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"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 !"

He tweeted on Friday : 'Personal announcement.

Andrew Marr has announced he is leaving the BBC after 21 years – including 16 presenting his BBC Sunday morning show – amid a major reshuffle at the broadcaster.

Marr said he would "leave behind many happy memories and wonderful colleagues" at the public broadcaster.

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.

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Andrew Neil is rumoured as a favourite to replace Andrew Marr (Image: PA)

Fran Unsworth, the BBC's outgoing director of news and current affairs, said : "Throughout his long and distinguished career at the BBC, Andrew has been a firm favourite with our audiences.

'we thank him greatly for his years of service and wish him the best of luck in his new role."

His departure from the BBC mirrors that of Andrew Neil's in November 2020 – with both men claiming they needed to find their "voice" without the BBC ’ s constraints of impartiality.

Just three months after airing, Andrew Neil left GB News and is now rumoured to be returning to the BBC.

Laura Kuenssberg, Nick Robinson, and Zeinab Badawi could each replace Andrew Marr (Image: Getty)

Neil has since said it was a "huge mistake" for him to become the face of the fledgling channel and hinted he is keen for another job in TV, saying : “ I don't want GB News to be the full stop in my broadcasting career. ” The BBC newsreader, another who has covered for Marr in the past, is one of the main presenters of the BBC News at Six and Ten.

He said he had "no idea," though it is known the presenter recently had talks with BBC Director-General Tim Davie.

Marr, 62, has hosted The Andrew Marr Show – previously called Sunday AM – on BBC One since 2005.

Other candidates rumoured to be taking over from Mr Marr include BBC Global Questions presenter Zeinab Badawi, presenter of BBC Newsnight Emily Maitlis, former BBC political editor and current presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme Nick Robinson, and presenter of BBC News At Six and Ten since 2010 Clive Myrie.

It’s the end of an era for Marr but he’s excited to ‘get his own voice back’ at Global (Picture: Rex Features)

The political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, is in discussions about stepping down and finding a new home, potentially as a presenter on the Today programme.

The BBC's director general, Tim Davie, said Marr had been a "brilliant journalist and presenter" who left an “ unmatched legacy of outstanding political interviews and landmark programmes ”.

'Andrew started at the BBC as a knowledgeable and insightful political editor and went on to become a feature of the UK's Sunday mornings, on Sunday AM, which became the Andrew Marr Show.

He is a fantastic presenter and interviewer, whose wisdom and skill will be a loss to our screens.

Andrew Marr will be leaving the BBC after more than two decades (Picture: PA)

He continued : '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.

'On Classic FM, I 'll be exploring my love of classical music, and culture generally, with some surprising guests.

I feel I ’ m joining a young, hungrily ambitious and exciting company and I can ’ t wait to get stuck in."

He will also present a new programme on Classic FM, playing music and interviewing guests from the world of politics and arts, host a weekly podcast on Global Player and write a regular column for the LBC website.

His tenure with the Beeb began five years prior when he joined as political editor.

In 2002, he took over as host of Radio 4's long-running series Start The Week.

Marr also narrated a 2013 documentary about Margaret Thatcher following the former Prime Minister's death.

He has also battled other health issues over the years causing him to take time away from the Andrew Marr Show.

The BBC's political editor is likely to be among the frontrunners for the job.

Earlier this year, he replaced John Humphrys as the host of Mastermind when the veteran journalist stepped down after 18 years in the role.

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