GB News’ Guto Harri ‘taken off air by channel after ‘unacceptable breach’ of conduct

Guto Harri takes the knee on GB News as he slams racism

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Guto Harri has reportedly been “taken off air” by GB News today following a backlash to him taking the knee live on air earlier this week. Earlier this week, Harri took the knee after discussing the online racist abuse aimed at some of England’s footballers following their Euro 2020 final defeat. On Thursday, GB News released a statement branding his conduct as an “unacceptable breach of standards” and has now reportedly decided to suspend the presenter.

The Guardian reports Harri has been “taken off air” after making the gesture on the network on Tuesday.

The move reportedly comes following increasing pressure from viewers who took to social media in their thousands to express their outrage at the gesture.

In fact, many vowed to “boycott” the network as a result, something reflected in recent viewing figures with the state the channel failed to draw in any measurable audience figures during some of its broadcasts the following day.

Prior to his reported suspension, GB News said the following on Twitter in regards to the incident: “GB News stands four square against racism in all its forms. 

“We do not have a company line on taking the knee. Some of our guests have been in favour, some against. All are anti-racist. 

“We have editorial standards that all GB News journalists uphold.”

It followed this up with a second tweet which read: “On Tuesday a contributing presenter took the knee live on air and this was an unacceptable breach of our standards.”

And a third tweet in the thread said: “We let both sides of the argument down by oversimplifying a very complex issue. 3/3.”

Express.co.uk has contacted GB News for comment on the reports.

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