Rachel Sweeney announces she is leaving GB News – The Northern Echo

GB News’ Rachel Sweeney has announced she is leaving her role as North East reporter for the station.
The County Durham-born presenter, who spent 13 years at Tyne Tees, was the first regional reporter appointed by the 24-hour news channel when it launched last year.
In a statement on Twitter this evening (August 11), she wrote: “I have made the decision to leave my role as North East of England reporter at GB News.
Read more: How GB News reporter Rachel Sweeney feels about her role on the new channel
The Northern Echo:
“I am greatful for the year I have had and wish the team every success.
“It has been an honour to share stories from my beloved North East on a national platform. Thank you to everyone who has supported me.
“I have had a suspicious number of calls today, so I think the news is already out.
“When one chapter ends, another one opens…”
Rachel is from a mining family and went to Framwellgate School in Durham and, although she loved her three years studying broadcast journalism at Cheltenham, she couldn’t wait to return.
Her parents are comedienne and radio presenter Sue Sweeney and former footballer Ian Sweeney. She married Chris, an electrician, and they have a son, Archie.
GB News was launched in June 2021 with the aim of broadcasting “original news, opinion and debate”, with a mix of news coverage and opinion-based content.
Andrew Neil left the BBC in 2020 to become the channel’s chairman and present a prime-time evening programme. However, he resigned from his roles at the channel on 13 September 2021, three months after its official launch, and was replaced as a presenter by Colin Brazier.
The Northern Echo:
Other hosts of shows on the channel include Alastair Stewart, Dan Wootton, Nigel Farage, Mark Steyn, Eamonn Holmes, and Neil Oliver, along with Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison.
Speaking to the Echo last year about her time on GB News, Ms Sweeney said: “Although I feel I have a great relationship with North-East viewers I don’t think their voice is loud enough. GB News was looking for someone in this patch, to give it a voice and I just felt this is my calling, this is my time to help them shout about what they’re doing.
“I think on a regional level our news is excellent but you rarely see North-East stories on national news unless it is about benefits or something and there is more to the region than that.
“People are starting to look at the North-East in a different way for the first time, I’m really proud to be in a place that celebrates that.”
She was proud to report on 14,000 new jobs being created at electric vehicle giga factories and being the only national reporter with a local accent to interview business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng at Sunderland.
And she was delighted to prove Hartlepool United fans wrong by ditching her planned story and spending the night on the Marina, to cover the club’s play-off win and promotion to League Two with presenters Darren McCaffrey and Kirsty Gallagher instead.
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