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.

Announcing the move on Twitter, the journalist and presenter wrote : "Personal announcement.

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," he tweeted.

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.

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

He added : "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.

The post included Marr sitting in his new home at LBC's studios.

Nadine Dorries promised to have a 'detailed look' at licence fees (Image: Getty)

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.

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.

We wish him well for the next chapter. '

'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.

Marr: 'I am keen to get my own voice back.' (Image: Getty)

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

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

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

The former BBC political editor, who has also filled in for Marr before, is currently a presenter of the Today programme and Political Thinking.

Andrew Marr pictured leaving BBC Television Centre in November 2020 (Image: GETTY•BBC)

Marr returned to the Independent as political editor in 1992 and became the editor in 1996.

This comes as the BBC is embroiled in a row over licence fees, with Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries having promised a "detailed look" at the issue.

"the public can see through this orwellian language and will never stomach the bbc intimidating the elderly.

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

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

It was previously reported that Kuenssberg was negotiating stepping away from her role of the past six years to join the Today programme as part of a major reshuffle of the BBC ’ s on-air staff.

The presenter of BBC Global Questions and Hardtalk has hosted Marr's show before, so she would be a familiar face to his regular viewers.

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.

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

Marr: 'The biggest single frustration by far is losing your own voice' (Image: Getty)

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