Nigel Farage outlines ‘biggest crisis facing the government’
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Nigel Farage took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to announce that he would be taking a small break from GB News, less than one month after joining the news channel. The former Brexit Party leader joined the network in late July and had been hosting his own flagship evening programme at 7:00 pm from Mondays to Thursdays.
Farage posted an image on Twitter of himself with a beverage in his hand to announce he’d now be taking some time off from presenting duties.
The snap of a relaxed Farage was accompanied by the caption: “Off for the week! Back on GBNews soon.”
This comes just less than a month after the politician joined the channel where he presented evening programmes of the show and said he would take on the tough issues of the day.
“I will take on the tough issues of the day and interview people who really understand their subjects, not just some minister spouting the party line,” Nigel had said upon his appointment.
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Some viewers of Farage supported his decision of a small break, with one replying to his tweet: “Enjoy your time off, you have been a breath of fresh air to broadcasting news since starting at GBNews.”
Another added: “Enjoy the holiday Sir Nigel. You deserve it but hurry back soon, your show is the best thing on @GBNews.”
“Missing you already,” a third user added.
However, not everyone was impressed that he was taking a break and felt it was undeserving, as one user sarcastically wrote: “A whole month of one hour a day for four days a week! I just don’t know how he’s coped so far to be honest…”
“You have literally only been there for like four weeks? Is the job that strenuous you need a break so soon?” another user added, alongside a rolling eyes emoji.
Farage’s return date is only defined as “back soon”, giving no indication to viewers an exact date as to when he will be returning to the show.
In July, it was reported that the show was attracting zero viewers during some of its slots by the rating agency, Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (Barb.)
However, figures seemed to significantly boost with the arrival of former UKIP leader Farage joined the show.
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Farage’s 7pm slot has managed to attract more viewers than BBC and Sky and has peaked at 107,700 viewers.
Speaking to Guido Fawkes, Farage explained: “I am really pleased with the growth of these numbers and was surprised to beat Sky and the BBC news channel combined last night. GB News will go so much further.”
Farage is not the only presenter on the show to take a break from the show as Andrew Neil announced in June that he would be taking a break from the channel, just two weeks after it launched.
The broadcast journalist said in late June: “Before I take this break, let me say this. Yes, we had a bit of a rocky start with the launch of GB News.”
Neil has since made a comeback to the channel as Farage confirmed the network’s anchor would be returning for an appearance on his show following his extended break.
However, Neil hasn’t returned to front his self-titled 8pm slot which kicked off with the launch of the channel.
Instead, fellow co-host Colin Brazier has been made a permanent host in the primetime slot
There has also been a shake-up to the show’s breakfast time show as Kirsty Gallacher and Simon McCoy have been made permanent hosts of The Great British Breakfast.
Farage airs Monday to Thursday at 7pm on GB News.
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