I’m Stephen Dixon, presenter on GB News.
I hail from Cumbria in the North West of England, growing up near the shipyard building town of Barrow in Furness.
I’m from a very ordinary working class background something that used to be frowned upon but which I’ve always considered a strength. I know what real people up and down the country are thinking because I am one of them.
That’s one of the joys of working for GB News, a station that reflects REAL people rather than just the middle class elite of London.
I went to university in Nottingham and then worked in radio in the East Midlands before joining ITN, Five News, Big Breakfast News and eventually Sky News, where I stayed for more than 20 years.
After a long time in this business, after speaking to more politicians than I can count, now is a time for a shake up, to put the real voices of Great Britain and Northern Ireland first and foremost in what we do.
What matters most to you?
Family is everything to me. I’m lucky to have a very close family, extended family and in laws. Nothing is more important to me than family time, a good laugh and remembering that blood is thicker than water.
Why do Northerners always go on about coming from the North?
Because we’re proud of it! That might be partly driven by the fact that traditionally we have been under represented, but also because we’re a hardworking, decent, honest lot. We tend to care about our communities too. Besides, what’s not to love about our accent?
Why move from an established broadcaster to a new channel?
There comes a time when things need to change, to be given a shake-up and that time is now. For too long some voices have been ignored and some things we should talk about are being hidden under the table.
Free speech isn’t about shouting, it isn’t about being offensive, it’s about talking to each other, disagreeing, but doing it in a grown up, civilised way. GB News gives us that opportunity.
What's the newsroom like?
Amazing, because it’s the most diverse place I’ve ever worked. All different ages, backgrounds, colours and genders, but MOST importantly, different views. It’s not a place where everyone agrees, far from it, but a place where views are voiced and listened to.
What qualities are most important to you?
Being kind, thoughtful and loving. Sounds a bit sickly I know, but I really try to live and work by these principles. Life is too short to be angry and annoyed and I think we should treat each other in the way we want to be treated.