Andrew Marr’s Sunday morning program on BBC One has been an essential show for years for people who have followed Westminster’s intrigues. His departure leaves a vacancy for one of the most high-profile jobs in political journalism. Here are some of the candidates to replace him:
One of the presenters on BBC Radio 4’s flagship news program Today, Husain is a major player and is respected for his forensic and persistent, but patient, interview style. She also has many years of experience in reporting and presenting news on BBC television and is responsible for some of the television station’s more memorable interviews with political figures from around the world.
The presenter of Newsnight has won recognition for his high-profile interviews with the Duke of York, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and would be a sparring partner to count on when sitting down with political leaders.
The BBC’s political editor is likely to be among the frontrunners for the job. It was previously reported that Kuenssberg was negotiating to step down from his role for the past six years to join the Today program as part of a major redeployment of the BBC’s on-air staff.
The presenter of BBC Global Questions and Hardtalk has hosted Marr’s show before, so she would be a familiar face to his regular viewers.
The news anchor has been a regular presenter on BBC News on Six and Ten since 2010 and has previously worked as the BBC’s correspondent in Asia, Africa, Washington, Paris and Brussels. Earlier this year, he replaced John Humphrys as host of Mastermind when the veteran journalist resigned after 18 years in the role.
The former BBC political editor, who has also filled in for Marr before, is currently a presenter on the Today program and Political Thinking.
The award-winning TV station has featured some of the BBC’s biggest programs, including Newsnight and Panorama, and has been at the forefront of its own current affairs show. When plans to abolish her acclaimed self-titled BBC Two program were leaked, Derbyshire said she was “absolutely devastated”.
It has been mentioned that the former longtime BBC host could return to the fold after resigning from his roles as chairman and host of a primetime show on GB News. Neil has since said it was a “big mistake” for him to be the face of the infant channel, suggesting he is keen on another job in television, saying: “I do not want GB News to be sentence in my broadcasts career. “
The BBC newsreader, another who has previously covered for Marr, is one of the main hosts of BBC News on Six and Ten. She has also featured election night coverage, as well as Watchdog, Crimewatch and coverage of the Chelsea flower show.
The BBC’s media editor is the presenter of Today, as well as Start the Week on Radio 4. He is also a restaurant reviewer and regularly appears on television as a guest on MasterChef’s judging panel.