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

the political editor, laura kuenssberg, is currently a presenter on the today programme and political thinking.

"Andrew has hosted the BBC's flagship political programme, The Andrew Marr Show, for the past 16 years and regularly presents on BBC Radio 4.

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

He 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.

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

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."

"Marr will host a brand new, opinion-led programme, broadcast on LBC and fully visualized on Global Player where he will give his view on the biggest issues of the moment, along with agenda-setting guests.

"As part of the major exclusive broadcast deal with Global, he will also present a brand-new programme on Classic FM, the UK's most popular classical music station, playing the world ’ s greatest music, as well as interviewing guests from the worlds of politics and the arts.

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

Marr was born in Glasgow and began his career at the Scotsman newspaper.

in 1984, he moved to london to work as a parliamentary correspondent for the newspaper, before becoming a political correspondent.

He joined the Independent in 1986 as a member of its launch staff, before leaving for the Economist, where he ultimately became the political editor.

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

Mr Marr's announcement is not the first time he has expressed a desire to use his own voice (Image: Getty)

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

After 21 years, I have decided to move on from the BBC.

But from the New Year I am moving to Global to write and present political and cultural shows, and to write for newspapers."

The TV star announced his departure on Twitter on Friday and revealed that he is going to work for rival newsgroup Global.

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

One penned : "What a huge loss to the BBC Andrew but what an incredible contribution over so long.

Good luck at Global."

A third joined in : "Well, I for one would be happy for another 16 years, but it is completely understandable and looking forward to the new content on Global."

"In addition to his new programmes on LBC and Classic FM, Marr will also present new weekly podcast on Global Player – Global's news and entertainment hub – and will write a regular column for LBC.co.uk.

Andrew Marr has worked for the BBC for 21 years (Image: Getty)

"The recipient of numerous awards for his journalism in broadcast and print, he is also an acclaimed documentary-maker and author, having written more than a dozen books."

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

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.

The award-winning broadcaster has presented some of the BBC's biggest programmes, including Newsnight and Panorama, and fronted her own current affairs show.

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