Andrew Marr leaves the BBC after 21 years and joins Global Radio: ‘I’m looking forward to having my own voice again.’

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Andrew Marr leaves the BBC after 21 years and joins Global Radio: ‘I’m looking forward to having my own voice back.’

Andrew Marr is leaving the BBC after 21 years as host of his Sunday morning political show.

After announcing his departure from his Sunday morning political show to join the BBC’s biggest radio rival, Andrew Marr sparked a race for one of the most coveted jobs in British broadcasting.

Marr announced his departure from the BBC after 21 years because he is “desperate to reclaim my own voice.”

Under the terms of a deal with radio company Global Media, the 62-year-old veteran journalist will host a new opinion-driven political show on LBC and an arts and music show on Classic FM.

This is a personal announcement.

I’ve decided to leave the BBC after 21 years, leaving behind many fond memories and wonderful colleagues.

However, as of the New Year, I will be working for Global, where I will write and present political and cultural shows, as well as write for newspapers.

“Coming to Global gives me a new freedom – to do fast-paced, very regular political journalism on LBC with no filter, in my own voice,” Marr said.

After 16 years as the host of the Sunday morning political show, he will step down at the end of the year.

Marr was set to be one of the central figures in BBC tribute shows following the Queen’s death.

For the past 16 years, I’ve been on the Andrew Marr show every Sunday morning, which is probably more than enough time for anyone!

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, who is said to be looking for a new job, Mishal Husain, and Emily Maitlis are among the candidates to take over the agenda-setting weekend show.

Andrew Neil has talked about returning to the BBC.

Outside of the BBC’s strict impartiality rules, Mar’s new role allows him to express his long-held centrist political beliefs.

His earnings will also be less scrutinized by the public.

Marr, a former editor of The Independent who joined the BBC as political editor in 2000, has seen his BBC salary cut by over £200,000 in the last five years, to £340,000.

This year, it was revealed that he was paid £5,000 for a Zoom call with a wealth fund made from the BBC’s offices.

After suffering a stroke in 2013, Marr had to take nine months off the air.

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Andrew Marr leaves the BBC after 21 years and joins Global Radio: ‘I’m looking forward to having my own voice back.’

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Andrew Marr quits the BBC after 21 years and moves to Global Radio: ‘I am keen to get my own voice back’

Runners and riders for BBC Sunday morning slot

Laura Kuenssberg

Political Editor is seeking new role after six years as a target of social media abuse. Sad to be in talks to join Today team but flagship Sunday show would be good fit for her sharp political antennae.

Mishal Husain

Composed Today presenter, who won acclaim for her probing interviews, has previously filled in for Marr. A soft landing if Kuenssberg is parachuted into Today.

Emily Maitlis

Politicians would find Sunday mornings less amenable if Newsnight presenter brought her spiky questioning technique to show. Comfortable with the slot’s cultural interviews too.

Andrew Neil

Former BBC politics inquisitor says he wants one more job in TV after quitting GB News and has enjoyed a friendly “catch up” with DG Tim Davie.

Emma Barnett

Rising star Newsnight and Woman’s Hour presenter refuses to let obfuscating politicians off the hook.

Nick Robinson

Today presenter stood in for Marr last Summer and seen as natural successor by some. Would BBC hand show to another white, middle-aged male?

Naga Munchetty

The BBC could also use Marr’s departure to shake-up the Sunday morning formula and create a new show based in Salford with Naga Munchetty as lead presenter.

Andrew Marr quits the BBC after 21 years and moves to Global Radio: ‘I am keen to get my own voice back’

Runners and riders for BBC Sunday morning slot

Laura Kuenssberg

Political Editor is seeking new role after six years as a target of social media abuse. Sad to be in talks to join Today team but flagship Sunday show would be good fit for her sharp political antennae.

Mishal Husain

Composed Today presenter, who won acclaim for her probing interviews, has previously filled in for Marr. A soft landing if Kuenssberg is parachuted into Today.

Emily Maitlis

Politicians would find Sunday mornings less amenable if Newsnight presenter brought her spiky questioning technique to show. Comfortable with the slot’s cultural interviews too.

Andrew Neil

Former BBC politics inquisitor says he wants one more job in TV after quitting GB News and has enjoyed a friendly “catch up” with DG Tim Davie.

Emma Barnett

Rising star Newsnight and Woman’s Hour presenter refuses to let obfuscating politicians off the hook.

Nick Robinson

Today presenter stood in for Marr last Summer and seen as natural successor by some. Would BBC hand show to another white, middle-aged male?

Naga Munchetty

The BBC could also use Marr’s departure to shake-up the Sunday morning formula and create a new show based in Salford with Naga Munchetty as lead presenter.

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