Andrew Marr vows to ruffle feathers with new LBC radio show

Andrew Marr has said he'll ruffle feathers on his new show.(Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Andrew Marr has said he'll ruffle feathers on his new show.(Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Andrew Marr has said he will ruffle feathers on his new LBC radio show.

The presenter left the BBC last year, saying that he was keen to get his “own voice back”.

He is now set to launch his new programme Tonight With Andrew Marr on LBC and has warned that anyone looking for “bland, safe, wearily predictable journalism” should avoid tuning in.

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“I’ve always thought journalism is about breaking stories, ruffling feathers and having some fun on the way,” the 62-year-old said.

“My new LBC show, Tonight With Andrew Marr is perfectly timed at 6pm, the end of busy political days, and stuffed with great guests, and will do just that.

“Anyone wanting bland, safe, wearily predictable journalism is strongly advised to look elsewhere.”

Tom Cheal, LBC’s managing editor, said he was “delighted to welcome Andrew to our brilliant line-up of presenters”.

“Now with the freedom to share his views and broadcast in his own voice, Tonight With Andrew Marr will be packed with sharp opinion, insightful commentary and agenda-setting interviews, all delivered in Andrew’s fast-paced, vivid style,” he said.

“At a time when LBC is celebrating record audiences, it promises to become another unmissable moment in our schedule.”

Andrew Marr gestures to the media at BBC Broadcasting House after filming the final episode of the Andrew Marr Show in London. Marr is leaving the BBC after 20 years and his Sunday morning interview programme will be temporarily taken over by Sophie Raworth from 9th January. (Photo by Tejas Sandhu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Andrew Marr's new show starts in March. (Tejas Sandhu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Marr announced in November that he was leaving the BBC after 21 years.

"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,” he wrote.

"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!"

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Global, which operates LBC, has said Tonight With Andrew Marr will launch on March 7.

The one-hour show will air Monday to Thursday at 6pm and will also be televised live on Global Player.

Additional reporting by PA.

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