Journalists Darren McCaffrey and Tom Harwood will join GB News as the first members of the new channel’s political reporting line-up.
Darren McCaffrey, who has been appointed Political Editor and presenter, joins from Euronews where he covered EU politics and presented the channel’s flagship Raw Politics show.
Tom Harwood joins as a Political Correspondent from the politics website Guido Fawkes, where he has already established a reputation as a dynamic news-breaking journalist.
Darren McCaffrey started his career in his native Northern Ireland before spending almost ten years at Sky News, reporting on some of the United Kingdom’s most tumultuous political events.
He covered three general elections and three referendums including the Brexit vote and broke
many political exclusives.
“Journalism is at its best when it reflects the widest range of views rather than just the
loudest ones,” he said.
“I know only too well that local voices are sometimes left out and GB News’ mission to change that is something I’m incredibly excited to be part of.”
Tom Harwood has been a senior reporter at Guido Fawkes where he has spent three years breaking stories from the heart of Westminster.
Originally from Cambridge, he has written for The Spectator and Daily Telegraph among others and is a well known political commentator and guest on news programmes.
Director of News and Programmes John McAndrew said Darren and Tom epitomised the range of journalistic talent that GB News was hiring.
“Both are among the most tenacious reporters in politics,” he said.
“Darren is without doubt one of the best political journalists in the country with an exceptional ability to challenge convention, seek out fresh angles and tell us what’s really going on.
“He’s a fearless interviewer with a boundless enthusiasm that’s compelling on air.
“Tom is an incredibly bright and exciting young journalist with a hunger for finding new stories. He’s made a huge impact so far and has a very promising broadcast career ahead.”
The new channel plans to air 6,500 hours a year of “original news, opinion and debate,” eschewing rolling news for appointment-to-view programming.
GB News will reach 96% of British households via Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, YouView and Freesat. It also plans to launch streaming, video-on-demand and audio services.
The channel’s launch date has not yet been confirmed but Chairman Andrew Neil said last year they were aiming for a March 2021 launch.