Sophie Raworth says goodbye on final 'Sunday Morning' episode

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Sophie Raworth on BBC News. (BBC) (BBC/Jeff Overs)

Sophie Raworth has bid farewell to the BBC's Sunday Morning after replacing Andrew Marr on a temporary basis.

Raworth took over the show on 9 January after Marr left the BBC for Global to host a radio show for LBC.

Now, after seven months hosting the BBC's flagship politics talk show, Raworth is moving on.

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She took a few minutes at the end of the show on 17 July to address her viewers: "And that is it from us here on Sunday Morning. The last time you will hear this iconic music. And that is also it from me."

Sophie Raworth at The BBC Studios Our Green Planet & RHS Bee Garden during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Picture date: Monday May 23, 2022. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Sophie Raworth during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. (Getty Images) (Yui Mok - PA Images via Getty Images)

Raworth added: "When I stepped into Andrew Marr’s show or shoes in January I never imagined we would be dealing with a war in Europe and the end of this Boris Johnson era. Extraordinary times. It has been a privilege to be with you throughout them."

Sunday Morning will be replaced by a brand new show to be hosted by former BBC politics editor Laura Kuenssberg, which will launch in September.

Commenting on her new role with the BBC, Kuenssberg tweeted: "I’m extremely happy to say that I’ll be in the BBC politics chair on Sunday mornings from September. It’s a genuine honour and real thrill to be working with an amazing team on the show, can’t wait to get started!"

ITV Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg at the CBI conference, at the Grosvenor House hotel, in central London.   (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
Laura Kuenssberg will take over the Sunday morning slot later in the year. (Getty Images) (Dominic Lipinski - PA Images via Getty Images)

In recent times, the BBC have lost a number of its on-screen politics talent including Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis and her Americast co-host Jon Sopel to Global, as well as Newsnight's policy editor to the same corporation.

Andrew Neil also left the broadcaster last year for an ill-fated venture with GB News, which saw him quit after just weeks on air. Neil has subsequently joined Channel 4.

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