GB News host Dan Wootton has denied any criminality as he responded to various claims made against him.

The broadcaster admitted making “errors of judgement in the past” amid reports he offered media colleagues thousands of pounds for explicit material of themselves.

Speaking on his GB News show, Wootton said he was the victim of a “witch hunt” by “nefarious players”.

The publishers of the Sun and MailOnline said they are looking into the allegations against him.

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Wootton previously worked as the executive editor of The Sun, and its publisher News UK told the BBC: “We are looking into the allegations made in recent days. We are not able to make any further comment at this stage.”

The presenter also became a columnist for MailOnline, owned by DMG Media. A spokesperson for the company said: “We are aware of the allegations and are looking into them.”

The claims include that Wootton used fake online identities and offered money to individuals in return for filming themselves to carrying out sex acts.

Wootton said the allegations had been spread by a “race to the bottom” on social media and were part of a wider bid by “dark forces” trying to bring down GB News.

He went on to blame “cancel culture” for his treatment, saying: “Being in the middle of the witch-hunt has made me think a lot about the sort of journalist and broadcaster I aspire to be, one focused on the massive political threats facing this country, not on the personal attacks.

“I mean, who doesn’t have regrets? Should I be cancelled for them many years later? Or do you accept that I have learned and changed?”

Wootton also said he had previously been the victim of an abusive relationship and was talking about it for the first time following the allegations.

He added: “These past few days I have been the target of a smear campaign by nefarious players with an axe to grind.

“I, like all fallible human beings, have made errors of judgement in the past. But the criminal allegations being made against me are simply untrue.

“I would like nothing more than to address those spurious claims. I could actually spend the next two hours doing so, but on the advice of my lawyers I cannot comment further.”

GB News said it had no comment at this time.