In a recent turn of events at GB News, Rev Calvin Robinson has been sacked from his role as a presenter, joining his fellow presenter Laurence Fox in dismissal.
These sackings come in the wake of controversial comments made by Laurence Fox during a segment on Dan Wootton’s program, where Fox questioned what “self-respecting man” would “climb into bed” with political journalist Ava Evans. GB News has confirmed that an investigation into Dan Wootton’s role in this incident is still ongoing.
In a video statement released on X formerly known as Twitter, Rev Calvin Robinson expressed his regret over the comments made by Laurence Fox. He described them as “crass” and acknowledged that they should not have been aired. Robinson portrayed his role at GB News as a mission to do “God’s work” and expressed concern that the channel’s broader mission of championing free speech may be in jeopardy.
Robinson went on to suggest that he, Fox, and Wootton were already being “edged out” before the Fox incident took place. He attributed this to one of the channel’s main stakeholders considering the purchase of The Telegraph and not wanting any “question marks” on their reputation. Robinson further claimed that his Christian views had been perceived as bigoted within the channel and that there were “a lot of people there that hate the presenters.”
The chain of events leading to Robinson’s sacking started when he was suspended last Friday after making remarks on social media in which he accused GB News’ management of being “scared” of Ofcom, the national broadcast regulator, and “the woke mob.” He also criticized certain staff members at GB News, whom he referred to as “careerists,” for wanting Dan Wootton’s presenting slot.
Robinson’s comments on these “careerists” were scathing. He claimed that these individuals were more troublesome than the “woke mob” since they were providing the mob with ammunition and exacerbating the decline of the channel. He contended that GB News would be on “borrowed time” if it did not stand by Dan Wootton. Robinson passionately defended the channel’s mission, stating that it was more than just a job, but an opportunity to influence public discourse and engage in conversations other media outlets might shy away from.
In a formal statement released by GB News on a Wednesday, it was announced, “Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson were both suspended last week pending internal investigations that have now concluded. As of today, GB News has ended its employment relationship with Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson.” The statement also clarified that the internal investigation into Dan Wootton is still in progress.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program on the same Friday when Robinson was suspended, GB News’ Chief Executive Angelos Frangopoulos expressed his strong disapproval of Laurence Fox’s remarks, deeming them “appalling” and “way past the limits of acceptance.” He emphasized that while GB News is committed to free speech, it must be exercised respectfully and responsibly. Frangopoulos stressed that the controversial comment should not have been aired and should have been challenged.
The developments at GB News, with the dismissal of Robinson and Fox and the ongoing investigation into Wootton, have thrust the network into the spotlight, sparking debates about the boundaries of free speech, internal dynamics within the organization, and the future of the channel.