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The giant of the Sunday morning political interview announced he was calling time on a 21-year career with the Beeb leaving a gap in the schedule.

While The One Next to Pete hit out at "the man who made countless unwatchable interviews", Jack62 said it was "sad to see a quality journalist disappearing".

Best of luck to him.

And who should the BBC call to replace him?

"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 !"

"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.

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

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

"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.

At Global, Marr promised "fast-paced, very regular political journalism … with no filter, in entirely my own voice" on the radio station LBC.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

announcing the move on twitter, the journalist and presenter wrote : "personal announcement.

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

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."

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."

The release reads : "Global, one of the world's leading media & entertainment groups, has signed Andrew Marr in an exclusive deal, which will see the broadcaster and journalist present brand-new programmes on LBC and Classic FM next year.

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

"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.

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

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