GB News has released a statement regarding the controversy sparked by one of the channel’s presenters taking the knee live on air in support of England’s football team, describing the act as an ‘unacceptable breach of our standards’.
During a GB News programme that aired earlier this week, presenter Guto Harri said that he ‘gets’ why the England men’s team refused to listen to critics about taking the knee as a statement against racism.
As Guto knelt down on one knee on air, he said that he understands that it is an ‘important gesture’, prompting some GB News viewers to accuse the station of being ‘too woke’.
In a new statement released on Twitter, GB News said that it ‘stands four square against racism in all its forms’.
The channel outlined that it does not ‘have a company line on taking the knee’, with some guests ‘in favour’ and others ‘against’ it.
‘All are anti-racist. We have editorial standards that all GB News journalists uphold,’ the statement said.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently condemned the racism that members of the England men’s football team have faced following their Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy, stating: ‘Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted GB News and Guto Harri for comment.
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