Andrew Marr leaves the BBC after 21 years – “I can’t wait to find my own voice” | UK News

Andrew Marr has announced he is leaving the BBC after 21 years.

The seasoned journalist and host, who presented the BBC flagship political program The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings for 16 years, said he would switch to Global “to write and present political and cultural shows and to write for newspapers.”

Breaking the news on Twitter, Marr, 62, told his followers he was “keen to get my own voice back”, adding that the new roles would give him “new freedom” to do journalism without a “filter” .

“Personal announcement. After 21 years, I have decided to quit the BBC,” said her statement posted on social media.

“I leave behind many happy memories and wonderful colleagues. But starting on the New Year, I move to Global to write and present political and cultural programs, and to write for newspapers.

“I think British politics and public life are going to go through an even more turbulent decade, and as I said, I can’t wait to find my own voice.”

“I’ve been doing the Andrew Marr show every Sunday morning for 16 years now and it’s probably more than enough for everyone!”

A statement issued by broadcaster Global said Marr will feature brand new programming on LBC and Classic FM next year, including an opinion piece broadcast on LBC “where he will give his take on the biggest issues in the world. moment”.

A new program on Classic FM will see the veteran broadcaster perform music and “interview guests from the worlds of politics and the arts.”

And he’ll be writing a regular column for the LBC website and featuring a new weekly podcast for Global.

Andrew Marr hosts the BBC’s flagship Sunday morning political program The Andrew Marr Show

The announcement comes less than a month after The Guardian reported that Laura Kuenssberg was in talks to step down as political editor for the BBC.

The newspaper suggested that after six years at the helm, Kuenssberg could become the presenter of the Today show as part of a major on-air executive staff reshuffle.

Marr’s departure means there will be a vacancy to fill the niche of his prime-time political agenda on Sunday mornings.

Some of those who may have strong incentives to take over include BBC Radio 4 Today presenters Mishal Husain and Nick Robinson, and outgoing BBC North America editor Jon Sopel.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only, BBC document, photo of George Clooney (right) appearing on the BBC1 news program, The Andrew Marr Show, in a pre-recorded interview .
Andrew Marr said the new roles will give him “a new freedom” to do journalism without a “filter”

Marr said he would take on his new roles “starting in the new year”.

In a statement released by Global, he said: “Coming to Global gives me a new freedom: to do fast and very regular political journalism on LBC without a filter, with my own voice.

“On Classic FM, I will explore my love of classical music and culture in general, with surprising guests. I feel like I am joining a young, ambitious and exciting company and I can’t wait to stick to it.”

BBC Managing Director Tim Davie paid tribute to Marr for his long service to the broadcaster.

“Andrew Marr was a brilliant journalist and presenter during his time at the BBC.

“He leaves an unparalleled legacy of exceptional political interviews and landmark programs.

“We wish him well for the next chapter.”

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BBC officials said Andrew Marr was a “brilliant journalist”

Fran Unsworth, outgoing BBC News and Current Affairs Director, added: “Throughout his long and distinguished career with the BBC, Andrew has been a favorite with our audiences.

Andrew started at the BBC as a knowledgeable and insightful political writer and went on to become a UK Sunday Morning star, Sunday Morning, which became The Andrew Marr Show. He is a fantastic presenter and interviewer, whose wisdom and skill will be a loss to our screens.

“We thank him very much for his years of service and wish him well in his new role.”

Marr joined the BBC in May 2000.

He was rushed to hospital in January 2013 after suffering a stroke at home, but returned to host his show later in the year.

In 2018, he said “it’s good to be back” after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his kidney.

Colleagues at the BBC, including Newsnight editor-in-chief Lewis Goodall, are among those who have congratulated Marr on his long career with the company.

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