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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 May 1950Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameJeremy Dixon Paxman
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jeremy Paxman is arguably Britain's most respected political journalist, renowned for his tough, rigorous interviewing of public figures. He was born in Leeds and educated at a prestigious private school, Malvern College. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English. He joined the BBC as a trainee in 1972 and began working on BBC radio. He worked as a foreign correspondent for BBC television news and read the Six O'clock News. In 1989, Paxman took on what has become the defining job in his career, presenting Newsnight (1980). Although Newsnight had been on the air for nine years previously, and has been presented by other presenters since, Paxman and Newsnight have become synonymous for most people, and he remains with the series to this day.

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Trivia (10)

He was awarded the Richard Dimbleby Award, BAFTA's most prestigious current affairs honour, in 1996 and again in 2000.
He replaced Melvyn Bragg as the host of "Start The Week" on BBC Radio Four in 1999, following the former's elevation to the House of Lords.
He studied English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
In 1999, Jeremy received an honorary degree from Bradford University, in recognition of his work as a television journalist.
Has an M.A degree in English from the University of Cambridge in the U.K.
Is a fellow by Special Election of St Edmund Hall College in Oxford.
Is a Leeds United FC supporter
Father of 3 children (including twins) with his partner Elizabeth Clough.
He likes to wind down by going fishing for salmon and trout.
His book, The English: A Portrait of a People, became an A Level set text.

Personal Quotes (12)

"Did you threaten to overrule him?" - A question he repeated a dozen times to Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard during a "Newsnight" (1980) interview. He never received an answer.
I find it odd that people take me seriously.
The idea of a tax on the ownership of a television belongs in the 1950s. Why not tax people for owning a washing machine to fund the manufacture of Persil? (On the television licence fee)
Watching TV is the most popular leisure activity in Britain. I find that very depressing. I think that the basic problem is that we are all a bunch of barbarians really. At work people are expected to be at the beck and call of employers all the time. You have blackberries and other things, and they just don't leave you alone. People have less time just to drop into an art gallery.
George Entwistle's departure is a great shame. He has been brought low by cowards and incompetents. The real problem here is the BBC's decision, in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry, to play safe by appointing biddable people. They then compounded the problem by enforcing a series of cuts on programme budgets, while bloating the management. That is how you arrive at the current mess on Newsnight (1980). I very much doubt the problem is unique to that programme. I had hoped that George might stay to sort this out. It is a great pity that a talented man has been sacrificed, while time-servers prosper.
[to Conservative minister Chloe Smith] Do you ever think you're incompetent?
[to Conservative minister Chloe Smith] Do you ever wake up in the morning and think my God, what am I going to be told today?
[on the Liberal Democrats' policy to end tuition fees at the 2010 general election] The most blatant lie in recent political history.
[on Channel 4 News (1982)] The home of crackpot conspiracy theories.
[on Twitter] As far as I can see, this is an activity for people who've got nothing going on between their ears or nothing going on in their lives.
[To Nigel Farage] This is a lot of airy-fairy, eye-catching nonsense.
[on the BBC] An organisation almost everyone says they love in principle but which fewer and fewer of us seem keen to pay for in practice.

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