Andrew Marr, the BBC’s news presenter, has resigned after 21 years on the job: a major setback as the debate over the licence fee erupts.

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Andrew Marr, the BBC’s news presenter, has resigned after 21 years on the job: a major blow as the debate over the licence fee erupts.

ANDREW MARR is retiring from the BBC after 21 years of service.

“Personal announcement,” the journalist and host wrote on Twitter, announcing his departure.

I have decided to leave the BBC after 21 years of service.

“I leave behind a lot of fond memories and wonderful coworkers.”

“However, starting in the New Year, I’ll be moving to Global to write and host political and cultural shows, as well as write for newspapers.”

“I believe British politics and public life will experience an even more turbulent decade, and as I’ve said, I am eager to reclaim my own voice,” he continued.

“I’ve been doing the Andrew Marr show every Sunday morning for 16 years, which is probably enough time for anyone!”

This comes as the BBC is embroiled in a legal battle over its license fees, with Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries promising a “detailed look” at the model.

“We will undertake a detailed look at the TV license model to ensure it is fit for the future,” she said ahead of the BBC’s next charter review process.

There will be more updates later.

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