Andrew Marr is joining the New Statesman as Chief Political Commentator in February 2022. Marr is the pre-eminent political journalist in the country and at the end of the year he will leave the BBC after more than two decades at the corporation. During that period, he was an award-winning political editor and most recently the star of the hugely successful Andrew Marr Show, which attracted average viewing figures of 2 million each week.
Marr will write a weekly column on political affairs and contribute more generally to the New Statesman’s ambitious plans to expand and internationalise its reach and political coverage.
Andrew Marr said: “It’s a huge privilege to be joining one of the great titles of British political journalism, the paper of Orwell, Priestley and Ali Smith – I grew up learning how to think by reading Christopher Hitchens and other NS writers – and I’m thrilled to be there as part of my new life which includes daily political broadcasting for LBC and Global. I have been looking for partners who won’t be leaning on my shoulder as I write – and it seems I have found them.”
“I’m delighted Andrew is joining us,” Jason Cowley, New Statesman Editor-In-Chief, said. “He has unrivalled contacts and experience. He is a terrific writer, as well as broadcaster, and I hope and expect his arrival as part of the team will make the New Statesman a destination for readers across the political spectrum.”
Andrew Marr joins the New Statesman at a time of considerable growth, with paid-for circulation at a 40-year high after a 75 per cent rise in digital subscriptions in 2020. The title has set up an audio and visual team, launched new products, including the World Review newsletter and podcast, and is expanding its international coverage under the leadership of Jeremy Cliffe, as well as its coverage of environment and climate issues.