Hit or Miss? Andrew Marr admits to taking out super-injunction

BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr this week became the first public figure to voluntarily admit to using a super-injunction.

Speaking out: Andrew Marr
Speaking out: Andrew Marr

Marr won a High Court injunction in January 2008 to suppress reports of a relationship with a fellow journalist. When challenged by the Daily Mail, Marr said he would no longer seek to prevent the story being published. He told the paper: 'I did not come into journalism to go around gagging journalists.'

HOW I SEE IT - PHIL HALL, FOUNDER, PHIL HALL ASSOCIATES

Andrew Marr fronts the BBC 's main current affairs show on a Sunday morning, and clearly one of the main political stories last week was super-injunctions.

I suspect that he felt compromised and felt he couldn't discuss it because the anchors on these show must be impartial. Clearly he couldn't remain impartial knowing that he had his own super-injunction in place, so he had no choice but to go public. I don't think he necessarily did it because he's a journalist and feels that injunctions are inappropriate.

I think his decision is right because otherwise he may have been forced to effectively stand down from his show, because the whole integrity of the programme is being affected. It's a hit for his professional career because it means he is no longer compromised when discussing it, but it's clearly a miss for his family.

- HIT.

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