Andrew Neil Joins Times Radio for UK, US Elections After Channel 4 Talks

Andrew Neil joins Times Radio for election coverage

by Zain ul Abedin
Andrew Neil Joins Times Radio for UK, US Elections After Channel 4 Talks
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Andrew Neil is set to rejoin Rupert Murdoch's media empire to lead coverage of the upcoming UK and U.S. elections. The former BBC presenter and current chairman of The Spectator magazine has signed on with Times Radio, the digital station created by The Times newspaper.

Starting September 9, Neil will host a daily news program airing at 1 PM from Monday to Thursday. The show will feature in-depth interviews with prominent politicians and influential figures, offering insightful analysis and commentary on the political landscape.

Neil's association with Murdoch's enterprises is long-standing. He was the founding chairman of Sky, which is now owned by Comcast, and he served as editor of The Sunday Times for over a decade. This new role at Times Radio marks another chapter in his storied career within Murdoch's media domain.

Channel 4's Plans

Insiders reveal that Neil's decision to join Times Radio comes after discussions with Channel 4 about a potential role in their election night coverage. Sources close to Neil indicated that he was in talks to co-present election night coverage, with an ambition to conduct high-profile interviews as the votes were tallied.

Neil had previously performed a similar role for the BBC, but there were concerns that Channel 4 might not attract the same caliber of guests as the BBC could on election night. Meanwhile, Channel 4 is reportedly planning to spotlight Krishnan Guru-Murthy, whose popularity surged following his participation in Strictly Come Dancing last year.

Guru-Murthy is set to present Channel 4's election night coverage alongside Emily Maitlis, co-host of The News Agents podcast and known for her landmark interview with Prince Andrew, which was dramatized in the Netflix film "Scoop." The exact date of the British election remains uncertain, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak committing only to holding it in the latter half of 2024.

Neil previously hosted three seasons of "The Andrew Neil Show" for Channel 4. However, the show's return is unlikely as the broadcaster tightens its budget amidst a downturn in the advertising market.