The BBC just replaced the Andrew Marr Show with… the Andrew Marr Show

Sophie Raworth on Sunday Morning the Marr replacement
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The BBC‘s replacement for the Andrew Marr Show didn’t exactly get off to a flying start. Because the biggest issue with the Andrew Marr Show‘s successor was not the guests or technical problems. It was that it was the Andrew Marr Show – just without Marr himself.

Goodbye Marr, hello Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning has replaced the Andrew Marr Show. The latter’s host said he was leaving the BBC last year. According to the Guardian, Marr will be focusing on “writing and presenting political and cultural shows” for the likes of LBC. He also said he was “keen to get my own voice back”. Although biting his tongue over his political and social views never seemed a problem for Marr on his show.

From making light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to allowing Tory ministers to lie, via repeating government lies and playing-down of the pandemic, Marr was always protecting the establishment. Not that him doing this was new. Because who can forget the infamous clip of him lavishing praise on Blair after the second invasion of Iraq?

But now, Marr has gone – with Sophie Raworth replacing him.

Spot the difference

The BBC has kept exactly the same format: same graphics, same music, same length. Sunday Morning‘s structure is the same as the Andrew Marr Show: monologue, paper review, opposition politician, current affairs segment, arts segment – then finishing with a government politician.

The first thing some people on Twitter noticed was that Sunday Morning had some technical issues:

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And in true Marr style, some people thought Raworth’s grilling of politicians was “biased”.

Sophie Marr?

For example, Jennifer thought Raworth wasn’t exactly fair with her interview style:

And Nicholas was unimpressed with Raworth’s opening monologue (a bit like Marr’s previous downplaying of the pandemic):

And in terms of guests, it was also ‘more of the same’. Labour’s shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves implied she wasn’t against the forthcoming National Insurance increase – just that her party wouldn’t raise it in April. This comes after uproar over shadow health secretary Wes Streeting’s comments about using private companies to clear NHS waiting lists.

Following Reeves, education secretary Nadhim Zahawi lied about Labour calling explicitly for another lockdown at the end of last year.

But overall, the problem with Sunday Morning was the same as with most BBC political and current affairs output.

Part of the establishment ecosystem

As I previously wrote for The Canary:

[BBC] journalists are from the Marr school of bias: entrenched so deeply into the system they barely even realise the narrow, establishment-defined parameters within which they operate.

Also:

The BBC always has been, and always will be… part of the establishment “ecosystem” in the UK, and globally. This makes it the most noxious of media outlets.

Given Sunday Morning is little more than a barely rebranded Marr, it appears that it’s still this business as usual at the BBC.

Featured image via BBC iPlayer – screengrab

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    1. This isn’t anything to do with the cancellation of the 80 year old Jewish lady who’s been kangaroo courted out of New Labour on some trumped up retrospective charge could it? Elsewhere there has been mention of lobbying of the BBC about her appearance on TV in our lovely free country. I may be mistaken, but I thought it was this show she was due to appear on.

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