors threaten to boycott GB News, Matthew Stadlen, presenter at the How To Academy, took to Twitter to diss the channel. In a tweet that now has 1,000 likes, Stadlen sarcastically asks:
“Is GB News a spoof station?”
Is GB News a spoof station?— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) June 16, 2021
John McAndrew, Director of News and Programmes at GB News was quick to interject and point out that Matthew had actually applied for a presenting role at the channel “on several occasions”. Guido wonders if Stadlen’s scolding criticism have anything to do with his rejection...
No it's a start up Matt - with all the difficulties entailed. But I appreciate you sending your CV and applying for a presenting role on several occasions.— John McAndrew (@johnlucius) June 17, 2021
Stadlen lamely defended himself saying he was relieved his application had been ignored so he didn’t have to be “part of the embarrassment.” However, it was all too little too late as the damage had been done…
It’s an embarrassment, John. I’m really glad you didn’t have the courtesy to reply to my CV. Had you done so, you might have offered me a job and then I might have been part of the embarrassment.— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) June 17, 2021
Stadlen, frustrated that his response wasn’t getting enough attention decided to quote tweet McAndrew’s and respond to him for the second time in a row. Smells like desperation…
Stadlen, desperately trying (and failing) to reclaim his dignity tweeted:
“When I sent you my CV in January, John, I had no idea that GB News would become a national joke within its first week on air”.
When I sent you my CV in January, John, I had no idea that GB News would become a national joke within its first week on air. https://t.co/ShF7KrEwsZ— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) June 17, 2021
The joke is on Stadlen…