Andrew Marr to leave the BBC after 21 years

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Andrew Marr has announced he is leaving the BBC after 21 years to go to rival broadcaster Global.

The presenter made the announcement on his Twitter on Friday, stressing he was “keen to get my own voice back”.

Announcing the move, he wrote: “After 21 years, I have decided to move on from the BBC. l leave behind many happy memories and wonderful colleagues.

“But from the New Year I am moving to Global to write and present political and cultural shows, and to write for newspapers.

Boris Johnson (PA)
Boris Johnson (PA)

“I think British politics and public life are going to go through an even more turbulent decade, and as I’ve said, I am keen to get my own voice back.

“I have been doing the Andrew Marr show every Sunday morning for 16 years now and that is probably more than enough time for anybody!”

Marr, a former editor of The Independent, joined the BBC in 2000 and went on to present its flagship Sunday politics show from 2005.

He also took over as political editor of BBC News between 200 and 2005, while also hosting BBC Radio 4’s long-running Start The Week discussion programme in 2002.

In January 2013 the presenter suffered a stroke that left him in hospital for two months. He returned to presenting the Sunday show that September.

Andrew Marr and host Sophie Raworth in 2013 (PA)
Andrew Marr and host Sophie Raworth in 2013 (PA)

Marr began his career as a junior business reporter at The Scotsman in 1981, and went on to work for The Economist and The Independent, where he was appointed editor in 1996.

He lives in north London with his wife Jackie Ashley, a political journalist and broadcaster.

Former Chancellor George Osborne said on Twitter: “Many a Sunday morning in my 30s and 40s I spent on your sofa Andrew - you’ve been an intelligent, informed and trenchant interviewer largely without getting shouty or making it all about you. Well done. Looking forward to the next chapter - life on the outside can be fun.”

Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid added: “Congratulations on the new role but this is a huge blow for the BBC and for those of us who rely on The Andrew Marr Show to set us up for the week ahead. Wishing the very best, to the best.”

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