ANDREW Marr is quitting the BBC after 21 years at the broadcaster, he has announced.

The 62-year-old journalist said he is looking forward to going "no filter" in new roles with Global.

In a statement Marr said that he will be leaving behind “many happy memories and wonderful colleagues” at the BBC.

Marr joined the BBC in May 2000 as political editor and later spent 16 years at the helm of his own Sunday morning show.

However, he now intends to move to Global to “write and present political and cultural shows” as well as to “write for newspapers”.

The National:

“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," he said.

“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!”

The Glasgow-born journalist has also spent time as a presenter during his career, which including fronting a number of historical documentaries and programmes about the Queen. He has also written several books on the topics.

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Marr said leaving the BBC to join Global would give him ”a new freedom” to do journalism with “no filter”. He will present new programmes on both LBC and Classic FM.

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.

“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.”