Andrew Neil to front primetime politics roundup show on BBC

Andrew Neil is to front a new political programme on BBC Two after stepping down from hosting his long-running politics show This Week earlier this year.

The Andrew Neil Show will launch on Wednesday next week and will run through the autumn as the UK approaches its scheduled departure from the EU.

The 30-minute programme will air at 7pm every Wednesday and will round up political events and feature interviews with key political players.

This Week was taken off air in July after Neil, 70, decided to step down from late-night broadcasting. Neil had hosted the show since it began in 2003 and it was known for its informal look at politics. Regular guests including the former Conservative MP Michael Portillo and Labour’s Diane Abbott, now the shadow home secretary.

Neil is a fixture of BBC’s political programming and grilled both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt during the Conservative leadership contest this summer.

“The autumn of 2019 is destined to be one of the most intriguing and significant in British politics for at least a generation,” Neil said. “I’m delighted to be fronting a weekly show in primetime on BBC Two that will be on top of the story, whatever direction it takes.”

Fran Unsworth, the director of BBC News, said: “Andrew’s one of the best political journalists in the UK, and we’re thrilled he’ll be on our screens for a primetime BBC Two series.

“Andrew’s special programme with the Conservative leadership candidates was hailed as a masterclass of political interviewing. As Britain moves towards the Brexit deadline, this show will be a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand what’s going on.”

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Neil will continue to present Politics Live on BBC Two every Thursday lunchtime.



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