Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to take on a new role in the media landscape, as he prepares to host a show on GB News starting in the new year. The former Tory PM, who left office in September 2022 and resigned as a Member of Parliament in June 2023, will become a “presenter, programme maker, and commentator” on the right-wing channel. His mission is to “create and present a new series showcasing the power of Britain around the world.”
GB News has a history of controversial appointments, with former Conservative politicians Jacob Rees-Mogg and Lee Anderson having previously joined the channel. In a video posted on social media, Johnson expressed his excitement about joining GB News and promised to provide his unfiltered views on a wide range of global issues, including Russia, China, and the war in Ukraine. He also emphasized the immense opportunities for “Global Britain.”
Editorial director Michael Booker welcomed Johnson to the channel, praising his political influence and journalistic talent. However, it’s worth noting that GB News has faced criticism since its launch in June 2021 for breaching Ofcom guidelines, its reactionary reporting style, and the controversial opinions expressed by its presenters. These incidents have included instances of homophobia, transphobia, and misogynistic comments, leading to several sackings and suspensions.
As Johnson prepares to join GB News, the channel is undoubtedly poised for more attention, both in the UK and internationally. The addition of such a prominent political figure as a commentator is likely to generate significant debate and discussion among viewers and critics alike. With GB News facing ongoing scrutiny for its content and approach, Johnson’s role on the channel will undoubtedly be closely watched in the coming months.