Andrew Marr Show moving to new time as part of 'broader revamp' of Sunday programming on BBC One

The Andrew Marr Show will air an hour later than usual, at 10am, when it returns after the summer break on Sunday.

The time change will mean the BBC One show clashes with Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, which has aired at 10am since its launch in January 2017.

Marr appeared to accidentally announce his time slot change on Twitter this afternoon, when he tweeted at Ridge to explain the move.

He wrote: “Hi Sophy, Andrew here. Just to let you know: they are changing the time of my show to 10am.

“It’s a management thing, based on their reading of the football audience, nothing to do with us and absolutely not meant to be rolling onto your lawn!”

In a second tweet, Marr added: “We are big fans of what you have achieved so far!”

The tweets were deleted in under half an hour and the official Andrew Marr Show account quickly put out an official statement.

It said: “The Andrew Marr Show is moving to 10am on Sunday mornings. This is part of a broader revamp of Sunday programming on BBC One. We will follow Match of the Day. Join us on Sunday at 10am.”

Ridge’s 10am slot previously clashed with ITV’s Peston on Sunday, hosted by ITV political editor Robert Peston.

However it was announced in June that the current affairs show would be moving to a Wednesday night slot after ITV News at Ten from the autumn, and would be renamed Peston.

The BBC previously announced that its revamped Sunday Politics will run as a half-hour programme for each of the nations and English regions on a Sunday, straight after The Andrew Marr Show, but had never given the time.

The changes are understood to be a trial for the autumn, following research showing that the available audience for Marr is higher at 10am. It is also hoped this will attract younger viewers.

The BBC has been freed up to move the show thanks to changes to the Sunday Politics, which will air at 11am from 16 September – offering 90 minutes of morning political programming to BBC One viewers.

The clash with Ridge is understood to be unintentional.

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6 thoughts on “Andrew Marr Show moving to new time as part of 'broader revamp' of Sunday programming on BBC One”

  1. Who cares? I haven’t watched Marr, or QT, or listened to Any Questions, since early in the referendum campaign. I rarely watch Newsnight either now.

    That after a lifetime of being an avid consumer of all of them, a politics nerd, and a staunch defender of the BBC (no longer I’m afraid).

    The reason? – guess. It’s the decision, seemingly taken early in the campaign at a high level, to compensate for the BBC’s inbuilt metropolitan Remain bias by bending over backwards to be sympathetic to the insane, lying Brexshitters.

    The Corporation’s coverage of Brexshit in the last couple of years has been THE media disgrace of my half-century on this earth. Easily-provable, ridiculous, childish lies have been treated as “legitimate opinion” because they’re uttered by borderline-traitorous, but “respectable” Brexshitting politicians. The facts are “balanced” by mad bullshit. Breathtaking hypocrisy and inconsistency (e.g. “let’s control our borders” vs “let’s leave the Irish border wide open because we’ve no bloody idea how to solve it”) are simply ignored or soft-pedalled because they’re part of the “debate”.

    Britain’s future is being ruined by liars, charlatans and idiots…. and history will judge the BBC incredibly harshly for its supine complicity.

  2. Not convinced this will aid Mr Marr’s ‘cutting, hold em to account’ style. Maybe bundle it with early morning TV or better still as an afternoon soap.

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