Marr to step down as BBC political editor

The BBC has confirmed that Andrew Marr is to step down as
political editor to take over Sir David Frost’s ‘Breakfast with Frost’
Sunday morning slot on BBC One.
 
Marr, BBC political editor since 2000, will leave the role later in the summer.
 
Frost has presented ‘Breakfast with Frost’ on BBC
ONE for the past twelve and a half years. His last show will go out on
May 29, his 500th appearance. The first edition of the new show will go
out in September.
 
Marr said: “It has been a wonderful, and gripping
five years as political editor, but I couldn’t think of a bigger and
more thrilling challenge than my own interview programme. My thanks to
David Frost, this is as prestigious as it gets.”
 
Marr will continue to present Start the Week on
Radio 4 and is also due to write and present five one-hour programmes
for BBC TWO, with a working title of ‘A History of Modern Britain’.
 
BBC head of news Helen Boaden said: “Andrew has
been a brilliant Political Editor for the BBC over the past five years.
He has made a huge impact with our audiences who appreciate his wit and
vitality as well as his tremendous knowledge, analysis and insight. We
will also miss David’s enormously engaging and informative weekly
input. For more than a decade, we have benefited from star guests and
his inimitable way of getting the best out of them.”
 
The role of Political Editor will be advertised
internally at the BBC and externally, those thought to be in the
running include ITV’s Nick Robinson and the BBC’s Martha Kearney.
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