BBC make HUGE blunder as Sophie Raworth reads the headlines
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Sophie Raworth has been announced as the BBC journalist that will replace Andrew Marr on his flagship show on Sunday mornings. She will take on the role on an interim basis after her colleague announced he will be leaving the BBC after two decades. In a statement, the broadcaster confirmed that Ms Raworth will front the popular show for a “short period” while a recruitment process for a permanent presenter takes place. Mr Marr’s last show will air on December 19.
When announcing his departure, Mr Marr said: “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.”
Ms Raworth, who is currently a presenter on BBC News at Six and News at 10, has worked for the public service broadcaster since 1992, following a number of political stories over the years.
This includes the four years of political furore sparked by Brexit between 2016 and 2020.
In January 2019, then-Prime Minister Theresa May planned to travel to Brussels for talks with the EU, but rather than show footage of the Conservative leader, the BBC accidentally showed images of a fleet of second World War planes.
As the incorrect footage was broadcast, Ms Raworth told viewers: “Theresa May says she intends to go back to Brussels to negotiate her Brexit deal but EU leaders say the deal is done and they will not reopen talks.”
Paul Royall, editor of the News at Six and News at 10, said on Twitter the clips had been intended to tease a later story about an airbase. He joked he was “pretty sure” Mrs May was not travelling to Europe in a warplane.
Mr Royall said: “For those wondering ‒ simple human error at end of #BBCNewsSix.
“A production mistake meant pictures used earlier to tease story about Biggin Hill ended up in our top story recap at close of show.
“If and when it happens pretty certain PM not travelling to Brussels like this.”
As Ms Raworth prepares for a new career move, Mr Marr has announced he will move to Global to host a radio show on LBC.
He will also become the New Statesman’s chief political commentator.
Global said in a statement: “Global, one of the world’s leading media & entertainment groups, has signed Andrew Marr in an exclusive deal, which will see the broadcaster and journalist present brand-new programmes on LBC and Classic FM next year.
“Marr will host a brand new, opinion-led programme, broadcast on LBC and fully visualised on Global Player where he will give his view on the biggest issues of the moment, along with agenda-setting guests.
“He joins Britain’s biggest commercial news talk station as it celebrates its highest ever listening figures, with more than three million people now tuning in across the UK each week.”
It is likely we will hear more of Mr Marr’s views on the political issues of the day.
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In February, he wrote a column for Prospect Magazine looking at the “imperilled state of the Union” as Scotland pushes for independence.
He said: “After Brexit, we know how easily vision can trump bookkeeping. The people of Scotland will, sooner or later, have a choice to make.
“And even if many English voters haven’t cottoned on yet, it is going to affect them just as much — indeed, everybody living in every corner of the nation state which, for the time being, we still call the United Kingdom.”
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