Andrew Marr has confirmed that new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will appear on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 27th September.
Corbyn turned down an opportunity to appear on the topical politics show a day after being elected Labour leader, but Marr confirmed at the Radio Times Festival that he has now agreed to be interviewed.
“I’m glad to say that Jeremy Corbyn will be on the show this Sunday,” Marr said as he opened the first full day of the TV and radio festival at The Green at Hampton Court.
“He had promised to come on immediately after the leadership election and didn’t,” Marr explained. “I think there’s a problem for the Jeremy Corbyn movement, which is that they have 250,000 people voting for him. He has a big mandate. 60 per cent of Labour party’s membership voted for him. Fantastic for him.
“But there comes a point when you have to talk to people who are not true believers,” Marr added. “You have to talk to the other many, many millions of people who are sitting quietly at home wondering what they think about him.”
Marr said that despite the Labour leader’s perceived scepticism about mass media, making appearances on programmes like The Andrew Marr Show was the only way to get a political message across to larger audiences.
“Whatever you think of the mass media, whether you hate the BBC or you hate the Murdoch press, in the end you have to use the mass media to reach your audiences,” he said. “All I promise on the show – I’m not going to be mocking or teasing or offensive – I’m going to ask him straight factual questions about what they believe and what they want to do.”
Marr was speaking at the inaugural Radio Times Festival, which also includes talks from Jon Snow, Peter Capaldi, Paul Hollywood and many more famous faces.