Nigel Farage gets his own radio show… and his new colleague is unimpressed
The former Ukip leader is not James O’Brien's favourite politician.
News that Nigel Farage is to host his own nightly radio show has been met with a distinctly lukewarm response - by one of his soon-to-be highest profile colleagues.
The former Ukip leader will present a 60-minute programme every week from Monday to Thursday on LBC radio, which will include opinions, callers and a curious segment called Farage’s “Final Thought”.
This comes on top of his work as a fully-fledged member of the European Parliament and Donald Trump cheerleader-in-chief.
But James O’Brien, who hosts the 10am to 1pm slot on the station, signalled he was not amused at the appointment by retweeting a tweet that referred to the Ukip man as a “Nazi Alan Partridge”.
It is not the first time that the star LBC presenter has indicated that the former Ukip leader is not his favourite politician. Speaking to Buzzfeed News in November, O’Brien said: “I don’t enjoy Nigel Farage having any platform for the lies and the racism that he spouts. I don’t feel differently about the platform that I’m on than any other. I am only responsible for what goes on between 10 and 1, Monday to Friday, and the rest is a commercial operation."
He added: “[Farage] is box office. We’re in the business of pursuing listeners, we’ve got our biggest audience ever, and that’s what they have to do. That’s why I’m not in management, that’s why I do what I do.”
The pair famously clashed on O’Brien’s LBC show back in 2014, as the presenter took the then Ukip leader to task over his views on eastern European migrants and troubles within his party.
Farage of course is no stranger to radio or television studios, and has already stood in to present on a number of programmes on LBC.
Commenting on the announcement, Farage said: “If 2016 was exciting, then this year could be tumultuous with President Trump, Article 50, elections all over Europe and maybe a Eurozone crash. I can’t wait to start my daily show on LBC and I invite listeners to agree with me or challenge me and together we can lead Britain’s conversation.”
James Rea, LBC’s managing editor, said: “With Brexit and the inauguration of President Elect Trump, Nigel Farage is the man at the centre of the two biggest stories this year. He is a powerful communicator and has proved himself as a natural broadcaster. With his new nightly show, we look forward to him joining the LBC team next week.”
The top Ukip figure yesterday confirmed he will attend the inauguration ceremony of his new pal Donald Trump, saying it would be a “great historic event”.
“I can’t wait,” he told Sky News.
“The governor of Mississippi has invited me and I’m there for a few days and it’s going to be a great, historic event. In America they’ve had a political revolution and it’s complete; the problem in Britain is our revolution is not complete because the same people are still in charge.”
Farage became the first British politician to meet the US President-elect after his shock victory over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton on 8 November.
He also campaigned for the property mogul during the election race.