The BBC announced earlier this evening that Andrew Marr is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke. In a statement, it said:
Andrew Marr was taken ill yesterday and taken to hospital. The hospital confirmed he has had a stroke. His doctors say he is responding to treatment. His family have asked for their privacy to be respected as he recovers.
We will continue to broadcast The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4’s Start The Week with guest presenters in his absence. His colleagues and the whole BBC wish him a speedy recovery.”
Acting Director-General, Tim Davie, said: “I am very sorry to hear the news about Andrew. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the BBC soon.
Figures from the world of politics and the media have taken to Twitter to wish the presenter well. Ed Miliband, who is due to appear on The Andrew Marr Show this Sunday, wrote: “My thoughts are with Andrew and his family. Hope he gets well soon.”
The New Statesman wishes Andrew a swift and full recovery.