Top BBC journalist Marr recovering after stroke

10th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

Leading BBC journalist Andrew Marr was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke, the corporation announced.

"Andrew Marr was taken ill yesterday and taken to hospital," said the statement. "The hospital confirmed he has had a stroke."

It added that the 53-year-old was responding to treatment and that "his colleagues and the whole BBC wish him a speedy recovery."

Leading media figures took to Twitter to lend their support.

Fellow BBC presenter Andrew Neil wrote: "Very distressed to hear news about Andrew Marr. Best wishes for full and speedy recovery."

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee added: "Andrew Marr, renaissance man, polymath, wise commentator, painter, runner, brilliant cook -- and ace editor. Get well soon. Needed in public life."

Marr moved through the journalistic ranks as a newspaper reporter, becoming editor of the Independent, before being made the BBC's political editor.

He currently hosts radio show "Start The Week" and television programme "The Andrew Marr Show", which will be hosted this week by James Landale, the BBC said.

Marr hit the newspaper headlines in May 2011 when it was revealed he had taken out a court injunction to prevent the publication of a story detailing an extra-marital affair.

© 2013 AFP

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