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Sophie Raworth to replace Andrew Marr as interim presenter on BBC show after his exit

Sophie will be taking Andrew’s place on his regular show (Picture: BBC)

Sophie Raworth has been announced as a temporary replacement for Andrew Marr following his departure from the BBC.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Andrew, 62, had quit the broadcasting firm after 21 years, stepping down from his post presenting The Andrew Marr Show on Sundays.

In a statement shared on Twitter, he said: ‘After 21 years, I have decided to move on from the BBC. l leave behind many happy memories and wonderful colleagues.’

Ahead of his move to Global, where he’ll write and present political and cultural shows and write for newspapers, the BBC has revealed that Sophie, 53, will be Andrew’s interim replacement.

With The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One being temporarily retitled Sunday Morning, the presenter is due to start her new role from January 9.

While Sophie takes charge of the programme, the BBC will conduct its search for a permanent host.

Andrew is setting off for pastures new (Picture: BBC)

Once an official successor has been found, the show will relaunch with a new title and look.

Andrew presented his eponymous show for 16 years, with his final episode due to air on December 19.

Following the news of his exit, he addressed his decision on the programme, stating: ‘You watch this programme, I hope, for the guests and their stories, not the presenter. It’s about the stories and not the storyteller.’

Addressing Andrew Marr’s departure from the BBC, director-general Tim Davie said in a statement: ‘Andrew Marr has been a brilliant journalist and presenter during his time at the BBC.

‘He leaves an unmatched legacy of outstanding political interviews and landmark programmes. We wish him well for the next chapter.’

Sophie joined the BBC in 1992, beginning as a news reporter and going on to become a presenter on BBC News at Six and the BBC News at Ten.

Credit: Original article published here.

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