GB News chairman Andrew Neil has said "any network worth its salt" could find a role for Piers Morgan, describing him as a "broadcaster of calibre".

Neil refused to rule out speaking to Morgan about a role at GB News - the new network he chairs that's openly seeing itself as a UK version of the USA's ultra-conservative, pro-Trump Fox News - following the former ITV presenter's sudden departure from Good Morning Britain this week.

Morgan quit the role following a backlash against his comments about Meghan Markle and her headline-making interview with husband Harry and Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan Markle

Speaking on BBC News, Neil said Morgan's departure was "a pity" for ITV because he had brought "energy, dynamism and controversy" to its morning schedule.

He added: "It had always lagged way behind the BBC breakfast time show and people tuned in because of him.

"It reminded me of the old days of Newsnight. People tuned in if Jeremy Paxman was doing it. If he wasn't doing it it wasn't so exciting and the same is true of GMB.

"It's a real problem now for ITV that they've lost him. The programme this morning was much more run of the mill, low key, kind of ordinary, so it's going to be difficult for them to replace him."

Neil, as chairman of GB News, said he would be "delighted" to discuss future work opportunities with Morgan.

The network has already announced a series of signings including Dan Wootton, former executive editor at The Sun.

Neil added, "Piers would be a huge asset to GB News and we'll definitely look at that . . . we haven't started any negotiations yet but we would certainly be delighted to talk to him if he's up for it."

Piers Morgan

Asked whether Morgan would be allowed to repeat the kind of behaviour that prompted his exit from Good Morning Britain, Neil said, "You'll understand I wouldn't want to negotiate with Piers Morgan on the airwaves of the BBC.

"All I would say is I wouldn't really want to simply transfer what he did at GMB onto GB News. But could we find a role for Piers Morgan? Of course we could.

"Any network worth its salt could find a role for a broadcaster of his calibre."