Andrew Marrs replacement announced as Sophie Raworth after quitting BBC

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Andrew Marr's replacement after quitting his BBC role has been announced as Sophie Raworth.

The host of The Andrew Marr Show decided to quit his role after an incredible 21-year stint and make for rival news group Global.

And now the BBC have confirmed that Raworth, 53, will present the programme from January 9 – with a temporary name change to Sunday Morning.

In a statement, the broadcaster confirmed that Sophie will front the political show for a "short period" while they recruit a more permanent presenter.

The BBC statement added: "The programme will then relaunch with a new presenter, title and a new look."

Journalist Sophie is well qualified for the interim role, having already appeared as a guest presenter and guest reporter on The Andrew Marr Show for six episodes.

She has also appeared on everything from BBC News and Sport Relief to the report of Prince Philip's funeral earlier this year.

And fans are already chuffed about the appointment, with one writing on Twitter: "Congratulations on being appointed to BBC Politics. You are a wonderful choice for any programme!"

"Great choice!" someone else echoed.

As a third fan posted: "Keep Sophie and team her up with Ros. That’s a winning combination!"

Speaking of his new role, Andrew said at the time: "Personal announcement. After 21 years, I have decided to move on from the BBC. l leave behind many happy memories and wonderful colleagues.

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

The star added another tweet which read: "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.

"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!"

Speaking about his new role, Andrew said in a statement: "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."

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