Stephen Dixon opens up on the 'unexpected' reality of working at GB News - 'It's authentic, unpretentious, and diverse'

Stephen Dixon says he is 'proud as punch' to work on The People's Channel.
Stephen Dixon says he is 'proud as punch' to work on The People's Channel.

The presenter has hit out at suggestions the channel is 'far-right'

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GB News presenter Stephen Dixon has called the channel the “most authentic, unpretentious and diverse place” he has ever worked in.

Stephen is a presenter on the GB News Breakfast show, where he often appears with Anne Diamond.
Stephen is a presenter on the GB News Breakfast show, where he often appears with Anne Diamond.

Speaking out on his decision to join the channel, the broadcaster has called on people to reconsider their preconceptions of GB News as a “far-right channel”.

Stephen admits that before joining the channel, he felt the same way.

He said: “ Like you, I’d heard about it, mostly on Twitter. They said it would be a British Fox News, yelling 24.7.

“Opinions I hate, from presenters without compassion, preaching to the converted.”

The 48-year-old opted to leave Sky News after 21 years for The People’s Channel, and has become a key staple of breakfast television in the UK, hosting Breakfast with Stephen and Anne alongside Anne Diamond.

Explaining his decision to quit Sky, he told The Media Leader: “The answer is actually simple. I stopped reading others’ opinions and started looking for myself.

Stephen says the channel offers a wide variety of opinion.
Stephen says the channel offers a wide variety of opinion.

“After all, I’m a journalist: I have a strange affection for facts.”

GB News has come on leaps and bounds since its launch in 2021, attracting 3.3 million viewers a month, and becoming Britain’s fastest-growing news radio station.

The channel’s social feeds have amassed wide scale followings, with over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and 450,000 followers on Twitter.

Speaking about the channel’s loyal audience, Stephen commented: “It’s called The People’s Channel for a reason.

“It’s the most authentic, unpretentious and diverse place I’ve ever worked.”

Stephen says accusations of bias are unfair, as the channel “offers all sides”.

“I work on Breakfast, a news show governed by Ofcom. We offer all sides. We also reflect what is often neglected elsewhere”, the presenter said.

“We interview roughly equal numbers from the left and right, a relief to conservative thinks who felt under-represented before.

“Although Labour was cautious at first, they’re keen to appear on GB News now.”

The diversity of the newsroom is also touched upon by the Breakfast presenter, who comments on how producers “reflect Britain”.

He said: “My producers reflect Britain: Gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Muslim, Nigerian, even Danish.

“Unusually in media, almost none come from London, privileged backgrounds or private schools.”

Stephen, who presents from Friday to Sunday on GB News’ Breakfast show, admitted he has “never been happier or more confident” as he is now as a part of the channel’s family.

“I was sceptical when GB News launched; now I’m proud as punch to work here”, he said.

“I’ve never been happier or more confident that I am part of something that matters to ordinary working people, a group to which I proudly belong.”