Andrew Marr Biography
Andrew Marr born Andrew William Stevenson Marr on 31st July 1959 is a Scottish television presenter, political commentator, a journalist and also an actor.
Andrew Marr Age
He was born on July 31, 1959, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Andrew Marr Family
Marr was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Donald Marr, an investment trust manager, and his wife Valerie. Regarding his upbringing, he has said: “My family are religious and go to church and I went to church as a boy”.
Andrew Marr Wife and Children
Andrew married Jackie Ashley in August 1977 in Surrey. They have 3 children, 1 son and 2 daughters.
Andrew Marr Reporter
Marr joined The Scotsman in 1981 as a trainee and junior business reporter . In 1984, he moved to London where he became a parliamentary correspondent for the newspaper, and then a political correspondent in 1986. Marr met the political journalist Anthony Bevins, who became his mentor and close friend. Bevins was responsible for Marr’s first appointment at The Independent as a member of the newspaper’s launch staff, also in 1986.
Shortly afterwards, Marr left and joined The Economist, where he contributed to the weekly “Bagehot” political column and ultimately became the magazine’s political editor in 1988. Marr has remarked that his time at The Economist “changed me quite a lot” and “made me question a lot of my assumptions”.
Andrew Marr BBC
Marr began his career as a political commentator, as an editor of ‘The Independent’ in the years between 1996 and 1998 and also as political editor of BBC news from 2000 to 2005. He hosted a political programme ‘Sunday AM’, now called ‘The Andrew Marr Show’.
When Marr was appointed as BBC political editor in May 2000, he played various presentational roles and announced in 2005 that he would step down as a political editor to give time to his family. In 2000, he took over John Sergeant, as the BBC’s political editor. He was an avid painter and has written many books related to arts.
He moved to a new role in September 2005, presenting the BBC’s Sunday morning flagship news programme Sunday AM, known as The Andrew Marr Show since September 2007; the slot was previously filled by Breakfast with Frost and hosted by Sir David Frost. Marr also presented the BBC Radio 4 programme Start the Week until his illness in 2013, and has now returned as the programme’s regular host.
The BBC broadcast Marr’s History of Modern Britain in May and June 2007 . He presented the series of five one-hour documentaries chronicling the history of Britain from 1945 to 2007. Unsold copies of the book of the series, a best-seller, were recalled in March 2009 by publishers Macmillan when legal action was taken over false claims that domestic violence campaigner Erin Pizzey had been a member of The Angry Brigade terrorist group. According to her own account, in a Guardian interview in 2001, Pizzey had been present at a meeting when they discussed their intention of bombing Biba, a fashion store, and threatened to report their activities to the police. Damages were paid to Pizzey and Marr’s book was republished with the error removed.
In 2008, he presented the prime time BBC One series Britain From Above. The following year, he contributed a three-part series called Darwin’s Dangerous Idea to the BBC Darwin Season, celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his theory of evolution. He worked more for BBC after 2009. As Marr was also interested in politics, he also wrote about the need of impartial, delivering news reports.
Andrew Marr Political Views
Marr has written about the need to remain impartial and “studiously neutral” whilst delivering news reports and “convey fact, and nothing more”. In The Daily Telegraph, in 2007, he claimed to be a libertarian when discussing his conflicting views on smoking bans.
Discussing impartiality, at an October 2006, BBC seminar ,Marr highlighted alleged bias within the BBC. He stated: “The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities, and gay people. It has a liberal bias, not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”
On 10 October 2010, Marr spoke at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about political blogging. He claimed that “a lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting. They are very angry people.”
Marr was in March 2014, criticised for allegedly expressing his own opinion on an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU while interviewing Alex Salmond on BBC Television.
In the New Statesman during 2015 Marr expressed the opinion that the new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, may be electable and that Conservative leaders recognise this. Marr wrote, “Here and now, in 2015, we know diddly-squat.” At that time Marr considered a Labour election victory under Corbyn unlikely.
The Andrew Marr Show
In his show, Andrew Marr, former BBC political editor, interviews key newsmakers and shines a light on what’s happening in the world. Includes a review of the Sunday newspapers, weather forecast and news bulletin. To view his interviews Click here
Andrew Marr Awards
In 1995, he was named Columnist of the Year at both the What the Papers Say Awards and the British Press Awards, and received the Journalist Award in the Channel 4 Political Awards of 2001.
He was considered for honorary membership of The Coterie for 2007. Marr has received two British Academy Television Awards: the Richard Dimbleby Award at the 2004 ceremony and the award for Best Specialist Factual Programme (for his History of Modern Britain) at the 2008 ceremony.
Marr and his wife were both awarded honorary doctorates from Staffordshire University in July 2009.
Andrew Marr History of the World
In late September 2012, Marr began presenting Andrew Marr’s History of the World, a new series examining the history of human civilisation.