After 21 years, including 16 years fronting the Sunday morning political programme, Andrew Marr has announced that he will be leaving the BBC. The 62-year-old says he will be joining Global to present on LBC and Classic FM. He’ll also write for newspapers. 

Like most of those  who jump ship (including his soon-to-be colleagues at Global such as Eddie Mair), Marr has had enough with keeping his views to himself. In a statement Marr said: “Coming to Global gives me a new freedom – to do fast-paced, very regular political journalism on LBC with no filter, in entirely my own voice.”

The former BBC political editor took over from David Frost in 2005, hosting the Sunday morning key show that features a paper review, political interviews and cultural coverage. Highlights include his dismantling of Chinese Ambassador Lui Xiaoming on genocide in Xinjiang and his emotional conversation with Alastair Campbell on the Iraq war.

Now the broadcaster has the even more daunting job of replacing Marr. Outgoing political editor Laura Kuenssberg looks like an obvious choice, but others are in the equation too. Creator and former Editor of the Andrew Marr Show Barney Jones told The Hound that Emma Barnett would make a great replacement.

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