Andrew Marr address leaving the BBC after 21 years
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Andrew Marr presented his last episode of the Marr show after 16 years of putting politicians in the hot seat on Sunday mornings. This morning’s programme looked back at the presenter’s career, interviewing politicians including Tony Blair, George Brown, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Boris Johnson and Theresa May. As Marr moves on to projects where he feels he can “get my own voice back”, who is his replacement Sophie Raworth?
Sophie Raworth, a journalist and broadcaster with nearly 20 years at BBC under her belt, will be stepping in as an interim presenter of the Andrew Marr show following Marr’s departure today after 16 years of his Sunday morning show.
The show will be on hiatus over Christmas, returning on January 9 with Raworth presenting the programme.
The Andrew Marr Show will temporarily be renamed Sunday Morning until a permanent new presenter and title are in place.
This won’t be the first time Raworth has covered for Marr, she has previously chaired The Andrew Marr Show in the presenter’s absence.
Raworth also presents the BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten and the BBC’s election coverage.
Off-screen, Raworth is a keen long-distance runner, frequently posting pictures of herself pounding the pavement in London.
In April 2018, Raworth completed an ultra-marathon, the six-day, 251 kilometre Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert.
Since joining the BBC on their regional trainee scheme back in 1992, Raworth has earned herself a spot on the BBC’s top earners list, though she’s still a few bob behind Marr.
According to the BBC’s list of star salaries from July 2021, Raworth pockets a handsome annual salary of £280,000 – £284,000.
Raworth is the sixth highest-paid woman on the list, behind Zoe Ball, Fiona Bruce, Lauren Laverne, Vanessa Feltz and Emily Maitlis.
Andrew Marr’s salary is listed as between £335,000 and £339,999.
In addition to the Marr show, Marr also earns cash from his Start the Week show on Radio 4, documentaries on BBC One and election night coverage.
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What next for Andrew Marr?
Marr announced his departure from the BBC after 21 years on November 19.
Taking to Twitter, he tweeted: “Personal announcement. 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”
He then followed up with a tweet saying: “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.”
Marr has since announced he is joining left-wing political magazine the New Statesman as chief political commentator, penning a weekly column.
The veteran broadcaster will also be joining radio network Global with shows on LBC and Classic FM.
Seemingly fed up with BBC’s impartiality standards for presenters, Marr said in a statement: “Coming to Global gives me new freedom – to do fast-paced, very regular political journalism on LBC with no filter, in entirely my own voice.
“On Classic FM, I’ll be exploring my love of classical music, and culture generally, with some surprising guests.”
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