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Andrew Marr switches to lefty publication after ditching BBC to ‘get own voice back’


The veteran broadcaster announced earlier this month that he is leaving the BBC after 21 years to “get my own voice back”. According to Politico’s Playbook, the 62-year-old will join the New Statesman next February as the magazine’s chief political commentator.

Mr Marr will reportedly pen a weekly political column for the left-leaning publication, as well as contributing more widely to its coverage.

The veteran broadcaster shared news of his departure from the BBC on Twitter earlier this month.

At the same time, he announced he is joining Global to present an “opinion-led programme” on radio station LBC and a new show on Classic FM.

He said: “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.

“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!”

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Mr Marr joined the BBC in May 2000 as political editor and later spent 16 years at the helm of his own Sunday morning show.

BBC director-general Tim Davie said he had been a “brilliant journalist and presenter” during his time at the BBC.

Mr Davie added: “He leaves an unmatched legacy of outstanding political interviews and landmark programmes. We wish him well for the next chapter.”

Andrew Marr said “not very much” about the announcement he is leaving the BBC as he hosted his first Sunday show since the news broke.

During the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, he said he would carry on with the programme until Christmas, adding: “I really want to say this: Not very much.

“You watch this programme, I hope, for the guests and their stories, not the presenter.

“It is always about the stories and not the storyteller.”

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