Andrew Neil said his new Sunday night politics show will focus on “intelligent discussion” rather than the “sensation and shouting” of the American opinion format.
The veteran broadcaster, 72, said the programme’s later slot means his team will have “the shore to ourselves” so they can “pull forward” the news to next week.
The 10-part live series, entitled The Andrew Neil Show, begins May 8 on Channel 4 and will air weekly at 6pm. Cabinet Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg is her first guest.
The Daily Mirror’s Pippa Crerar and the Telegraph’s Madeline Grant will share their insights as political commentators.
Neil told the PA news agency: “On British radio six o’clock on a Sunday evening is an unusual time for a political programme, but it means we have the shore to ourselves. At this time there are no other competitors.
“Sunday morning is a bit crowded and there are other points in the schedule that have a lot of political agenda – including weekday breakfast time. We get this place for us.”
Describing the evening as a “crucial time,” he added, “The news cycle created by the Sunday newspapers and then the Sunday morning talk shows begins to carve its way and rush to the start of a new week on.” Monday morning.
“We are in a crucial position to be able to summarize what has happened in the week that is just coming to an end and look forward to what lies ahead in the week to come.
“So it’s actually a very good time. I’m surprised no one has ever thought of that.”
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The new show comes after the launch of news channels GB News and TalkTV, both of which offer opinion-driven current affairs programming similar to the model popular in America.
Neil said his program would be “between” news and commentary only, but added: “It’s not going to be American-style, that’s for sure. And it doesn’t get loud.
“But I hope it will have some pace and some insight. Shouty can be quite entertaining, but it also gets a little tiring after a while.
“What I think I’ve discovered is that the type of audience we’re after values quality discussion and analysis, not opinion.
“They like a bit of fringe. They like it when their analyzes aren’t boring, but they don’t want to have opinions forced on them all the time.
“They are perfectly capable of forming their own opinions. And I think we’re going to try that.”
Neil promised his political interviews would only be with “the big players” and not “the Minister of Paperclips” and confirmed he had contacted Number 10 about an interview with the Prime Minister.
“If we can’t get a big animal to interview, then I think we’re just going to have intelligent discussions among ourselves,” he added.
“We’ve lined up some excellent commentators who are really plugged in and who will be fresh voices who know what they are talking about.
“On shows that I’ve done in the past, people want to hear informed people tell them what’s going on.
“Not what their take on it is, but ‘that’s why it’s happening’ and ‘that’s probably going to happen next’ and ‘here’s why.’ And I think we will go for this strain.
“It’s Channel 4, so I think we’re going for intelligent discussion rather than sensation or shouting.”
Neil’s career as a political presenter and interviewer spans three decades and he is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings Media Group, publisher of The Spectator and other related titles.
He resigned as chairman and host of a prime time show on GB News last year.
Neil is a former editor of The Sunday Times and for many years was one of the BBC’s top political channels, presenting This Week, Daily Politics and BBC One’s Sunday Politics.
The Andrew Neil Show starts Sunday at 6pm on Channel 4.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/andrew-neil-says-new-sunday-show-will-avoid-sensation-and-shouting-of-us-model-41626744.html Andrew Neil says new Sunday show will avoid ‘sensation and shouting’ from US model