NIGEL Farage was booed by woke telly luvvies at a top industry awards bash after he won News Presenter of the Year.
The controversial populist politician turned GB News presenter won the coveted award that has seen previous winners from the likes of the BBC and ITN – proving GB News is now a serious contender to the mainstream media.
Farage shrugged off boos from the audience as he won the gong at the TRIC Awards in partnership with Euronics on Tuesday in London.
The former politician – who was previously leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) – laughed off the jeers he received as he made his way to the stage to accept the coveted accolade at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.
“GB News set out to be the People’s Channel and I’m incredibly proud of that. The establishment media doesn’t always like it – we’re not for them – but this award shows that the people do…
“I am really rather proud to have this because I’m a new boy – I have only been doing this for a couple of years.
“So a huge thank to all those good, ordinary folk who live outside the M25 for voting for me.”
GB News producer Ben Leo used Nige’s famous Brexit Independence Day line on Twitter: “Well, you’re not laughing now. ARE YOU?!”
Patrick Christys – who hosts a GB News show daily at 3-6pm on GB News said: “Nigel Farage’s massive two fingers up to the British media establishment.”
Ahead of its launch in 2020, media luvvies lambasted the project with Scottish Nationalists taking to Twitter branding the idea of the new channel ‘GB News’ “disturbing” claiming that there was “no need” for any more right-wing news broadcasting in the U,K., which already has more than its fair share.”
“The prospect of Farage taking part is particularly unpleasant.” said one.
Another started a wild conspiracy writing: “And you wonder why the Government have been running the BBC into the ground for months? To clear the way for Voldemort’s new ‘news’ programme! ”
The majority of media luvvies on an online industry forum reacted with snobbery and disdain, even attacking Politicalite for reporting the exciting new venture that has got members of the silent populist majority speaking out in support.
“I wouldn’t believe anything on Politicalite.” wrote one after we described Sky News truthfully. ” “Sky News has lost … its reputation for unbiased news.” Really? “Who actually believes this? said the out of touch media luvvie vying to replace Hall and Oats’ Out of Touch.
THE PEOPLES VOTE
For the first time, winners in 17 categories this year were chosen entirely by the public, with over 130,000 people getting involved with the vote.
While Piers missed out on the News Presenter of the Year honour, the TalkTV personality didn’t go home empty handed because he bagged the Interview of the Year accolade for his sit-down chat with footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was presented with the award by his broadcasting rival Dan Walker, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to say “F*** you” to the Channel 5 presenter .
Accepting his award, Piers said on stage: “Thank you, I can almost feel the warmth in the room.
“I know what you are all thinking, long overdue, but obviously, my initial pain at realising that this was going to be presented to me by Dan Walker was soon overtaken by the reality of the enormous pain that he would be suffering in having to present it to me so thank you, Dan.
“Although what you know about interviewing is beyond me – it was a joke, it was a joke.”
Dan then took the microphone and jokingly punched his rival as he said: “Hang on, I think this is what I have to do now.”
Piers replied: “He laughs but the day that I did that walkout was the day that ‘Good Morning Britain’ finally beat the BBC in the ratings in the morning.
“And because I then got invited to leave that evening they never overtook me again so f*** you, Walker.”
Elsewhere at the awards – which were hosted by Judi Love and Robert Rinder -Bradley Walsh won the TV Personality Prize and his show ‘The Chace’ scooped the Game Show award, Roman Kemp took home the Radio Personality accolade, and Danielle Harold won the Soap Actor prize in recognition of her portrayal of Lola Pearce in ‘EastEnders’.
The late Paul O’Grady’s ‘For the Love of Dogs’ won the Factual accolade, ‘After Life’ won the Streaming prize, and the Drama prize went to ‘Peaky Blinders’, while ‘Good Morning Britain’ took home a TRIC Special Award.
TRIC WINNERS 2023
TV Personality – Bradley Walsh
Interview of the Year – ‘Piers Morgan interviews Cristiano Ronaldo’
Podcast of the Year – ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’
Radio Personality – Roman Kemp
Soap Actor – Danielle Harold, ‘EastEnders’ (BBC One)
Streamed – ‘After Life’
Radio Programme – ‘The Julia Hartley-Brewer Breakfast Show’
Game Show – ‘The Chase’
Factual – ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’
OK! Daytime – ‘A Place in the Sun’
Food – ‘The Great British Bake Off’
Drama – ‘Peaky Blinders’
Live Event – ‘The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II’
Multi-Channel News – ‘GB News Breakfast’
Entertainment – ‘Gogglebox’
News Presenter – Nigel Farage
Soap of the Year – Emmerdale
TRIC Special Award – Good Morning Britain